Ng'oma facilitating Adziwa writing workshop
By Harold Kapindu
2018 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition Representative Yolanda Ng’oma has urged young Malawian writers to participate in this year’s contest.
The appeal was made on Friday, 11th May during a writing workshop at Adziwa Secondary School in Kauma, Lilongwe.
Addressing the students, Ng’oma said the competition promises exciting prizes for 4 winners who will visit London for a week of educational and cultural activities culminating in an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
She said Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates will also be awarded to exceptional entries as well as certificates of participation to each and every contest entrant.
“The competition is an amazing opportunity for the youth in Commonwealth countries to develop their writing skills and get global recognition for their work.” said Ng’oma.
The competition which has been running for 135 years is open to all citizens under 18 years old in 53 Commonwealth countries.
“The competition has 2 categories, junior and senior; and 8 topics between the categories for writers to choose from. Tons of variety for our young aspiring writers,” Ng’oma disclosed.
The senior category is open to youth born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May, 2004 (14-18 years of age) and has word limit of 1500 words for entries under the following 4 topics;
i) A road to a safer future, (ii) How does education contribute to a fairer future? (iii) ‘Healthy, Wealthy, happy and Free’ is one more important than the other? And (iv) Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.
Those eligible for the junior category (born after 31st May 2004) are welcome to submit a piece of writing or illustration not exceeding 750 words and under the following topics; i) What does a fairer future mean to you and your community? (ii) Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is the best method for making it? What will it look like? (iii) ‘A day in the life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people, and (iv) Our common future.
“The competition encourages creativity and challenges them to present their ideas in different formats whether it be an essay, a short story, a poem, a letter, a monologue or even a drawing.” continued Ng’oma.
Established by the Royal Commonwealth Society, a network of organisations and individuals committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world, the competition is geared towards helping the youth develop their written English and critical thinking skills as well encourage creativity and sharing of ideas.
All entries must be submitted online at www.essay.thercs.org by 1 June, 2018. Registration ID numbers.