Writing Competition
for Kids

It's the time again! Here is our Writing Competition for 2021!

Kids World Travel Guide invites you to the 6th annual essay competition - Theme: "Hope"

The pandemic has taught us a lot and though there are still dark days ahead, we all know that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. We know that one day we can travel and explore again but for now we have to keep our families and environment safe and so we continue to travel only in our dreams and hope for a better world once this pandemic has passed. 

Let's explore and share our hopes and dreams, tell each other about favourite places and spaces that make us happy! Let's tell others what we want them to know about our how we live together peacefully, care for each other and watch out for our environment. What is your hope for a better world? What are your hopes for yourself, your family, your country or our planet?

There are so many different aspects of hope. Choose one of the essay options to tell us about what hope means for you. 

Once we share our insights, learn from each other, look out for each other, this planet will be a better place! So let the sunshine in!

Let’s explore and share our dreams and hopes!

Writing Competition 2021
Theme: 'Hope'

Join our annual writing competition on Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com! Write about your activities, experiences, insights and favourite tips about your happy space and let all know what gives you hope and happiness!  

Be creative! Above all keep it positive, tell us about all the wonderful things you experienced in the recent months, what your dreams for the future are or what helps you to cope in different times. Let’s share what makes you happy!

Junior Category: 8 - 11 years

Essay length: minimum 300 words - maximum 500 words 

The essay may include the following topics:

  • About my happy space
  • My hopes, my dreams, my future
  • My favourite activities
  • My message of hope
  • My book of hope
  • My favourite hero, my favourite heroine
  • My favourite quote
  • A story that makes me happy
  • Tips for happiness - spread the hope
  • Random acts of kindness
  • What gives me hope

The essay has to be submitted in English, but may include words or phrases in a foreign language.

Senior Category: 12 - 15 years

Essay length: minimum 300 words - maximum 500 words

The essay may include the following topics:

  • About my happy space
  • My hopes for the future
  • My favourite quote
  • Message of hope
  • My dreams, my hopes, my future
  • Possibilities, dreams and hopes
  • Inspirational people: biography of an idol
  • Inspirational places
  • Inspiring traditions and customs
  • Idols, inspirational people and extraordinary achievements 
  • Listing of positive facts about your country
  • Tips for happiness: What people can do to be more happy
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Life in the country of my dreams
  • The future of my country
  • A better world for all

The essay has to be submitted in English, but may include words or phrases in a foreign language (with comments and translations, please).

Join in and Enjoy!

Please spread the news about our new essay competition for buddying writers and young travellers. Looking forward to receiving all the wonderful essays from your students and children! 

Here are some questions to start with when reflecting on the essay topic 'Hope':

  • What means 'hope' for you? What do you hope for? What is your hope for your own future? What do you hope for your family, your country or our planet?
  • What brings you hope? What motivates you to dream and go on, what inspires you to not give up on your dreams? What makes you happy and helps you to overcome dark days or nights?
  • Where do you find hope? Is it a happy place or a person that give you hope and inspires you? Is it a special festival, celebration or event that shows you a way to believe in your dreams?
  • How can we build a better place for all? How can we all live happily and hope for the best future for us all?
  • What is you hope for your own future? What are your dreams in life? What do you want to achieve in your life? 
  • Have you already achieved something special? Do you have special skills that help you to cope and spread hope to others? Can you tell us about some random act of kindness that spread hope and happiness?
  • What do you await with anticipation? What do you dream of, what do you want to learn or to experience? 
  • How can one bring hope to somebody who struggles? Do you have some tips for leading a happy life? What can help somebody who is unhappy to continue a task or is on a difficult path without giving up?
  • Which people inspire you? Are there any heroes or heroines that you admire and that give you hope that you can achieve what you set out to do or to become?
  • Do you have a favourite book that you would recommend to read? Is there a story people should read to be inspired? Any book you would recommend as bringing hope to people? Tell us also why you like to recommend reading it. Give a short summary and the reason why the book instills hope in you and can be of good use to others.
  • Which places and customs do you find inspiritational? What is your personal happy space?
  • Which quote or proverb does give you hope or helps you to see the light? Please also research the author of the quote and give us an overview about the person and the saying, the reason for the quote and what it means to you personally. Here are some famous proverbs which might also provide you with some ideas for your essay entry:

Hope is passion for what is possible. - Søren Kierkegaard

The purpose of life to believe, to hope, and to strive. - Indira Gandhi

Hope is being able to see there is light despite all of the darkness.
- Desmond Tutu

Now it’s up to you: Be a writer, journalist, poet or artist, let us know what’s your beacon of light and shine the light: Hope!

Wow, lots of info about this year's really broad topic, isn't it? Maybe some of you want to write more than one essay now or write the essay with a partner or group? Please let us know if this is the case...

Now we wish you all a wonderful time planning and writing your essay!

"Hope" K-W-T-G Essay Competition 2021

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And remember: This year’s deadline is strictly

1 October 2021 (10:00 pm/ 22:00 UTC)

Important info about this writing competition

Writing Competition Entry Fee: None. Only online entries on separate writing competition form are accepted. Entries open until 1 October 2021. See form below or click here.

Writing Competition Prizes: Each of the category winners (8-11 years/ 12-15 years) will receive a book voucher of US $50. The runner-up in each category will win a travel book prize worth $25.

The best essays in each category of the writing competition will be published on Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com and thus will be seen by thousands of visitors! The winning essays are also great publicity for your school, so let your teacher or headmaster know about this valuable and free opportunity to spread the word.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!

Writing Competition Terms and Conditions

1. The 'Hope' competition is open to pupils in schools worldwide as well as homeschooling students. Learners taking part in the competition must fall into one of the two categories, ages 8 - 11 years and 12 -15 years. Parents and teachers can submit the children's essays online and can contact us with further queries via our contact form. Pupils also can apply but must be in possession of parental consent.

2. All information detailing how to enter the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions. Any special considerations are at the full discretion of this site's editor. Also make sure to be familiar with our privacy policy.

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3. To participate in this competition, entrants must write a feature article on the topics as described above in approximately 500 words, see further details above. Entries must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that no element of their entry infringes the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entries will be judged on which are the most original, interesting and entertaining. 

4. Entries should be submitted via the online entry form and must include the entrant’s (preferably the participant's school as well) full address and an email contact. Or your can send the entry within an email to info @ kids-world-travel-guide.com. Email attachments will NOT be accepted!

5. Entries must have been received by 1 October 2021 to be considered for the competition and possible publication on Kids World Travel Guide. 

6. The judging panel will be the editor and team of Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into. 

7. Copyright in all submissions to the competition remains with the respective entrants. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to KidsWorldTravels to feature any or all of the submissions in any of its publications, its websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. 

8. Illegible, incomplete or defaced entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

9. Two entries from all winning entries, one for each category, will be chosen for participation in a special blog article which will be published on the website on 1 November 2021. 

10. The winning entrants of the 2021 annual competition will receive prizes. Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the winner and runner-up being notified. Notification of winners by 1 November 2021. No correspondence or negotiation will be entered into after this period. 

11. The prizes as described are available on the date of publication and are subject to availability. Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com is responsible for the publication, adjudication of this competition and the provision of the prizes.

12. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the organiser and accordingly the organiser may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof. 

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