Writing Competition
for Kids
2019

Yeah! It's writing competition time again! Kids World Travel Guide invites you to the 4th annual essay competition!

Speaking different languages opens new worlds and lets us see the world with different eyes. Learning a foreign language is a gift that keeps giving as it opens doors to people's hearts.

Share with us what makes speaking different languages so special and let us know about your home language/s and foreign language learning experiences.

Explore our wonderful world and share your insights with us when you submit your short essay.

Writing Competition 2019
Theme: 'The Gift of Languages'

Join our annual writing competition on Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com! Write about your experiences, insights and favourite language learning tips and let all know what makes your language so special!  

Be creative! And keep it positive, tell us about all the wonderful insights you have about your language or travel experience and wish others would know about.

Junior Category: 8 - 11 years

Essay length: 300 - 400 words. 

The essay may include the following topics:

  • Language/s we speak at home
  • Languages in my country
  • Foreign languages at my school
  • Best tips on how to learn a language
  • My favourite language
  • Language and travel experiences
  • The importance of learning languages

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: 500 - 600 words

The essay may include the following topics:

  • Foreign language learning at my school
  • The power and limitations of language
  • Language and culture
  • Bilingual education
  • Language learning tips
  • The importance of learning languages
  • Language as a social gift
  • Experiences from a foreign language exchange programme
  • Language and travel experiences

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

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 languages:

  • What is your home language? Do you speak another language? Are you bilingual or even multilingual?
  • Which languages are spoken in your country? Are there any indigenous languages? Do you speak an indigenous language? 
  • Which other languages are spoken by people around you? Would you like to learn another language? 
  • Which languages are offered at your school? How did you choose your foreign language? Do you take any extracurricular language classes and why?
  • Do you enjoy learning, listening to, speaking or writing the new language? What is easy to learn and what is difficult in this language? What do you enjoy most when learning a new language?
  • How do you learn a language? Share some tips for learning a foreign language with us.
  • Tell us some of your favourite words? Teach us some useful words in your home language or in a foreign language you speak or learn. 
  • Which words or phrases in your language relate strongly to your culture? 
  • Language and identity - New language means new me? 

Here is a famous Chinese proverb about language which might provide you with some ideas for your essay entry:

To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. 

Wishing you all a wonderful time planning and writing your essay!

And remember: This year’s deadline is 1 November 2019!

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 November 2019. See form below or click here.

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!

The Gift of Languages - Essay Competition 2019

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Terms and Conditions

1. The 'The gift of Languages' 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 November 2019 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 15 November 2019. 

10. The winning entrants of the 2019 annual competition will receive prizes. Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the winner and runner-up being notified. Notification of winners by 15 November  2019. 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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