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Abstract: Competition 2022

This year we will reflect upon what make us unique and what still binds us all together. Humanity, kindness, happiness! We are all one, wherever in the world we are. As different as we might seem, we still share very similar ideas and values.

Learning about each others daily life from students around the world will be eye opening. How is a typical day for you in your country or community and which daily chores, responsibilities and duties do you have to fulfil? Where and how do you live, how you care for others or what do you do to help improve your community and your environment?

Tell us which routines, customs and habits you have learned, are motivated or impressed by or which ones do you act upon in your life. Share your personal ideas and dreams with us and tell us what makes you happy.

This will help us to better understand each other and shall build bridges between continents. Let us strive to share and care for each other wherever we are. Let us learn what is important to you, your community and your cultural group so we can understand your views and ideas.

With sharing inspirational stories and exploring what we would want to know about other people, cultures and countries will help us to become aware about own own ideas and concepts as well while seeing our world with fresh eyes.

Once we share our insights, learn from each other, look out for each other, this planet will become a better place! So we can all live peacefully together. Make happiness a habit!

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Kids World Travel Guide invites you to the 7th annual essay competition - Theme: "My Life"

Let’s learn from each other by sharing our inspirational stories!

Writing Competition 2022
Theme: 'My Life'

Join our annual writing competition on Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com! Write about your favourite activities, experiences and insights and let all know what inspires you and what motivates you in daily life!  

Be creative! Above all keep it positive, tell us about all the things you love and cherish, what your dreams for your personal future are or what helps you to cope in these different times. Let’s share that happiness is a habit!

Junior Category: 8 - 11 years

Essay length: minimum 300 words - maximum 500 words 

The essay may include the following topics:

  • About your daily routine
  • An extraordinary day in your life
  • Your day at school and at home
  • Your favourite activities
  • An activity, custom or tradition you look for?
  • Your favourite routine or custom
  • An inspirational tradition in your community 
  • Happiness is a habit

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 your daily routine with reflection on your culture and identity
  • An extraordinary day in your life or an inspirational experience you will always cherish
  • An inspirational quote, give us your explanation and your personal inspiration
  • Your day at school and at home, what is unique in your life and what are customs in your country
  • Your favourite activities and personal achievements, dreams and goals for the future
  • Your favourite routine or custom and explaining  traditions and customs in your country
  • An inspirational tradition in your community and your personal motivation and achievements 
  • Happiness is a habit: what makes you happy and motivates you every day to go on and thrive

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 'My Life':

  • What does a normal day look like for you? Which activities do you engage in on a regular basis? What or who do you look after and care for? Tell us about your activities and give us an idea about what made you choose certain activities
  • Which places and and which customs or traditions in your country do you find inspirational? Is there a custom or traditional story others should know about and feel inspired? Tell us also why you like to recommend this custom or tradition. Where did this tradition originate and what could other achieve if practising this tradition?
  • What are you passionate about? Have you achieved something special to you? Do you have special skills that help you cope or can spread happiness? 
  • What means happiness to you? What makes you happy? What do you regularly do that makes you happy? What motivates you in your daily life?
  • Where do you find happiness? Do you have a happy place or activity in your life that makes you experience happiness? Is there a special festival, celebration or event that help you believe in your dreams?
  • How can one bring happiness 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?
  • What do you await with anticipation every day/every month/every year? What do you dream of, what do you want to learn or experience? What do you think could improve your daily life or the life in your community or country? 
  • Which quote or proverb inspires you or helps you to see that we are all one? 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:

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, to fear less."
Marie Curie

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."
Albert Einstein

"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality."
Malala Yousafzai

Now it’s up to you: Be a writer, journalist, poet or artist, let us know what happiness means to you and share your inspirational story: My Life!

The topic is quite broad this year again, so we trust you will be motivated to share your story! 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!

And remember: This year’s deadline is strictly

1 October 2022 (10:00 pm/ 22:00 UTC)

Important info about this writing competition

Writing Competition Entry Fee: None. Entries are open from anybody in the specified age groups and from anywhere in the world. However, only online entries on the specified entry form are accepted. Entries open until 1 October 2022. 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.

No participation certificates will be provided if not agreed and confirmed by Kids World Travel Guide.

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 'My Life' competition is open to pupils in schools worldwide as well as to 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 for this writing competition must have been received by 1 October 2022 (10:00 pm/ 22:00 UTC) 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 in the 2022 writing competition, one for each category, will be chosen for participation in a special blog article which will be published on the website on 1 November 2022. 

10. The winning entrants of the 2022 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 2022. No correspondence or negotiation will be entered into after this period. 

11. The prizes in this writing competition 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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