Writing Competition
for Kids

Our writing competition for this year is closed:

Kids World Travel Guide invites you to the 5th annual essay competition - Theme: My Country

Due to the current pandemic, travelling is not an option for most of us, but we still can do some couch surfing and travel around the world online and travel in our minds!

Let's explore our favourite places and share info about the locations that make us happy! Let's tell others what we want them to know about our wonderful home country or favourite country. Or maybe you want to share what you would do to make your country the best in the world? There are so many options to tell us about 'your' country.

Seeing how people live in different parts of the world opens windows and helps us to understand each other better and see the world with different eyes! We are all in this together!

Share with us what makes 'your' country so special and let us know about your home country, happy place or dreamland...

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

Writing Competition 2020
Theme: 'My Country'

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

Be creative! And keep it positive, tell us about all the wonderful insights you have about your country or destination or travel experience.

Junior Category: 8 - 11 years

Essay length: 300 - 400 words. 

The essay may include the following topics:

  • About my home country  
  • My favourite country in the world 
  • The country of my dreams
  • The ideal country: If I was president/ king/ queen…
  • Important facts about my country
  • Customs and traditions in my country
  • Landmarks in my country
  • Holiday and travel experiences

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:

  • Important facts you should know about my country
  • Unique facts about your country
  • Why people should visit my country
  • Ethnic groups, traditions and customs in my country
  • Landmarks and world heritage sites in my country 
  • My country, my people, my culture 
  • My home country or where am I from? Exploring identity and home country topics
  • Foreign school exchange visits and exchange programme reports
  • Holiday experiences and insights of living in a foreign country

The 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 the essay topic 'My Country':

  • What do you call your home country? Where is home? Is this your country of birth? Have you lived in another country? Have your parents been raised in this country?
  • Which ethnic groups live in your country? Are there special customs and traditions? Do you know of cultural traditions that are different to the ones practised in your country or do you know about traditions that are the same in several countries? 
  • Which other countries have you visited? Have you made friends with people from other countries? What is similar and what is different in other countries? 
  • Which countries do you discuss at your school? Which countries do your news report about? Do you like to read news about your country - and about other countries? 
  • Do you enjoy learning about different countries? What fascinated you when you learn about foreign countries? What do you enjoy most when learning about a different country?
  • What should people do, see and visit when they come to your country? Can you share some tips what everybody should know about your country before they come to visit and what they always should remember when visiting your country?
  • What do you like to do, see and visit when you are in a foreign country? Share some tips for exploring other countries with us. 
  • Which words or phrases relate strongly to your culture and your country? Are there popular sayings, proverbs or traditions you want to share with us?
  • Country and identity - Are you living in a different country than your parents or family’s home country? 
  • If you have moved to or lived in different countries, did you ever feel as an outsider? Do you have any tips what to do when you move to another country?
  • Can you tell us about your experiences of being raised in a different country than the country your parents feel home to? Are you feeling you are between cultures and feel different to your parents, family or peers? 

These are just some questions you can ask yourself and explore. Furthermore, here are some famous proverbs which might also provide you with some ideas for your essay entry:

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.  - Thomas Paine

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. - Mahatma Gandhi

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? 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 1 November 2020!

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 2020. 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 'My Country' 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 2020 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 2020. 

10. The winning entrants of the 2020 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 2020. 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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