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Essay Writing Competition 2020:

April 02, 2020 - Launch of the Essay Competition
October 23, 2020 - Deadline for submissions
September 30, 2020 - Finalists announced
November 9-10, 2020 - Final Jury CEO Education Best Essay Writing Singapore.
December 11, 2020 - Award Ceremony during the education Conference in Singapore.
NOTE: Submissions will be accepted from January 15 till October 22, 2020.


Awards include:

• A grand prize of SGD8,000
• Runner-up prizes of SGD2,000 (50 awards)

Authors of the best essays (finalists) will be invited to participate in the World Bank Conference 2020 on Development Economics.

NOTE: The jury reserves the right to modify the allocation depending on the number of winning essays.

Topics for Essay Competition 2020

Please Click here and choose any one topic of your choice.


The Essay Competition 2020 is organized by the World Bank, the Cities Alliance and the Government of Sweden, in partnership with: ABS Incorporated USA.

Steering Committee and Advisory Committee:

The Essay Competition is organized by the World Bank in partnership with several outstanding academic and civil society institutions who form the Steering Committee and Advisory Committee. The role of those Committees is to determine the topic and format of the contest as well as to ensure a fair and transparent process of selecting the winners.

The Advisory Committee includes representatives of Government of Sweden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, UN-HABITAT, United Cities and Local Governments.

Review Committee

Essays will be reviewed by the Review Committee, consisting of some members of the Steering Committee and Advisory Committee.

Evaluation criteria include: quality of proposals, structure, coherence of arguments, originality/creativity, style, use of sources and evidence.

The jury will complete their selections of finalists in November 30, 2020, after a three-stage review process. Essays will be blind-reviewed. Finalists will be invited to present their essays to a panel of experts during the Final Jury. The winner(s) will present their award by means of money transfer by the end of February 2021.

Contact us

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Email to: SingaporeEssayWritingContest2020 [at] BestEssayWriting.com

The competition is intended for youth aged 18-25 from any country of the world. Anyone born between the year 1992 and 1999 inclusive is invited to take part in the competition. No exceptions will be granted.

Award Winning Essay Topic from 2014 to 2019

Year 2019

Topic 1: What are the negative effects of diets?
Topic 2: How does fashion influence on students’ lives?

Year 2018

Topic 1: Can brain damage from drugs be reversed?
Topic 2: Education should be free for everyone

Year 2017

Topic 1: How does corruption affect your life?
Topic 2: What can you do to fight the corruption that you face?

Year 2016

Topic 1: How do you contribute to solving community problems?
Topic 2: How do you influence decision making?

Year 2015

Building a Secure Future, Seeking Practical Solutions
1) What are the biggest obstacles you face in your daily life?
2) What practical solutions would you propose to build a secure future for yourself and others?

Year 2014

Radically Reducing World Poverty: what Role for Europeans?


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