The International Atwood Society Writing Competition

The International Atwood Society Writing Competition stands as a vibrant testament to the enduring legacy of Margaret Atwood, one of the most influential literary voices of our time. This competition, while drawing inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s diverse literary career, encourages participants to push the boundaries of traditional storytelling. It’s an opportunity for young writers to explore various genres and styles, demonstrating their versatility and ability to adapt to different literary forms. This annual competition brings together the enduring legacy of Margaret Atwood with the fresh perspectives of new writers. Emphasizing diversity and inclusivity, the International Atwood Society Writing Competition invites young writers from all cultural backgrounds to contribute their voices. This contest values the power of diverse storytelling and how it can be used to build bridges across different cultures and experiences. It’s a celebration of how global narratives can come together to form a rich tapestry of literary expression. Participants can choose to compete in the Creative Writing Segment, Argumentative Writing Segment, or both. Essay prompts will be released on 01 July 2024.

General Information

12 Jul 2024 - 12 Jul 2024

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
(GMT +8) Singapore

Format

Essay Writing

Individual Participation

Eligibility

Junior & Senior (elementary, middle, high school)

7-18 years
No region restriction

Other important info

Resources

Essay Writing Rulebook

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What’s included

  • 200 SGD cash prize for 1st placers
  • 100 SGD cash prize for 2nd placers
  • 50 SGD cash prize for 3rd placers
  • Online publication of top essays

Participating Institutions

Previous editions of this event have been participated by various institutions, including:

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Our legacy

Illuminating the path for creative exploration and bold storytelling.

From the very first edition, the competition set itself apart by offering a unique platform where creative freedom and literary experimentation were not just encouraged but celebrated. It became a space where young writers, free from the constraints of rigid thematic boundaries, could explore a myriad of styles, genres, and subjects, reflecting the diverse and dynamic nature of contemporary literature. Year after year, the competition witnessed a stunning array of entries. From poignant poetry to daring dystopian narratives, each submission was a window into the evolving perspectives and imaginative capacities of young minds. The diversity of these entries mirrored the vastness of Atwood's own literary landscape, yet each work was distinct, marked by the individual's unique voice and vision.

As a young writer, I always felt my stories were just simple school assignments. But this competition gave my words a bigger purpose. It was thrilling to explore different genres and express my ideas among so many talented writers from around the world. This experience has not just improved my writing skills, but also boosted my confidence. I can't wait to participate again next year!

Emma Thompson, Student

Reach & Impact

Where every story matters

The importance of this event lies in its commitment to embracing a wide spectrum of voices and styles. In a world often dominated by a single narrative, this competition celebrates the multitude of stories that define our human experience. It offers a platform where the unheard and the underrepresented can make their voices resonate, where the imaginative visions of young minds are not just seen but valued. This inclusivity is not just a feature of the competition; it is its very essence, reflecting the multifaceted nature of our global society. Beyond providing a stage for emerging talents, the competition plays a crucial role in shaping the future of literature. By encouraging participants to delve into various genres and themes, it fosters a generation of writers who are versatile, open-minded, and reflective.

Founded
2023
Institutions
102
Students
1570
Countries
56

Schedule

All times are indicated in (GMT +8) Singapore time.

TimeActivity
Monday - 01 Jul 2024
02:00 PMRelease of essay prompts and topics
Friday - 12 Jul 2024
10:00 AMSubmission deadline for essay entries
Saturday - 20 Jul 2024
02:00 AMLivestream of awarding ceremony

Tickets

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You may choose to compete in the Creative Writing Segment, Argumentative Writing Segment, or both categories. A ticket must be purchased for each segment.

Creative Essay (Junior Entry)

For 7-13-year-olds

SGD 30

Buy
  • 1 entry ticket
  • Participation certificate
  • Award certificate
  • 200 SGD cash prize for 1st placers in the main category
  • 100 SGD cash prize for 2nd placers in the main category
  • 50 SGD cash prize for 3rd placers in the main category
  • Publication of top essays

Argumentative Essay (Junior Entry)

For 7-13-year-olds

SGD 30

Buy
  • 1 entry ticket
  • Participation certificate
  • Award certificate
  • 200 SGD cash prize for 1st placers in the main category
  • 100 SGD cash prize for 2nd placers in the main category
  • 50 SGD cash prize for 3rd placers in the main category
  • Publication of top essays

Creative Essay (Senior Entry)

For 13-18-year-olds

SGD 30

Buy
  • 1 entry ticket
  • Participation certificate
  • Award certificate
  • 200 SGD cash prize for 1st placers in the main category
  • 100 SGD cash prize for 2nd placers in the main category
  • 50 SGD cash prize for 3rd placers in the main category
  • Publication of top essays

Argumentative Essay (Senior Entry)

For 13-18-year-olds

SGD 30

Buy
  • 1 entry ticket
  • Participation certificate
  • Award certificate
  • 200 SGD cash prize for 1st placers in the main category
  • 100 SGD cash prize for 2nd placers in the main category
  • 50 SGD cash prize for 3rd placers in the main category
  • Publication of top essays