IARS European Youth Week Essay Competition 2019 (Win a funded trip to the IARS Youth Conference 2019)

IARS European Youth Week Essay Competition 2019 (Win a funded trip to the IARS Youth Conference 2019)

Deadline: June 17, 2019

Applications are open for the IARS European Youth Week Essay Competition 2019. To celebrate the commencement of European Youth Week, they are running an essay competition for all young people between the ages of 14-25 in Europe.

Connected to the European Parliament elections between the 23 to the 26 May 2019, the theme for this essay competition is “Democracy and Me”, and particularly focusing on the role young people can have in influencing decisions and being active in society. This Youth Essay competition, organised by the IARS International Institute is seeking answers to the following question:

“What is the biggest challenge facing young people in Europe in 2019? What steps can young people take to proactively resolve these on both a community and national level?”

By taking the part in the IARS European Youth Week Essay Competition, you have a chance to share your thoughts and opinions with key policymakers and youth organisations on a European platform.


  • €200 towards trip to London for the Youth Conference in July 2019, to present their essays to 100 Conference delegates
  • Presentation training before delivering essay live on stage at the IARS Conference
  • Promotion of essays and work across IARS social media channels
  • Top 5 essays will be published in the 99% Magazine by the IARS International Institute, and shared on the IARS website


  • Open to all 16 – 25 year olds from European Member States
  • Essays should not exceed 2,500 words in length
  • All essays must be in English
  • Only one entry per applicant
  • The three finalists will be announced at the end of June ahead of the Conference and will compete at a grand finale in London as part of the Youth Conference, where they will present their ideas
  • The final winner will be chosen via a public vote

Judging Criteria

  • Subject matter: Relevance to the proposed topic; original or arresting subject, quality of insight and thought; unity of theme; imaginative imagery and concrete detail.
  • Organization: Arrangement of material; clarity of description or argument; management of transitions.
  • Grammar and style: Command of the written language


The essay must be e-mailed to [email protected] with the Subject: Youth Essay Competition (UK or EU) dependent upon which category entered. The e-mail must also include the young persons name, age, location, photograph, what they study (if they study), job (if they have one) and a small paragraph about the young people.

For more information, visit European Youth Week Essay Competition.