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WS86 Essay Competition Rules and Guidelines

1. Essays should be submitted in PDF, double line spacing, each page numbered. No pictures or illustrations. Font size 12, Times New Roman (or equivalent).

2. Essays should be not less than 350 words and not more than 400 words for category 1 (ages 12-16) and not less than 800 words and not more than 1000 words for category 2 (ages 17-22).

3. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

4. By entering the contest, all entrants grant WSICE a non-exclusive worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to use and publish each entry for any purpose and in any manner which WSICE, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.

5. The judges decision on any matter is final. There is no obligation on WSICE or on the judges to provide an explanation for any decision made.

6. WISCE and/or the judges may disqualify any entry without an explanation if the evidence suggests that there has been a breach of the competition rules.

7. Prizes are not transferable or negotiable.

8. WSICE accepts no responsibility for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or undelivered. Incomplete and or illegible entries will be disqualified. Late entries will not be considered.

9. All essays must carry a one line certification….. I certify that this essay is solely written by me and no one else has any claim to the copyright.

10. All entrants must submit a passport photograph. (Headshot)

11. Winners will be announced on WSICE website and also contacted individually via email.

Judging criteria

1. Originality and creativity: Treatment of the theme showing imagination, human interest and a fresh point of view. Ability to think ‘outside the box’ in an unusual way.

2. Content and structure: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

3. Length: Must conform strictly to the word limit provided for each category.

4. There must be logical flow using proper grammar and spelling.

5. Adherence to the topic. Essays must stay focused on the topic.

6. Wow factor: Exceptional essays that display an incredible use of vocabulary, clever ideas, and unique style.

7. No use of foul language, derogatory words or insinuation.


WSICE Journey

Our 1st edition premiered 13th July 2010 on the 76th birthday of Professor Wole Soyinka and had 76 stars of stage and screen walk the red carpet at Muson Center in his honor.

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