Last call for Write Start! The deadline for the national essay competition is Monday, November 1

The Wired868 Write Start competition challenges Trinidad and Tobago students, ages 11-18, to tackle one of two stimulating topics, with compelling rewards available for our top 20 writers.

But you’re going to have to step up a gear to beat the deadline! The deadline for submitting an application for the inaugural competition expires at midnight on Monday, November 1, 2021.

Photo: Students from Gandhi Memorial Vedic School volunteer to make a point during a visit by officials from the Ministry of Education.
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At stake is over $ 30,000 TT in cash prizes with winners in categories 11-15 and 16-18 each guaranteed TT $ 6,000 plus six month mobile plans from bmobile.

The Wired868 Write Start competition was started by American businessman from Trinidad and Tobago Sean Powder and is supported by Minister of Education, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, and Minister of Education Lisa Morris-Julian. As previously stated, the cash prizes for each group are $ 6,000 TT (winner), $ 4,000 TT (finalist), $ 2,000 TT (third place) as well as an additional prize of $ 1,000 TT (most shared story).

The top three in both categories will receive TT $ 1,000 in cash, with the remainder of their prize being placed in bank accounts opened in their name and made available to them only at the end of the school year. The 14 other shortlisted writers will receive gift cards from Massy stores.

Additional prizes will also be announced for either category once all submissions have been received.

So what must be done to participate?

Photo: The Wired868 Write Start contest is packed with prizes for entrants of both age groups.
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For children aged 11 to 15, the task is to write a short 600-800 word fictional story with the title, ‘The day I met my local hero‘. The plot and characters may be fictional, but your “hero” must be a real, living, local person.

Group 16-18 is to write an 800-1,000 word essay based on the following subject: “Describe how you think the first post-Covid-19 carnival will be different from its predecessors.”

Participants should email their essays to [email protected] and to copy [email protected] arrive by midnight on Monday, November 1, 2021. Writers should not exceed the stated word limits.

Entries must have a cover page showing the author’s name, date of birth and current school and class as well as a phone number and email address for their parent or guardian. A school phone number is also required.

There is no registration fee.

Photo: Good writing!

COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies will judge group 16-18 while group 11-15 will be judged by a panel chaired by novelist, poet and newspaper columnist Lisa Allen-Agostini and including Francis Warner, former leader of the English Department at QRC, and short story writer Raheema Sayyid-Andrews.

Wired868 will publish the 10 shortlisted stories in each category before the announcement of the final winners on December 15, 2021.

Wired868 Write Start is sponsored by Sean Powder, bmobile, RBC, Massy Stores and Customized Health Solutions and is approved by the Department of Education and licensed by the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).

Editor’s Note: All entries for the Write Start contest should be sent to [email protected] and copied to [email protected]. Good luck!


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