For Sixth Formers and Students!

Write an essay of up to 2000 words

Two £50 cash prizes for each age category!

A chance to have your work published!

Competition details

THEME: Intersectionality

Have you noticed the interconnectivity of theoretical ideas? Do you see the impact of one part of our world on the other?

This competition aims to encourage you to consider academia from an intersectional perspective. This can be an interdisciplinary approach, such as ”Climate Crisis and Economy”, or ”Media and Social Justice”. You can explore what intersectional thinking involves, how it can be used in academia, or how it can be a tool to tackle issues in the every day.

Entry is £2 per student, with one winner in the 16-18 category and another in the 19-21 category. An opportunity to take back control of your ideas and exhibit them after these disruptive past months!

Contact with your submission by October 16th. Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Essay Title
  • Age
  • School or University
  • Occupation

We accept the entry fee by bank transfer (email us for details) or by Paypal (adjacent).


What is ‘Intersectionality’?

“The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage; a theoretical approach based on such a premise.”

When does the competition open and close?

It opens on 16th July and closes on 16th September 2020

When will my entry be judged?

We will judge entries at the end of September 2020 and post notification of the winners on this website and through our social media. You will also be emailed.

What happens with a winning entry?

You will receive a prize (details above) and the entry will be posted here and promoted online.

What if I don’t win?

We will endeavor to provide feedback for all entries, but may not be able to provide extensive details.

Who will judge the entries?

A panel of three judges, including one Arkbound Foundation trustee. All have extensive experience with creative writing and will judge entries based on originality, depth of insight and quality of writing.

Do you have anything else I can get involved with?

Yes! We welcome volunteers from all ages and backgrounds, with chances to help with numerous projects. We will also be launching another competition later in the year which will see pairs of people from UK and countries in the Global South write about issues related to climate change. Get in touch to find out more.