Ashbourne’s Literature Essay Competition 2021 – Question Released!

The question for this year’s Literature Essay Competition has been released, inspired by the tumultuous year we’ve all had…

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Write an essay of no less than 1000 words, (including footnotes and appendices), utilising a relevant literary text of your choice on the theme of isolation and/or community.
The deadline for submission is Friday 18th June 2021.
The competition is open to all students aged between 14 and 18, including non-Ashbourne students. Entrants must not yet have commenced university study.
The prize for first place is £500, so this is certainly not an opportunity to be missed! Those lucky enough to be shortlisted will also receive a cash prize of £50.
You can find out about last year’s winner and their essay here:
For more information as well as terms and conditions for this year’s competition, click here:
We look forward to reading your submission!
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