Results of the Finnbrit Writing Competition 2021

12 November 2021

The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 38th time on the 1st and 2nd of September 2021. The essay titles on these two dates were posted on the Helsinki Finnish-British Society website for download on the competition day. Teachers then sent in the best essays of their schools, and in all 56 shortlisted essays were received from a total of 15 schools throughout Finland.

The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, the Finnish-British Society and the Association of Teachers of English in Finland. The judges gave first prize to Maryam Hakim Hassan from Helsingin medialukio for her touching fantasy story, a vivid description of a fox’s trudge with a human cub on a stormy night. A special mention from the judges goes to Sergei Chechurin from Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio for his detailed and fact-based analysis of pets’ role in our lives.

The standard of essays was as usual extremely high. The judges would like to congratulate the winner and the runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition, not forgetting the English teachers who organised the competition in schools. This year’s competition was postponed to September because of the distance learning period in upper secondary schools in spring 2021. After the pandemic the competition will, hopefully, return to the original timetable and take place in mid-January.

Päivi Kuivalainen

Chair, Essay Writing Competition

First prize(500€ for a trip to the UK)
Maryam Hakim HassanHelsingin medialukio
Runner up prizes(books)
Sergei ChechurinLappeenrannan Lyseon lukio
Serafina Davis-KerppolaRessun lukio
Maija HalonenTurun Klassillinen lukio
Maija LaitinenTurun Klassillinen lukio
Jaakko LindholmJyväskylän Normaalikoulun lukio
Rosa NaamankaRessun lukio
Ellen PitkäniemiMartinlaakson lukio
Anne TakalaLappeenrannan Lyseon lukio
Jemina TuunanenRessun lukio
Anniina VehkalaKankaanpään Yhteislyseo

2021 Essay Writing Competition Topics:

1. Write an imaginative story which begins: “Darkness was setting in when … “
2. How has life changed with covid-19?
3. Always look on the bright side of life. Why it’s always good to be positive.
4. What do pets bring to our lives?
5. The colour green


For the 38th time, the Federation of Finnish-British Societies together with Finnish-British Society Helsinki (Finnbrit) is organising the annual national English language writing competition for those students who will start/started Lukio (upper secondary school) in 2021.


The first prize is 500€, which is to be put towards travelling to the UK (tickets refunded after purchase). The prizes for the 9 runners up are novels in English.


The teacher will arrange an invigilated writing event for the essay writing on either Wednesday 1 September or Thursday 2 September 2021. The essay topics are published on the website on 1 September 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Only those students who started Lukio in 2021 can take part. The essay writing time is 90 minutes, and the length of the essay should be 200-250 words (articles and prepositions count as words). Essays longer than 300 words will not be considered. The essays should be typed if possible. Each essay must contain the name and age of its writer and the full name of the school. Use of dictionaries or any other supporting material is not allowed.


The deadline for submitting the essays is Friday 17 September 2021. Teachers should use their own judgement in selecting two essays per group or class (or two essays per approx. 25 students if there are many students not divided into groups or classes). Please do not send all the essays from the group or class you are teaching. The selected essays should be sent by email as pdf attachments to They can, if necessary, also be sent by post to Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, in which case early posting is required.


The panel of judges consists of representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, Helsinki University, the Association of Teachers of English in Finland, and Finnbrit.


The prize winners will be announced on the website on Friday 12 November 2021. The book prizes and certificates will be sent to each school. The winner of the first prize will be contacted through the school.

Finnbrit reserves the right to publish the winner’s name, the name of the school, as well as the winning essay on its website and in its membership magazine: