The Finnbrit Writing Competition 2023

AN INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE WRITING COMPETITION

For the 40th time, the Federation of Finnish-British Societies, together with Finnish-British Society Helsinki (Finnbrit), is organising the annual national English language writing competition. The 2023 competition is for those students who started lukio (upper secondary school) in 2020, as they were not able to take part in their first year of lukio.

PRIZES

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

RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

Each teacher will arrange an invigilated writing event for the essay writing on either Wednesday, 18 January or Thursday, 19 January 2023. The essay topics will be published on the Finnbrit website on 18 January 2023 at 8:00 a.m.

Only those students who started lukio in 2020 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 the writer and the full name of the school. Use of dictionaries or any other supporting material is not allowed.

SUBMITTING ESSAYS TO FINNBRIT

The deadline for submitting the essays is Friday, 10 February 2023. Teachers should use their own judgement in selecting two essays per group or class (or two essays per approximately 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 finnbrit@finnbrit.fi. They can, if necessary, 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

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

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS

The prize winners will be announced on the Finnbrit website on Friday, 17 March 2023. 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, and the winning essay on its website and in the magazine of the Federation of Finnish-British Societies.