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2014 WOL Foundation Essay Competition

2014 WOL Foundation Essay Competition

WOL Foundation runs an annual competition looking for the best non-technical, English language writing on any themes related to political/social/environmental issues

Entries will be judged by the members of our Advisory Board.


“Leadership: What are the characteristics of effective leadership for the 21st Century?”


2014 WOL Foundation Essay CompetitionThe Web of Life Foundation


The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry.

Shortlisted entries may be published as a book of collected essays.


30 September, 2014.


  • We encourage participants to focus on the nature of leadership itself rather than on the specifics of issues that leaders should be addressing.
  • Any and all views on the specified theme are welcome and encouraged. We would like to see entries that address all perspectives creatively. Just avoid giving us tired ideas that have been hashed out many times before.
  • Our judging process will reward two main attributes in the submissions received: fresh thinking and a clear, compelling writing style.
  • We are looking for entries that everyone will want to read.
  • All essays submitted to the competition must focus on political, social or environmental issues and address the current year’s theme. Essays that are off subject and off theme will be rejected.
  • Entries should be written in prose in the English language. You can submit essays or short stories, factual commentary or fiction – whichever way and whichever writing style you choose to communicate your ideas. Just make it compelling.
  • Everyone is welcome. Any one individual may submit up to three entries.
  • Essays should be aimed at a general readership and should be non-technical. No footnotes or citations are allowed
  • Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words.
  • Essays may have been published before provided you have the necessary permissions to re-publish.
  • Do not use the theme title as the title of your essay. Be creative.
  • But English is not my first language! Don’t worry. We are mainly after clearly presented ideas not language perfection. If your essay reaches the finalists, we will help with editing the language.
  • Entry to the competition is free of charge.
  • Copyright for all submissions remain with the authors. In submitting their work, authors grant the Web of Life Foundation an irrevocable license to print, publish, distribute and publicize the submitted work.
  • Your entry must be submitted as a digital file saved in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. DO NOT send the essay text in the body of an email.
  • Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced, no longer than 2,000 words and contain no abstract, list of references or footnotes.
  • Save your files only with the the essay title as the file name. DO NOT start or include “WOLF essay competition” or any other such generic statement in the file name. We cannot easily sort out hundreds of files all called WOLF Essay Competition!
  • The Microsoft Word document with your essay should also include in the same document the name, street/postal address and email addresses of the author/s.
  • Submit your entry by email to


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  1. please how do i start writing an essay of this magnitude,i mean TEMPLATE( on how to begin and end the essay,search and source for information to write these types of essays, i have read your blog post on essay tips,they are helpful but i need more like the introduction,the body of the essay,etc,i think is not like the normal essay writing we already know from secondary school.
    please i need your help am also your newest student,i think you have initiated me i can't wait.

  2. cant seem to find the deadline. When is it?

  3. Gargantuan and full of protocols

  4. guday sir, pls how do i get pass essay entries from ur website?and for the africaliberty essay competition, what do they mean by background papers? i also tried 2 google 2 get pass winners of their essay but only the names i saw no copy of their essays.what do i do? tanks

  5. I must enter this contest too.

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