CRIMSON – Global Essay Competition

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Great news! The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition is officially live!

Crimson Education and The Harvard Crimson, or ‘The Crim’ as they call it, have joined forces to deliver the most powerful global essay writing competition around, The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition, or HCGEC 2021. Registration is now open and closes on March 22nd, 2021.

Ambitious high school students from every country, aged 13-18 years old, are encouraged to apply and challenge their writing skills. The competition takes place March – April 2021 and is 100% virtual, removing geographical barriers! Each participant registration is US $15.00.

We have set up an exclusive discount code for GEMS students. Registrants can follow the normal registration process by registering at and entering ‘GEMS50’ at checkout. The registration cost will be US$7.50 (instead of US$15.00).

Participants will compete for:
    •    exclusive internships at The Harvard Crimson with a letter of recommendation
    •    the opportunity to have their work endorsed by The Harvard Crimson and published on the official Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition Website
    •    Crimson Education Credit
    •    cash prizes
    •    Harvard merchandise 

This is ideal for ambitious students who would like to:
    •    hone written communication skills and challenge themselves with university-style guidelines while still in high school.
    •    add a high-impact achievement to their CV/resume and/or university applications.
    •    have their essays evaluated and possibly endorsed, by The Harvard Crimson.
    •    prepare for university-style writing and expand their repertoire.

Each participant selects one prompt from either the creative or argumentative selection to elaborate on. All regional round submissions may be no more than 500 words. The authors of the top 10 essay submissions (five creative and five argumentative) from each of the five global regions will be invited to elaborate on their essay in the global final to a maximum of 1,500 words. Check out the timeline and key dates for submissions. The top six global winners will claim exclusive internships at The Harvard Crimson.