Essay Contest

It’s that time of year! The German Embassy Annual Essay Contest has begun and students from grades 3-12 are invited to enter. They must pick one of the topics below for their essay. Students and their teachers could win one of the e-certificates for amazon.com or a prize package from Germany.info. We’re ready to read, so start writing today!

German Inventions

From the first bicycle to the coffee filter to the mp3: throughout history there are numerous examples of German inventions used in today’s everyday life. Many are not known to have come from Germany. Pick a German invention that you see in your daily life and tell us why it is important. Is it only useful for you or for others, too? Did you know it was German? Who invented it and why? Is that all the inventor is known for?

70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Berlin Airlift. This unprecedented humanitarian action to supply the needs of over 2 million West Berliners through air transport is often called the first battle of the Cold War. It is also often used to underscore the long history of the German-American partnership. Why did all the countries involved in the Berlin Airlift think it was so important to keep West Berlin supplied? Does this historical event still play an important role in the transatlantic partnership? Why or why not?

Essays must be in English.

300 words or fewer for Grades 3-5; 500 words for Grades 6-12. (Note: More does not mean better! Focus on quality, not quantity.)

Students may submit only one essay per person.

Deadline for entry is April 30, 2018

Email your essay to Jennifer Clardy Chalmers (dz-12[at]wash.diplo.de). Entry must include the author’s name, grade level, school name and school address at the beginning.

PRIZES

Amazon.com gift e-certificates will be awarded to the national 1st place winners in each age group.

1st place – grades 3 – 5: $100 bookstore gift certificate

1st place – grades 6 – 8: $150 bookstore gift certificate

1st place – grades 9 – 12: $200 bookstore gift certificate

For Teachers or Advisors of 1st place winners:

$200 bookstore gift certificate for classroom resources

In addition, 10 runners-up will receive a package from the German Information Center USA.

PRIZES FOR CLASSROOM CONTESTS: Teacher who wish to hold the contest within your classroom and award a prize, additional Amazon.com e-certificates in the amount of $25 will be issued for the 1st place students. You must send the German Embassy the winning essay and the number of students who participated. Should you wish to enter all student entries into the national contest, you may send all student entries in addition to the winning entry to the German Embassy.

The complete rules and guidelines, including how to submit entries, can be found through the link on the right. The inbox is ready for your submission!

Good luck!

LINK TO COMPLETE RULES & INFORMATION (below)

ABOUT THE CONTEST

The German Information Center USA fulfills the public diplomacy mission of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. To encourage American students to get to know modern Germany, the German Embassy provides classroom materials to educators in the United States.

The purpose of the essay contest is to familiarize students with today’s Germany. In addition, the contest offers students and their teachers an opportunity to discuss traditional and modern German culture, language and society.

Detailed contest information such as rules, deadlines and the essay questions can be found below.

All entries must be submitted electronically by April 30, 2018.

There will be three grade groupings for the contest: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Winners will receive prizes and certificates; their essays will appear on this website (www.Germany.info), as well as the German Embassy’s newsletters.

GUIDELINES

Students must write about one of the following Topics:

German Inventions

From the first bicycle to the coffee filter to the mp3: throughout history there are numerous examples of German inventions used in today’s every day life. Many are not known to have come from Germany. Pick a German invention that you see in your daily life and tell us why it is important. Is it only useful for you or for others, too? Did you know it was German? Who invented it and why? Is that all the inventor is known for?

70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Berlin Airlift. This unprecedented humanitarian action to supply the needs of over 2 million West Berliners through air transport is often called the first battle of the Cold War. It is also often used to underscore the long history of the German-American partnership. Why did all the countries involved in the Berlin Airlift think it was so important to keep West Berlin supplied? Does this historical event still play an important role in the transatlantic partnership? Why or why not?

Essays must be in English.

300 words or fewer for Grades 3-5; 500 words for Grades 6-12. (Note: More does not mean better! Focus on quality, not quantity.)

Students may submit only one essay per person.

Submit entries as .doc (Microsoft Word), .pdf (Adobe Acrobat), .odt (OpenOffice), scanned-in graphic files (jpg, etc.) or .txt (Simple Text) files only.

Email your essay to Jennifer Clardy Chalmers (dz-12[at]wash.diplo.de). Entry must include the author’s name, grade level, school name and school address at the beginning of the essay.

Please note: due to the high number of entries, it is not possible to send out an email confirmation for every entry. Should you wish to inquire about whether or not your entry was received, send a separate email to the entry address.

RULES

All students enrolled in 3rd through 12th grade in the U.S.A. are eligible. Seniors graduating in 2018 are eligible. Students enrolled in DoDDS schools or schools in American overseas territories with APO mailing addresses are eligible. Homeschooled students are also eligible.

Each essay must be the sole work of the author.

Entries may be submitted by individual writers or by their teachers.

Entries must include the name of the student & teacher/advisor, the grade level of student, the email address of student & teacher, and a postal address for the student & teacher. This information enables the German Embassy to quickly award prizes and prize packages. No personal or contact information will be handed over to a third party.

Only electronically submitted essays will be accepted.

Entries must be 300 words or fewer for elementary students; 500 words or less for middle and high school students.

Submitted entries will become the property of the German Embassy Washington; they may appear online or in print in associated publications.

The decision of the panel of judges from German Embassy Washington is final.

Students are encouraged to review spelling, grammar and punctuation.

DEADLINE for entries is April 30, 2018. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2018.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING

Winners will be determined by a panel of judges from the German Embassy Washington. Entries will be judged based on their content, style and grammar.

Successful entries will:

Follow the guidelines.

Show that student has done research on her/his subject.

Include the author’s own opinions.

Demonstrate superb critical and creative thinking.

PRIZES

Amazon.com gift e-certificates will be awarded to the national 1st place winners in each age group.

1st place – grades 3 – 5: $100 bookstore gift certificate

1st place – grades 6 – 8: $150 bookstore gift certificate

1st place – grades 9 – 12: $200 bookstore gift certificate

For Teachers or Advisors of 1st place winners:

$200 bookstore gift certificate for classroom resources

In addition, 10 runners-up will receive a package from the German Embassy Washington.

Should teachers wish to hold the contest within your classroom and award a prize, additional Amazon.com e-certificates in the amount of $25 will be issued for the 1st place students. You must send the GIC USA the winning essay and the number of students who participated. Should you wish to enter all student entries into the national contest, you may send all student entries in addition to the winning entry to the GIC USA.

Good luck!