European Essay Competition

Essays by five European writers

From 2016 to 2018, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) is visiting all the member states of the European Union. As part of this special initiative, the RCO has asked five European writers about the meaning of music in their lives, each of whom has now written an essay based on the theme of RCO meets Europe. The writers are An De Bisschop, Amparo Serrano de Haro, Dave Sinardet, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges and Lasha Bugadze.

Inviting young writers in Europe aged 18 to 30

The essays are meant to be a source of inspiration for young, talented European writers. The RCO is now inviting young people in Europe aged 18 to 30 to submit their own essays while the RCO meets Europe initiative is under way. Essays should be at least 300, and no more than 500, words long, focusing on the role that music (classical or another genre) plays in the essayist’s own life. Those having penned the best essays will be invited to spend an all-inclusive cultural weekend for two in Amsterdam. The best essays will also be published following RCO meets Europe.

Submissions

Submissions and any questions should be directed to essaycontest@rcoamsterdam.com.

Read the nominated entries

Rules and conditions

With submission of your essay you agree with the rules and conditions.

read the rules and conditions

 
Deadline per country
  • Germany - 6 December 2017
  • Romania - 24 December 2017
  • Hungary - 14 January 2018
  • Spain - 20 May 2018
  • Portugal - 21 May 2018
  • Czech Republic- 15 Augst 2018
  • France - 17 August 2018

Deadlines are closed for residents from Ireland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Austria, Slovakia and United Kingdom.

Deadline: 8 September 2017

Are you between the ages of 16-25? Want to make your voice heard?

This is your chance!

The Youth Essay competition, organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, is launching again and is looking for creative and well thought out answers to this question: What skills do tomorrow’s entrepreneurs need? 

 

Do you have an opinion on how European policy can help shape the future; or on what government, academic institutions and businesses can do to ensure that young people can acquire the skills they need for tomorrow’s world of work? Would you like to share it with policymakers and entrepreneurs on a European stage? All you need to do to have a chance of winning an all expenses paid trip to the 2017 SME Assembly in Tallinn, is submit an essay of no more than 2 500 words in English before 8 September 2017.

 

Need some inspiration? Have a look at Andri Pandoura’s winning entry from 2016 and the entries from finalists Katie Williams, Francesco Foglia and Frici Barabas.

 

To get started, read through the rules below, get writing and submit.

If you have any questions please contact smeweek@loweurope.eu.

Rules

  • The competition is open to all 16 to 25 years old from European Member States or COSME partners countries (see the list)
  • Essays should not exceed 2 500 words in length
  • All essays must be in English
  • Only one entry per applicant
  • The deadline for submissions is 8 September 2017
  • The three finalists will be announced in October ahead of SME Week and will compete at a grand finale in Tallinn where they will present their essays
  • The final winner will be chosen via a public vote

Prize

  • An all expenses paid trip to the SME Assembly in Tallinn, Estonia for the three finalists, to present their essays to 500+ Assembly delegates
  • Presentation training before delivering essay live on stage at the SME Assembly 2017
  • Promotion of essays across SME Week social media channels

 

For more information, visit the official website.

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