This year, 2021, the UPU is proud to be running its 50th international letter-writing competition. All of our participating member countries have consistently encouraged youth to develop their literacy skills and to focus on a particular subject. The competition is an excellent means of promoting literacy among youth and contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The COVID pandemic has had a major impact on the way we work and live. And it hasn’t stopped yet! We continue to be profoundly affected by the virus. How have young people in particular felt about these momentous changes? This year’s theme sets out to explore their experiences as we ask them to “write a letter to a family member about your experience with COVID.19.”
All member countries are invited to participate by organizing a competition at the national level before sending their top composition to the UPU. Each country’s winning letter must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 5 May 2021.
DETAILS OF 2021 INTERNATIONAL LETTER WRITING COMPETION FOR YOUNG
1. Subject : “Write a letter to a family member about your experience with COVID-19”.
2. Participants eligibility : Children up to 15 years of age as on 31.03.2021.
3. Content and form : Composition must be presented in the form of letter.
4. Date/Time of Competition : Competition at Venue – Will be decided by the Concerned Circles.
Competition from Home – All the entries should reach the designated Nodal Officer by 5th April, 2021
5. Language : English or any language listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India.
Prizes (at Circle level)
a. First Prize: Rs.25,000/- and a certificate
b. Second Prize: Rs.10,000/- and a certificate
c. Third Prize: Rs. 5,000/- and a certificate
Prizes (at National level):
a. First Prize: Rs. 50,000/- and a Certificate.
b. Second Prize: Rs. 25,000/- and a Certificate.
c. Third Prize: Rs. 10,000/- and a Certificate.
The best entry at the national level shall qualify as the official Indian entry for the International level Competition The Universal Postal Union shall select the award-winning entries. The winners will receive a special medal (gold for first prize, silver for second, and bronze for third) and a certificate, as well as other prizes to commemorate their win (such other prizes to be decided by the UPU). The gold medalist may also be offered a trip to the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, or an alternative prize to be decided at the sole discretion of the UPU. Writers awarded a special mention will also receive a certificate as well as other prizes (such other prizes to be decided by the UPU).