The ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project has launched a contest for young people between the ages of 18 and 26 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Six winners – one from each country – will get the opportunity to travel to Poland for the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Youth Forum (all expenses paid), while the runners-up will win electronic tablets.
To take part in the contest, entitled #EUaroundU – Tell your story, young people must write a personal story no longer than 600 words in English. Participants are invited to highlight the impact that the EU has had on their personal life or community. Topics can cover anything related to the EU, whether EU projects or programmes, educational exchanges, etc.
Get your pens ready!
Who can participate?
The contest is open to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, aged 18 to 26 years old.
How to enter the contest?
Participants should write a personal story no longer than 600 words in English. They are invited to highlight the impact that the EU has had on their personal life or community. Topics can cover anything related to the EU, whether it be EU projects or programmes, educational exchanges, travel, etc.
Stories that are accompanied by a relevant and high quality photo or illustration will get extra points!
Participants must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘#EUaroundU – Tell your story’ in the subject line, including:
- Their full name, age, address, phone number and current occupation
- A copy of their valid passport or ID card
- Their story in PDF format, accompanied by a photo or illustration if possible
The deadline for submissions is Friday 31st March 2017.
What are the prizes?
For each Eastern Neighbourhood country (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), one winner will be selected to take part in the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in Warsaw, Poland on 22-23 June 2017. All costs (visa, travel, accommodation) will be covered. In addition, two runners-up per country will win electronic tablet.
How will the stories be evaluated?
Stories will be evaluated on both format and content.
- In terms of format, the structure of the stories as well as their language (English grammar and spelling) will be taken into account. The inclusion of a relevant and high resolution photo or illustration will also be considered. The format will count for 25% of the evaluation.
- In terms of content, stories will be evaluated based on their creativity, originality and coherence. Specific attention will be given to the details provided. The content will count for 75% of the evaluation.
Please read the full regulation before entering the contest.
The #strongertogether series of youth contests are conducted in the framework of the ‘OPEN Neighbourhood – Communicating for a stronger partnership: connecting with citizens across the Eastern Neighbourhood’ (‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project) financed by the European Commission and implemented by an Ecorys-led consortium.