This is bad news for writing enthusiasts around the world. In a message posted via Facebook last Janaury 17, Ms Catherine Doody, Communications Associate for World Bank (WB), announced that the annual World Bank International Essay Competition “has been put on hold for the time being.” She made the post on the same date the annual competition was launched a year ago.
Last week, Ms Doody pointed out that “several discussions with different partners are ongoing” and that “there may be something in the fall of 2012.” This appears to be the best case scenario since she pointed out that there might be no competition at all until 2013. She added: “I will do my best to keep you informed, also about other essay competitions that I am made aware of.”
For those interested, she also informed everyone that they “will also have some youth focused activities around the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in April (live chat forums seeking youth input on different topics).”
Launched in 2004, this annual global competition aims “to provide an opportunity for youth around the world to share their ideas on critical development issues.” Participants must be between 18 to 25 years old. Youth migration was the theme last 2011. The competition got more than 2,000 entries, written in English, French and Spanish. The WB noted that 95% of the participants came from developing countries.
PS: I was a participant last year, and though I did not make it to the top 200, I still got this wonderful certificate from the organizers: