ESSAY COMPETITION

Please note:
The competition is over - the winners have been found and announced. The prizes were handed out at a festivity at The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 foundations office in Odense on December 18 2004.

See the list of winners here!


Disclaimer!
This is NOT the American essay contest. You have been forwarded to this page by mistake. You will find the American essay contest here!


ESSAY COMPETITION ABOUT
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

April 2, 2005 is the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. In honour of the occasion, the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and the Danish Institute for Upper Secondary Education (DIG) has arranged a Danish and international essay competition for students at the upper secondary level. Category four is aimed at non-Danish students.


Prizes
Students can participate in four categories. Each category will be awarded with a first prize of DKK 10,000 (approx. 1636 $) and a second prize of DKK 5,000 (approx. 818 $).


Categories

1. An essay in Danish containing an analysis and an interpretation of one or more texts
2. A fictitious or journalistic text
3. A multi media presentation
4. An essay in English (international)


What Is the Subject?

The student can choose among the following subjects within each category
1. Hans Christian Andersen as a Traveller
2. Hans Christian Andersen across the Barricades
3. Hans Christian Andersen - for Children or Adults?
4. "The Silly Imagination".

The student can find inspiration for working with the categories by looking under the menu Themes for Teaching which contains material that can be used for studying Andersen criss-cross of themes and content.


In What Form Can the Essay Be Submitted?
Essays in categories 1 and 2 should be submitted in Danish in electronic form (floppy disc or CD-Rom in Word format) together with four paper copies, either printed from a computer or type-written.

Essays in category 3 may make use of various forms of multi media presentations and should be submitted in electronic form in four copies (floppy disc or CD-Rom in a format that can be played in Windows Media Player or a similar programme).

Essays in category 4 should be submitted in English in electronic form (floppy disc or CD-Rom in Word format) together with four paper copies, either printed from a computer or type-written.


How Long Can the Essay Be?
Text essays should be no longer than ten pages of 2,400 characters per page including spaces.
Entries in category 3 must have a playing time of not more than 10 minutes.


Who Can Join?
The student must be at least fifteen years old but not older than twentyone and be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade. The school that the student attends must submit a statement confirming that the requirements are complied with. The statement should contain information about the student's name, address, birthday, school and class.


How to Hand the Entry in?

Entries must be submitted not later than October 18, 2004 (week 43) to:

Danish Institute for Upper Secondary Education (DIG)
Syddansk Universitet
Campusvej 55
DK - 5230 Odense M

Anyone submitting an essay gives the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and DIG the right to publish the essay in print without having to pay copyright expenses. The winners will be announced in the press and here on hca2005.com in week 49 at the latest.

More information about the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and DIG's activities in connection with the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen can be found at The Project.