2021 Editorial Writing Contest for students in Pakistan

Eye on Ivy is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Quill and Scroll for the 2021 Editorial Writing Contest. The Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was started on April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.

Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Students honors the best journalism by high school students, and it sponsors contests and other programs for students around the world.

This contest asks Pakistani students in 9th through 13th grade to write a persuasive editorial essay of no more than 2,000 words and in journalistic style, responding to this prompt: 

Eighteen-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden has become a prominent spokesperson for the fight against global climate change. Has her message been effective? What role can Pakistani young people play in reducing the impact of global climate change?

Quill and Scroll Executive Director Jeff Browne, a long-time journalism teacher at universities in the U.S., lead a two-hour virtual Zoom session on June 15, 2021 for the launch of Quill & Scroll 2021. The session focused on journalistic persuasive writing, the tools and techniques that journalists use, journalistic attribution style, and the rubric judges will use to evaluate entries for the Quill & Scroll competition this year.

Complete presentation can be viewed and downloaded at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pechnjbjsKag6TTz3Gj5Q-fPi_30z6sm/view?usp=sharing

Production

Essays are to be no more than 2,000 words, typed double-spaced, in Arial font, with journalistic attribution style. No matter how they are produced (Word document, Google doc, etc.), they are to be saved as PDF documents

Registration and Submission

You can register here: https://form.jotform.com/211221460311435 

Registration begins June 15, after the Zoom session. Deadline for entry is Nov. 5, 2021.

Each entry is PkR 1,500. Students may enter just one essay.

In order to complete your registration please make your respective payments using the following details.
Bank Name: Bank Alfalah
Bank Branch: Khayaban-e-Iqbal DHA Lahore
Account # 03641006798082
Account Title: Eye on Ivy

Please send us a photo of your receipt at quillandscroll@eyeonivy.com. You will then receive a confirmation email about your enrollment in the contest.

Evaluation

The contest will be judged by professional American journalists. Entries will be divided into two classifications — Class A for students in 9th through 11th grades, and Class B for students in 12th and 13th grades. Judges will award first, second, and third places in each class, and they also will award honorable mentions so that we recognize at least 10 percent of all entries. All students who are recognized are eligible to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships.

There are many reasons to participate:

  • To learn about and practice the craft of journalistic writing; 
  • To study the ethical foundations of journalism and how journalists can contribute to a just and fair society; 
  • To embellish your college resume;
  • To earn recognition for your research and writing skills (the top 10 percent of entries will be recognized by the judges);
  • To earn a chance at a Quill and Scroll scholarship to study/practice journalism at an American university or college. Amounts range from $500 USD to $1,500 USD.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact us quillandscroll@eyeonivy.com or call us at +92 318 7272 100.