2018 Essay Prize

Holodomor Essay Prize 2018

2018-05-01-2-holodomor-logo.jpgThe Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) is offering a prize, worth up to £1000, for the best historical essay on the topic of the Holodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine. 

2018 marks the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor – the Ukrainian famine in which an estimated seven million Ukrainians died over a period of 18 months.

The Essay Prize Competition is open to Sixth Form students (Years 12/13) attending any school or college in the UK. Candidates are invited to submit an essay, of between 1500 and 2000 words.

  • 1st prize: £1000 to be split equally between the candidate and his/her school or college
  • 2nd prize: £400 to be split equally between the candidate and his/her school or college
  • 3rd prize: £200 to be split equally between the candidate and his/her school or college

The choice of approach is left to candidates, but they may wish to consider any of the following:

  • a historiographic approach using an analysis of any primary documents and what they reveal about the context of the Holodomor at the time
  • a discussion of the impact and repercussions of the different presentation of events surrounding the Holodomor by western journalists at the time
  • an analysis of eye witness accounts and how these have contributed to our understanding of the Holodomor
  • any other approach which discusses the key elements and impacts of the Holodomor

The judging panel will include: 

  • Dr. Olenka Pevny, Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies, Cambridge University
  • Larysa Kurylas, Architect and Designer of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington DC
  • Dr. Ludmila Pekarska, Curator, Shevchenko Library & Archive, London

Deadline for submission: 5pm on Friday 20th July 2018, by email to essay.prize@augb.co.uk. Winners will be announced by mid-September 2018.

Essays should be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document, and include the Essay Cover Sheet available on this page, which includes the candidate’s name, address, email, telephone number, and the name of the candidate’s teacher, school name, address, email and telephone.  

A printable A4 Poster/Leaflet providing concise information about the prize is available here as a pdf.  To open the Poster/Leaflet pdf and the Essay Cover Sheet pdf, please right click on the icon as necessary and open the image in a new tab.  

Direct enquiries should be made to:  essay.prize@augb.co.uk

 

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The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain is not able to acknowledge receipt of entries, but the winning entrants will be contacted by email/post by mid-September at the latest. An announcement will also be posted on the website with the names of the winners after this date.  Winning essays will be published on the AUGB website, with the winners’ permission.

Essays must be written in English and emailed as pdf or Microsoft Word documents, using the Essay Cover Sheet/information provided on the website. Please make sure your postal address and other contact details are entered correctly. Your personal details/data will be collected by the AUGB only for the purposes of this competition and will be processed in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation.

Candidates must conform to the guidelines given in terms of length, making sure that all citations and quotes are acknowledged using any recognised system. Bibliographies are not included in the word count. Ensure pages are numbered.

The judges are particularly looking for originality, a clear structure, and use of different research and source materials such as books, websites and other sources. Entries composed using essay writing services or similar are fraudulent and will not be accepted. Candidates are required to sign a Declaration of Originality (via the provided Essay Cover Sheet) stating that the essay is their own work and give permission for the judging panel to use licensed electronic software to examine their  work for plagiarism should they wish to do so. The essay must not have been previously professionally or commercially published in any language and must not be in breach of any third party rights. Candidates must agree to the Terms of the Essay Prize by ticking and dating the Declaration on the Essay Cover Sheet.

There is no limit to entries per school or college, although only one entry per entrant is accepted. There is no fee to enter.

The deadline for submission of essays is 17:00 GMT on 20th July 2018. Essays which are not submitted by this time will not be considered.

 

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