European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF’s) young writer competition 2017

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Application Deadline: 31st December 2017.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to announce this year’s competition for young writers. We ask you, young people under the age of 27, to write up to 1,000 words on the question: Should we be free to hate?


Youth: young people between 12 and 17

Prize: a one-year subscribtion to a newspaper of your choice in your home country.

Newcomers: young people aged 18 to 27

Prize: an invitation to ECPMF’s next international conference with free travel and accommodation.

The contest is open for entries from 5th October 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will each receive a certificate of commendation and detailed feedback on their work from our professional judges. We shall announce the winners in each category on World Press Freedom Day 3rd May 2018.


1 – The contest is open to anyone who is not connected through family, employment or social links to any member of the ECPMF Boards, Consortium Partners or Leipzig team members.
2 – Each entry must be entirely the young writer’s own original,previously unpublished work. The ECPMF reserves the right to use anti-plagiarism detection techniques to check this.  ’Published’ means revealed to a general audience, for examplea blog post. It does not include written work that has been submitted as part of an educational programme, such as a school essay or university thesis.
3 – The Jury’s decision is final.

Please send your entry to:


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ECPMF’s young writer competition 2017

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