Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you accept group submissions?

A: No.  Submissions should be submitted by one participant.

Q: How is the contest judged?

A: The competition will be judged by our international panel of judges. Judging will be done online via the Google Drive. Each judge will receive a randomly-selected number of submissions for each age group with the entrant’s name removed. When all votes have been submitted, the highest scores will be selected for the top 3. The other 7 will be the semi-finalists. Any discrepancies will be decided by the organizing team.

Q: What criteria will be used to select the winning essays? 

A: Judging will be based on a sliding scale of 1-10 (1 indicating needs improvement to 10 indicating exceptional) based on relevance, development, creativity, impact, and originality.

Q: Who are the Judges?

A: The international panel of judges will be selected and showcased on the official website.  These are 

college-educated professionals with experience in academia and / or the arts.

More Questions? Email us at YouthContest@unescousa.org with “Youth Contest Question” in the subject line.

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