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EU Today Essay Contest

February 15, 2019

As part of the Center for European Studies’ fourth annual Europe Week celebration on April 7th-12th, we are hosting an EU Today Essay Contest. Middle and high school and college students, teachers, faculty members, business and non-profit professionals and all other community members are invited to share their thoughts on the importance of the European Union and transatlantic relations.

Essays should be 1,000 words maximum and formatted with 12 pt font and double spaced. Writers should answer the following prompt:

There are many myths and misconceptions about the EU – why it was created, how it operates, and what its mission and goals are. Please write an essay describing a myth about the EU and compare it with what you see as the reality about the EU. Myths can be misconceptions or misunderstandings about issues including what the EU is, how the EU works, what it does for its citizens, whom its programs impact, and what member states contribute to and receive from the EU. Writers are welcome to write broadly about the EU as a whole, or focus on a particular issue or institution they feel exemplifies this notion of myths about the EU.

Submit Your Essay!

One winner and two runner-ups will receive gift certificates from Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and winning participants will be recognized at and invited to read from their essays at the CES reception during Europe Week on Friday, April 12. In addition, CES will feature winning essays on our website and Medium blog. Essays will be judged based on originality, clarity, quality, and ability to convey the authors’ thoughts and perspectives on the EU. Submission are due by February 15, 2019.
EU flag with text that says This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of its author and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.This event was part of Europe Week 2019, supported by a Getting to Know Europe grant from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.


February 15, 2019
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