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The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition


The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition (HCGEC) brings together from around the world ambitious high school students (aged 13 - 18) with a passion for, or interest in, writing. The two Principal Partners of HCGEC are The Harvard Crimson and Crimson Education.

HCGEC 2022 will run from January through February. The competition features two key rounds, the regional qualifiers held throughout 5 regions, followed by the global finals.

1. Australia & New Zealand

2. Central and South America

3. East, South and Southeast Asia

4. Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia

5. North America

Top 10 essays from each region (5 argumentative and 5 creative) will be invited to represent their region and qualify for the global finals! The top 8 submissions (4 argumentative and 4 creative) will be recognized in the global final and will win awesome prizes.

Global Prizes (Top 8)

1st Place: US$ 1,000

2nd Place: US$ 750

3rd Place: US$ 500

All winners will receive the same amount Crimson Mentorship Credits, Harvard merch, exclusive Harvard Crimson internship with letter of recommendation and global champion certificates. The winners' essays will be published on the official Harvard Crimson Essay Competition website.

English Language Learner Award

US$ 100 + Harvard merch

Regional Qualifier Prizes (Top 10 in each Region)

US$25 Amazon Gift Card + Regional Finalist Certificate

Each participant selects a prompt at the beginning of the competition and will submit a 500 word (max) essay. Each essay will be marked in accordance with the marking rubric and against other competitors in each region and round.

Click HERE to learn the submission example.

Click HERE to read the past winner’s essays (Argumentative).

Click HERE to read the past winners’ essays (Creative).


Students must be between the ages of 13-18 and currently enrolled in a secondary or high school at the time of the global competition in January 2022 -OR- have not started university studies yet and is under the age of 18.

The registration fee is US$15 per student and must be paid upon registration.


Please note the dates and time below are all in Auckland Time Zone.

Nov 15 - Early bird registrations open

Dec 15 - Early bird registrations close

Dec 16 - Regular registrations open

Jan 8 - Start of webinars

Jan 19 - Registrations close

Jan 22 - Start of participant-exclusive workshops

Jan 30 - Regional essay submission deadline

Feb 11 - Regional winners announced

Feb 18 - Global essay submission deadline

Feb 23 - Global winners announced


The competition is hosted completely online, breaking down geographical barriers and providing students from all over the world access to explore and develop their writing interests.


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The Harvard Crimson & Crimson Education


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