Essay Competition

The ISA Essay Competition is an annual opportunity for pupils at ISA Members’ schools to showcase their writing skills. Wordsmiths are invited to submit entries to a range of categories aimed at age groups from Year 5 to sixth form.

Essay Competition 2022

Opening date for entries: Monday 17 January 2022
Deadline to enter: Thursday 17 March 2022

ISA Essay Competition 2022- Rules and guidelines

Entry Form - Essay Competition
Essay Competition 2021 – Results

We are delighted to announce the results for the ISA Essay Competition 2021. 

A word from one of our judges: “Our teachers, pupils and their families, deserve the highest praise for such a collaborative enterprise. I hope that individual schools also celebrate their pupils’ achievements and praise their communities for working together so brilliantly. It is another testament to our school community that during such challenging times, we have all supported each other to produce such excellence. It has been an honour to experience the fine writing produced by all our young people!” 

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition this year and congratulations to our winners. Please see below the full list of results and the winning pieces:

Click here to view the list of results

Click on the links below to read the winning pieces:

Horsey category – winning essays
Max Gate category – winning essays
Favonius category – winning essays
Sixth Form category – winning essays


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Only schools whose Head is a member of the ISA are eligible to enter these competitions. Please contact our membership department if you wish to make an enquiry about joining the ISA.