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2019 Young Author's Competition Application (pdf)


Every year, Sister Cities hosts an international competition in creative writing on topics of peace.

Students between 13 and 17 may submit an essay or poem to Lexington Sister Cities for local judging. The prompt varies from year to year: the topic for 2019 is "Global Citizens: Resilient Communities". Students are encouraged to draw on their own life experiences regarding peace and diplomacy and convey those through art, a language that crosses barriers. The essays submitted to Lexington Sister Cities are read and scored, with the top picks, up to 5 per classroom, sent on to the Sister Cities international competition. Sister Cities international chooses a winner for two categories, Essays & Poetry, each of which wins a $1000 dollar prize. 

2018 Finalists from Lexington

Skye Gabbard, Dunbar

"Great Experience" was a top 5 finalist in essays.  

John Guilfoil, Henry Clay HS

"Citizen diplomacy vs. State diplomacy" was in the top 5 best essays. 

Emily Wang, Tates Creek Middle

"The Rainbow of our World" finished top 5 in poetry.