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The Duke of Gloucester Essay Contest

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The Gloucester Collaboration is putting early emphasis on engaging the students of the many Gloucester's to support this global community development initiative. Towards that end we are implementing a wonderful idea suggested by HRH Prince Richard called the Duke's Essay Contest. Along with helping to introduce the concept of the Collaboration to Gloucester youth, the Duke's Essay Contest intends to inspire many great ideas that can be embraced by each of the communities of Gloucester. Below are the details.

His Royal Highness Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester

Duke of Gloucester Essay Contest

Eligible Essayists > the contest is targeting students living in any of the 13 communities of Gloucester, ages 13-18 = Grade 7 to 12 (USA + AU + CA+ SL), Year 8 to 6th Form (UK)


Essay Subject = “My idea how my community of Gloucester can offer benefit to, and gain benefit from, the global Community of Gloucester”

  • The Gloucester Collaboration intends to facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between each community of Gloucester and the global community of Gloucester. Essayists are asked to describe their idea how their Gloucester could connect to the global Gloucester in a mutually beneficial way. Ideas can be grand, such as how the Gloucester Collaboration could help affect world peace, or simple, such as creating a global recipe exchange of food and drink favorites in each of the Gloucesters. In developing their ideas, essayists are encouraged to consider the many social subsets common to each community of Gloucester, including:

    • Environment, Government, Faith, Health, Education, History, Business, Diversity, Social Support, Sports, Arts & Culture, Science


Essay Rules > Essays are requested to have a word count between 500 (minimum) and 1500 (maximum) and essayists are asked to offer details on the following:

  • Describe your idea

  • Describe how your idea benefits your community of Gloucester

  • Describe how the global community of Gloucester benefits from your idea


Essay Contest Timeline > Announce Contest on Gloucester Day (Sept. 3, 2022)

  • Essays due = Friday, March 31, 2023

  • Top 5 in each Gloucester announced = April 15, 2023

  • Each Gloucester winner announced / submitted to the Duke on May 1, 2023

  • Duke of Gloucester Essay Contest Winner announced = sometime in May 2023


Essay Contest Awards

  • Signed framed certificate from the Duke of Gloucester (1 winner and 2 runners-up)

  • Awards from each community of Gloucester to be defined by each community


Miscellaneous Details

  • Each community of Gloucester is charged with developing a process to promote, collect and judge the essays, involving the creation of a judging committee

    • It is suggested that the public library system in each Gloucester act as the epicenter of promotion and collection of the essays

  • Top 5 essays from each Gloucester will be presented on the Gloucester Collaboration website

For more information contact:

Rick Tatnall

Gloucester Collaboration – Manager

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