Thursday, May 14, 2009

APEC Essay Writing Contest

Essay Writing Contest

20th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest

This year APEC celebrates its 20th Anniversary - twenty years of promoting open dialogue, advancing free trade, and improving the business environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
To mark this anniversary, we invite business students - the business leaders of tomorrow - from our 21 member economies to write an original essay on: "What can APEC do for Business?"


First Prize
An all-expenses paid trip for the winner to be part of the 2009 APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Singapore in November. The winner will be given the opportunity to present his/her essay during the 2009 APEC CEO Summit, and the chance to also meet with his/her economy's Leader. The prize includes the cost of flights to Singapore, hotel accommodation in Singapore and a per diem allowance. A US$500 cash prize will also be awarded. In the event that a Singapore-based student wins the competition, a cash equivalent to the value of the flights and hotel accommodation will be provided.
Second Prize
A US$1000 cash prize will be awarded to the first runner-up. If the winner cannot attend the 2009 APEC CEO Summit in Singapore, the first runner-up will take his or her position.
Third Prize
A US$500 cash prize will be awarded to the second runner-up.


  • Entrants must be citizens or permanent residents of APEC member economies
    (Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States; Viet Nam)
  • Entrants must be a currently registered graduate or upper-level (third/fourth year) undergraduate student.
  • Entrants must be enrolled in a Business faculty/department/school at a tertiary education institution, and be advancing towards a business-related degree.


Judging Criteria
  1. Propose new and feasible directions, interpretations and recommendations to enhance the role of APEC in facilitating business. 
  2. Demonstrate originality in analytical approach and treatment of topic. The essay should display a high level of critical and independent thinking. 
  3. Display clarity and effectiveness of style and organization. 
  4. Show evidence of external research and use of bibliography and references. The essay should adhere to format and length rules.


  1. Must be written in English
  2. Must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words (excluding abstract, footnotes and bibliography)
  3. Must include an abstract summarizing the paper in no more than 300 words
  4. Must be typed, double-spaced and conform to the standardized style guide of the Chicago Manual of Style <> with all pages clearly numbered
  5. Must be in Microsoft Word format
  6. Submission only via email to (No hard copies)
  7. Subject header for the submission email must be:
    Submission for APEC 20th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest
  8. Only one submission entry will be accepted from each entrant
  9. The essay must be accompanied by a copy of the entrant's current student identification card
  10. Entry period: 2 March 2009 - 31 July 2009
  11. Contest deadline: 31 July 2009, 11:59PM (GMT +08:00) Singapore Time
  12. Must include a cover sheet indicating:
  • Full Name (as in passport)
  • Gender
  • Citizenship / Permanent Residency
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Current Email address
  • Telephone Number(s)
  • Name of University
  • Name of Faculty/Department/School
  • Level of Study (Bachelor's/Master's/PhD)
  • Year of Study
  • Title of Essay
  • Word count (excluding abstract, footnotes and bibliography)
The decisions of the APEC Secretariat's judging panel are final. The Secretariat reserves the right to disqualify any essay submission that does not conform to the above stipulated guidelines.
The Secretariat upholds academic integrity and takes a strong position against plagiarism (i.e. submitting essays that are not the result of entrants' own thought, research, or self-expression and/or using ideas from other sources without appropriate acknowledgement). Any essays found plagiarized will be immediately disqualified.
Entrants are reminded not to call the Secretariat for information about the status of their essays.

Other Information
  1. The winners will be notified by 30 September 2009
  2. COPYRIGHT: The APEC Secretariat shall own the entire copyright interest in all essays submitted in the competition until the results are publicly announced. Subsequently, the APEC Secretariat shall relinquish such copyright interest to the authors of non-prize-winning entries. The APEC Secretariat shall own the entire copyright interest in the top three winning entries. The APEC Secretariat will normally, at its discretion, grant permission to those requesting republication of all or part of the prize-winning essays upon submission of a written request. The APEC Secretariat will require parties republishing these essays to: (1) acquire the prior written consent of the APEC Secretariat; (2) acknowledge the APEC essay competition; and (3) note that the views expressed in the essay may not represent APEC's views on any matter. The authors of the essays agree to execute such documents as the APEC Secretariat may request to vest in the APEC Secretariat the entire copyright interest in the essays as provided above.
  3. LOST ENTRIES: The Secretariat will not be held responsible for any essays lost or not received.
  4. DISCLAIMER: The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in any and all essays are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect the views of APEC. The APEC Secretariat does not make or give any representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, as to, or assume any responsibility for: (i) the completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this document; (ii) the reasonableness of the assumptions or the information on which it was based; or (iii) the suitability of this information for its intended purpose.
  5. PRIVACY: By submitting an essay, entrants agree that if they should win, the APEC Secretariat may use the personal information on their entry forms for publicity purposes, with the exception of street address, email address and telephone number. The winning authors consent to the use of their personal information by the APEC Secretariat in publicity in all media, such as online, print, television, and radio, and agree to cooperate with the APEC Secretariat in developing the appropriate publicity and promotional materials, in any medium, for such publicity. Data gathered from non-winning authors will only be used in aggregate (i.e., not personally identifiable) form.

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