1. Structure of the Essay Competition:
  1. Every Kenyan youth is invited to participate including students from Higher Education Institutions such as Universities, Colleges and polytechnics.
  2. The Essay Competition consists of written submissions which are delivered to the WESUSTAIN within the given timeline.
  3. Only one essay per participant may be submitted.
2. Procedures for the Written Submissions
  1. The Written submissions have to be sent, latest by Midnight of 19th August, 2018, in electronic format to the essay submission portal at: www.wesustain.africa
  2. Only original essays will be considered for the competition. Previously published essays are therefore excluded. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification of the essay.
  3. Length of Essay: The essay shall be 700-1000 words.
  4. During your submissions in the portal, ensure to include: Your name, Address, E-mail, and Contact Number
  5. Scoring of the essay:
    • Following criteria may be used in assessing the documents:
      • Content – Originality: 65 %
      • Clarity: 15 %
      • Structure: 10 %
      • Overall impression: 10 %
    • The quality of language will not be a decisive factor, as long as the text retains its clarity and coherence.
3. Prizes:
  1. WESustain will honour Top Ten Essays With KES 10,000 each
  2. The top ten essays will receive their awards during the High Level Sustainability Breakfast Meeting at Radisson Blu, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. We will also feature profiles and articles of the top ten essay writers on the WESustain website
  4. All participants will be awarded a certificate of participation by the WESustain. Names of the winners will be published on Wesustain’s website in the last week of August 2018.
4. Copyrights:

Copyright in all contributions accepted will remain with the authors, and they are free to re-use their own material.

Note: Essays incompatible with the above rules and conditions will not be considered. Participation to the competition implies acceptance of the above terms and conditions. Families and relatives of employees of WESustain are INELIGIBLE to participate in this competition.


1. Read the Essay Contest Rules

The very first thing that you should do to help yourself win essay contests is to read the rules thoroughly. Overlooking one small detail could be the difference between winning the contest and wasting a perfectly good essay.

Pay special attention to the start and closing dates, the entry frequency, and any essay requirements like word or character count, the contest's theme, and any other details the sponsor requires.

2. Brainstorm Your Essay Ideas

Many people want to jump right into writing their essay contest entries, but it's a better idea to brainstorm several different ideas. Oftentimes, your first impulse isn't your best. Consider different ways that you can make the contest theme personal, come at it from a different angle, or stand out from all of the other contest entries.

Write all of your ideas down, and don't judge them yet. The more ideas you can come up with, the better.

3. Start an Attention-Grabbing Essay with a Good Hook

When it's time to start writing your essay, remember that the first sentence is the most important of all. If you can start with a powerful, intriguing, moving, or hilarious first sentence, you'll hook your readers' interest and stick in their memory when it is time to pick winners.

4. Write the First Draft of Your Essay

Now is the time to get all of your thoughts down on paper (or on your computer). Remember that this is intended to be a first draft, so don't worry about perfect grammar or if you are running over your word count.

Instead, focus on whether your essay is hitting the right emotional notes, how your story comes across, whether you are using the right voice, and if you are communicating everything you intend to.

Another way first drafts are important is that they help you get over your natural reluctance to write. You are not trying to be good yet, you are trying to simply tell your story. Polishing that story will come later

5. Revise Your Essay for Flow and Organization

Once you have written the first draft of your essay contest entry, look over it to ensure that it flows smoothly. Is your point well-made and clear? Do your thoughts flow smoothly from one point to another? Do the transitions make sense? Does it sound good when you read it aloud?

This is also the time when you should cut out extraneous words and make sure that you've come in under the word count limit, which will generally improve your writing.

6. Put Your Contest Entry Aside

Now that you have a fairly polished first draft of your essay contest entry, put it aside and don't look at it for a little while. If you have time before the contest ends, put your essay away for at least a week. Let your mind mull over the idea subconsciously for a little while.

Many times, people think of just the thing to add to their essay to make it perfect, right after they have hit the submit button. Letting your entry simmer in your mind for a while gives you the time to come up with these great ideas before it's too late.

7. Revise Your Essay Contest Entry Again

Now is the time to put the final polish on your essay contest entry. Have you said everything you wanted to say? Have you made your point? Does the essay still sound good when you read it out loud? Can you tighten up the prose by making any additional cuts in the word count?

If possible, this is a good time to enlist the help of friends or family members. Read your essay aloud to them and check their reactions. Did they smile at the right parts? Did it make sense to them?

This is also a good time to ask a friend to double-check your spelling and grammar. Even your computer's spell check programs make mistakes sometimes, so it's helpful to have another person read it through.

8. Read the Essay Contest Rules One Last Time

If you've been following these directions, you've already read through the contest rules carefully, but now that you've written your draft and had some time to think things over, it's a good idea to double-check to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

Make a check list of all of the essay requirements and go through it point-by-point with your finished essay in front of you to make sure you've hit them all.

And now, you're done! Submit the essay to your contest, and keep your fingers crossed for the results!