Are you into creative writing? Here’s your chance to write and win some fabulous prizes! Cultural Heritage Essay Writing Competition 2019 is sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General Lahore’s Public Affairs Section (PAS).

Entries for Essay Writing Competition 2019 may be submitted between March 21st and end at 11:59 p.m. on March 30th. Judging begins on April 1 and ends on April 10. Winners will be announced the week of April 15-19, and prizes awarded following the announcement, once winners are confirmed.

Note: The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law. In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply.


Essay Contest Objectives:

  • To encourage awareness of the importance of cultural heritage and cultural preservation in Pakistan and the U.S.
  • Encourage the development of English writing skills.

Essay Writing Competiton 2019 Details:

Host Country:

  • Pakistan

Contest By:

  • US Consulate General Lahore

Essay Topics:

Write an essay of 500 words or less on one of the following topics:

  • Folklore and folk art in the U.S. and Pakistan
  • Language and culture in the U.S. and Pakistan
  • Cultural diversity in the U.S. and Pakistan 
  • Preserving cultural heritage in the U.S. and Pakistan

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  1. Top three winners: an iPad mini
  2. Seven runners Up: Gift Bag with stationery and writing supplies
  3. Top 50 participants: A copy of Khabr o Nazar, the U.S. Mission’s bilingual magazine
  4. The top ten may also have their stories highlighted on U.S. government social media pages. These stories may also include a photo and the names of winners, or alias or other images, as preferred by the contestant to preserve privacy.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Contestants must be between 15-20 years old on the date of entry into the contest. Parental or legal guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18.
  • Contestants must be residents of Punjab, Pakistan and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize.
  • Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity or through representation by an individual. In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the Contest Sponsors, or the U.S. Government; or any employees, interns, directors, officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of the contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
  • Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestants wish to remain anonymous) and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestants.

For more info about Essay Writing Competition 2019, must read the Official Written Content Contest Rules by US Consulate General Lahore

How to Enter?

Select a topic from the given options, write an essay of no more than 500 words in English, and submit it by 11:59 p.m. on the stated deadline to Only one entry per person will be accepted. Don’t forget to send your contact details with your essay
Participation in the contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules. Once an entry is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited or replaced.

Selection of a Winner:

  • All submissions are subject to pre-screening by Contest Sponsors to ensure compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Any submissions out of compliance will not be posted. Contest Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential finalist or potential winning submission has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding the prize, recognizing as the winner, etc.
  • Judges: Representatives of the U.S. Consulate General Lahore, Representatives from the University of Education, Representatives from the English Access Program.
  • Judging Criteria: Content will be judged based on originality, how well it addresses the topic, basic grammatical structure, and overall creativity. Compositions which go over the 500-word limit, are not in English, do not address the topic, are submitted by those outside the age range, are plagiarized, or are otherwise found not to be the original work of the one submitting the article will not be considered. A team of three judges will review each composition and select a percentage to pass the first round. Finalists will be reviewed by a final committee, and the top ten selected, and the top three awarded grand prizes. The rest of the top ten after the grand prize winners will receive runner-up recognition and a smaller award. The top 50 contestants will receive a copy of Khabr o Nazar, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s bilingual magazine.
  • Winners: Each winner and/or finalist will be required to sign and return to Contest Sponsors a statement of eligibility and liability/publicity release and provide a short bio (where applicable) and a brief statement about the submission; otherwise the winner and/or finalist will be ineligible for any prize. The inability of Contest Sponsors to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.
  • Winners and finalists will be notified via the e-mail address they provided upon entry. Winners and finalists may be announced on the Embassy website and/or social media pages. Winners and finalists may choose to use an alias instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.

Entries Deadline: 

  • Entries may be submitted between March 21st and end at 11:59 p.m. on March 30th.

Deadline is March 30, 2019