Essay Terms & Conditions

The Youth Leadership Contest is open to students of all nationalities.

Individuals are permitted to submit one entry only. Entries should be no more than 250 +/- 10% words in length, and must be written in English or French. Entries should be submitted in accordance with the Essay Specifications.  

How to Enter

All entries must be received by 23:59 UK Time 15th January 2021. Only entries that are duly received by YEL by the closing date will be eligible for the competition. We cannot accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged and proof of sending an online entry is not proof that we have received it. Entries must be submitted via the Entry Form. Entries received by email will not be considered.
Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. YEL accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions and entrants agree to indemnify YEL against any claim by any third party from any breach of these terms and conditions. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; YEL reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be published by YEL for audiences of all ages. Each entrant retains the copyright in his or her entry but grants to YEL a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged, together with his or her name, age and country of residence. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by YEL, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this Competition. By submitting an entry, you agree that YEL may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed in these terms and conditions (even if you don’t win we may, for example, publish your essay or excerpts from it as a runner-up in the  Competition). You grant permission to YEL, and to those acting under YEL’s authority, to use your name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for promotional purposes without additional compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the Internet and World Wide Web, without notice, review or approval.  


All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges .The decisions of the judges are final. Essays will not be returned, so participants are advised to keep a copy for their own reference if they wish to have a record. YEL reserves the right to modify the number of prizes and/or essays selected based on the quality of the submissions. Due to the number of submissions our competition receives, we are unable to provide feedback on individual essays.

Termination of essay competition

YEL reserves the right to vary the terms of, or terminate, the essay competition at any time at its absolute discretion without liability to any contestant or other person.