The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcingthe National Essay Writing Competition 2015 “My Magna Carta”.


Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution. There remain four copies of the original Magna Carta; one of which is located in Lincoln cathedral, one is in Salisbury Cathedral, and two are in the British Library in London. Magna Carta has provided a source of inspiration and debate for centuries now, and is still highly symbolic of the rights of the individuals and the limits on the power of those who rule.


The competition is open to Ukrainian school and university students (aged 16-18) in full-time education at the time of the competition.

Each competitor should create their own Magna Carta fit for the 21st Century, in other words,

to write a document that has the potential to provide the rights that we need for the next 800 years.

It can relate to your specific region, a particular group of people or the entire world.


To apply for “Magna Carta” competition the student must fill in a registration form (take the form on the Website:

The essay and a filled in form must be sent by email to the address:

The Deadline for submitting “My Magna Carta” essay is 15 April 2015. The results of the National Essay Writing Competition “My Magna Carta” will be announced up to the 1st of May 2015 on the website

The essay winnersof the National Essay Writing Competitionwill be sent to London to take part in the International Magna Carta Competition. The winners of the International Competition will be invited to London and will be required to present their Magna Carta orally, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.


Essay requirements:

1. The essay  must be written in English.

2. The length of an essay should be minimum 500 and maximum 750 words.

3.The essay must be typed with double spacing, 14 point Times New Roman.

4. Your last name should appear in the upper right corner of each page of your essay.

5. The essay must be inventive, original and clearly and concisely written.  We want to hear your individual voice in your writing, representing your own research and ideas.

6.If a quotation is used, be sure to identify the source of information.

7. Plagiarism will result in disqualification from this, and any future English-Speaking Union Competitions.


Please, feel free to contact us in case of any questions.

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:

Website:  Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400

The ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1, Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, 25006, Ukraine.



“My Magna Carta” should be a persuasive document tackling the important issues of the

modern era.  Some topics you may want to consider are as follows:


Poverty and Inequality: The original Magna Carta had passages referring to natural resources, such as water and fuel. Should governments be forced to provide for all their citizens and, if so, should the bare minimum of clean water and shelter be made available, or should citizens receive full healthcare, food, tools, education, and internet access? Or perhaps reducing poverty should be left to charities?


The Power of Governments: Should national governments be forced to co-operate with each other? Does your national parliament require more restrictions; should they be forced to listen more to their electors? Should public opinion and parliamentary operations be more tightly linked?


Digital Access: In the digital era, should we all have access to engage in unrestricted online conversation? Should we be allowed to remain anonymous on the web when we want to?  Or do we need a set of digital barriers to  ensure tolerance and respect? Does everyone need access to the internet?


The environment: Should those wielding power be obliged to consider the impact of

humanity upon the natural world? Should there be entrenched within a formal document the commitment to maintaining and increasing biodiversity? Perhaps there should be a

firm commitment to pursue renewable and sustainable energies?


Corporations: Should citizens be protected from the excesses of big business, or should governments be restricted from interfering in the affairs of profit-making corporations? In a globalised economy, should multinationals be the main actors in the international world?


Artistic Freedoms: Is censorship ever OK? Should artists be unconstrained by moral

standards, or should potentially harmful and offensive material be made unavailable 

for public consumption?


These are just a few ideas, you can address whatever concerns you have today.


Mind please, that the winners  invited to London will have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, as well as receiving training from ESU and Royal Holloway public speaking and debating experts. These will take place over the course of 5 days in October 2015. It is compulsory for finalists to attend the training and final performance days, although they may be excused from the days of cultural activities. Financial assistance will be available.