The prizes are open to all students in year 12 or equivalent (i.e. in their penultimate year of school and usually aged 16 or 17), regardless of nationality or school country. Essays must be written in English. Please note that essays must be uploaded as pdf documents through our online submission system, which will open later this term. All entries must be verified by a teacher and must conform to the guidelines given in terms of length and content, making sure that all citations and quotes are acknowledged using any recognised system. There is a strict limit of two entries per prize per school or college, unless your school requests extra entries before the closing date of the compeition. Extra entries are granted at the discretion of the prize co-ordinators and must be arranged in advance by your teacher.
The online submission system includes the facility for teachers to run an internal school competition before deciding which essays to approve - for more details please contact the admissions team.
The deadline for you to submit your essay is 16:00 GMT on 18th March 2016. This is an extended deadline and so is different to the deadline given in the printed documents. Essays which are not submitted by this time will not be considered under any circumstances. Your teacher will then receive emails from Peterhouse asking them to confirm that you are eligible and that the work complies with our guidelines, as listed in this document and on our website. They must do this by 16:00 GMT on 23rd March 2016 – please inform them of this. Essays which have not been approved by a teacher will not be considered. For this reason, submission by post, fax or email will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances, and only by prior arrangement.
All three competitions have a top prize of £500 and a second prize of £250; several further essays will be highly commended. Winners will be contacted by post - please make sure your postal address and other contact details are entered correctly!
Additional information, such as the word limit, is included in the list of questions for each prize. Bibliographies and footnotes are not included in the word count.