OECS Essay Competition

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Essay Competition

The OECS Essay Competition is geared towards stimulating discourse on issues that impact the socio-economic landscape of the region. Launched in November each year, the competition is open to students of the ECCB member territories between the ages of fourteen to nineteen years. The deadline for essay submissions is March of the following year.

Please click here for the Essay Competition Guidelines (PDF)


1st Prize

EC$2,500 Grant - Student

EC$1,500 Grant - School

2nd Prize

EC$1,500 Grant - Student

EC$1,000 Grant - School

3rd Prize

EC$1,000 Grant - Student

EC$500 Grant - School

The school with the most entries in the top 10 receives EC$500

Terms of the Competition

  • The competition is open to students of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) aged 14 - 19.
  • Essays must be between 750 and 1,000 words, and must be typed, double spaced on letter size paper, with a separate cover sheet giving details of the name, age, and school attended by the participant. Click here for cover sheet
  • Essays must be written on one of the topics listed above
  • Essays will be judged in two categories: participants aged 14 - 16 and 17 - 19. The essays will be assessed for content and soundness of points (20), logical development (20), clarity (20), knowledge of the subject (25), command of language (10), presentation (5).
  • Where the student has left school, the grant will be awarded to the high school of his/her choice.
  • Children or dependents of ECCB staff are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • Prize winners may be asked to submit their birth certificates.
  • Essays must be submitted to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, P O Box 89, Basseterre, St Kitts, or to an ECCB’s Agency Office located in each territory.
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