ASiS International Essay and Poetry Writing Competition

AIWC 2013

The Organiser :
SM Sains Alam Shah  (Alam Shah Science School), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ASiS).

Theme :
The Evils of the Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Wildlife Parts: A Global Perspective

 

Topic for the Essay Writing Section :
The illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts has had very serious repurcussions on many species of wildlife worldwide, paving the way for many of  them to be pushed to  the brink of extinction.  Discuss this statement in the light of what is taking place today to a certain species or a number of different species. Discuss the roles of legislators, law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations and educational establishments to fight this menace. At the same suggest practical solutions that can curb this trade and eventually bring it to an end.

 

Topic for the Poetry Writing Section:
Write a poem reflecting the plight of one or more species of wildlife as a result of the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. See format, rules, and regulations below.

 

Calendar 2013

14 March 2013                                        – Launch of the Essay and Poetry Writing Competition

14 March – 30 June 2013                         – The duration of the competition

30 June 2013                                           – Deadline for submissions.

01 July – 14 September 2013                  –  Processing of all entries

15 September 2013                                  – The 50 shortlisted participants from each category will be announced on the website

15 September – 14 October 2013            –  Judging the final entries from each category.

25 October 2013                                      – The top three award winning entries and the next seven  best entries (consolation) for both the essay and poetry writing categories will be announced on the website.

24 October 2013                                        – Closing and Prize Giving.

 

The trade in wildlife and wildlife parts
Man has always been a greedy being – never satisfied with whatever wealth he has – always wanting more. He goes all out through every extent available, just to make that extra dollar. As a consequence he not only puts himself in peril, but the  other inhabitants of this beautiful planet as well, The feeling of greed knows no bounds – millions and millions of hectares of rainforest have been lost throughout the years, driving many species of plants and animals to extinction. Many plants and animals too have been collected and trapped to be sold to rare plant collectors and pet enthusiasts worldwide. This has resulted in many species becoming extinct or being pushed to the brink of extinction. A case in point here is the Bali Starling, a bird endemic to the island of Bali in Indonesia. Primates and other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians too have been extensively trapped for the exotic food industry.  The craving for wildlife parts as a status symbol, and also as supposed cures for ailments have resulted in a global demand for wildlife parts. Tigers have been killed for their skin and bones, bears for their gall bladders, elephants for their tusks, and rhinoceroses for their horns. All five species of rhinoceros (2 in Africa and 3 in Asia) are endangered, 3 of them critically because of hunting pressure in much reduced habitats, resulting in small non viable breeding populations. The elephant too (2 in Africa and 1 in Asia) is also a target for poachers who are involved in the billion dollar ivory trade and all that we see today are very much reduced populations of formerly extensive herds. The tiger too is fast disappearing from Asia, even in protected areas, because of a high demand for its body parts. Even rare orchids and pitcher plants too are not spared. The illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is very big business like the drug trade. The player at the bottom of the pyramid, the poacher, actually takes a very small share of the proceeds while the players at the apex, the dealers, make very big fortunes. The latter is very rich and in many countries throughout the world, has corrupt legislators, ministers, and law enforcement agencies on his payroll. These corrupt officials have facilitated this evil trade by choosing to ignore crimes committed and being in cahoots with the wildlife parts trader. As responsible citizens, students can play a big role to stop this evil trade and it is the duty of every citizen of a nation to do so. A nation’s progress or failure rests to a great extent on the integrity of her citizens. Say no to the trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. Love Life Love Nature.

The ASiS International Essay and Poetry Writing Competition 2013 (AIWC) would like to hear the views of school students worldwide on the efforts undertaken to curb the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. In this respect, prospective participants of the essay writing section are required to:

  1. Give a clear cut definition of the issue at hand.
  2. Give your perceptions of the situation globally or in your respective countries.
  3. Outline the roles of the government, non-governmental organizations, and the people in efforts to instil love and respect of the rights of wildlife.
  4. Focus on one or more programmes in your country to instil awareness on the conservation of wildlife and nature.

 

Questions to address in your essay.

  1. How have current efforts in your country to curb the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts helped in preserving endangered species of wildlife?
  2. How do you perceive the long term benefits the curbing of illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts to your country and the world at large?
  3. What concrete actions would you recommend to ensure the continued monitoring of the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts by your country?

 

No definitions or questions to address are required in the poetry section.

 

We encourage you to draw on your personal experiences when possible and focus on providing your own creative solutions to ensure the inculcation of moral values among the citizens of your country and its efforts to put a stop to the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts, both in prose and poetry forms.

 

General

All work must be submitted by individuals, group work is not allowed.

One participant may submit only one work.

All submissions must be submitted together with the official entry form which will be available online.

 

Format, rules and regulations.

 

A. Essay Writing Section

Your essay must be at least 4000 words.

Essays are accepted only on MS Word Document, using Arial, font size 12.

Submissions will be accepted until 30 June 2013.

This essay competition is open for school students only from ALL countries of the world. Participants must be between the ages of 15-18 on 30 June 2013.

All essays must be in English.

Submissions must be sent via email to aiwc2013@asiskl.org and must be together with the official entry form (AIWC -2013 – PARTICIPATION). Please also include your postal / mailing address.

Please fill in your name in the official entry form only. Do not include your name in the body of the essay.

Participants must provide the names and websites of their respective schools when submitting their entries.

Each essay must be accompanied by a short summary (maximum 200 words).  The summary will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.

Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited.

All references used must be systematically listed at the end of the essay.

All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

The Organizer reserves the right to publish and / to make available to the public the winning submissions.

The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to an appeal.

 

Poetry Writing Section

Your poem can be in any form but must have a minimum of 30 lines.

Poems are accepted only on MS Word Document, using Arial, font size 12.

Submissions will be accepted until 30 June 2013.

This essay and poetry writing competition is open for school students only from ALL countries of the world. Participants must be between the ages of 15-18 on 30 June 2013.

All poems must be in English.

Submissions must be sent via email to aiwc2013@asiskl.org and must be together with the official entry form (AIWC -2013 – PARTICIPATION). Please also include your postal / mailing address.

Please fill in your name in the official entry form only. Do not include your name in the body of the poem.

Participants must provide the names and websites of their respective schools when submitting their entries.

All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

The Organizer reserves the right to publish and / to make available to the public the winning submissions.

The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to an appeal.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the deadline for submissions? The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2013. Work submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  2. How do I submit? The submission process is very simple. Essays and poems must be submitted on MS Word (Arial, font size 12) via email attachment. No other format is allowed.
  3. Who is eligible to participate? This essay and poetry writing competition is open for school students of all countries. College and university students are not eligible to participate.
  4. I am just under 15 or just over 18 – can I still participate? This competition is intended only for school students between 15 – 18 years of age. If you are between these ages on 30 June 2013, you are eligible. No exceptions will be granted. If you are 18 years and 1 day on that date, you are still eligible, so long as you don’t reach 19 years. Those who are 14 years and 11 months will not be considered as you have not reached 15.
  5. In what language shall I submit my work? This essay can only be written in English.
  6. Am I allowed to include graphs, tables, or diagrams in my essay? Yes, you are welcome (but not obliged to) to include the mentioned. The content will not count into the total number of words in your essay. Please make sure you explain what each graph, table, or diagram represents.
  7. What is the summary of the essay? You are asked to write a summary to go with your essay, which cannot exceed 200 words. The summary should explain the aim, the methodology, the reasoning and main conclusion of your essay. The summary is important, as pre-selection of the essays will be based on the assessment of these only. This means that a good essay without a summary or a poorly written summary will not be graded highly.
  8. What are the evaluation criteria for the submissions? Essays will be graded for their structure and coherence, originality and creativity and the use of thoughtful and concrete proposals / examples.
  9. Do I need to address all questions? Yes, you need to address all questions in your essay.

 

 

Prizes

Essay Writing Category

  1. First Prize – US$350.00 and a distinguished award certificate
  2. Second Prize – US$250.00 and a distinguished ward certificate.
  3. Third Prize – US$150.00 and a distinguished award certificate.
  4. Seven consolation prizes of US$100.00 each and merit award certificates.

Poetry Writing Category

  1. First Prize – US$350.00 and a distinguished award certificate
  2. Second Prize – US$250.00 and a distinguished ward certificate.
  3. Third Prize – US$150.00 and a distinguished award certificate.
  4. Seven consolation prizes of US$100.00 each and merit award certificates

Contact :

E-mail : aiwc2013@asiskl.org

  • SM Sains Alam Shah
    Jalan Yaacob Latif
    Bandar Tun Razak
    56000, Cheras
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaTelephone :+603 91315014
    Fax : +603 91318119website : www.asiskl.org
    E-mail : asiskl@asiskl.org
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