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2018 Essay Prize Details

Essay Question

“The modern Western diet overfeeds the body, but undernourishes the brain. Discuss.”

Henry Kitchener Prize

The Henry Kitchener Prize is a 1500 word essay contest.

The school or college that the winning individual essayist attends will be awarded a prize of £500. The winning individual essayist will win £100, and there are a number of runner-up prizes of up to £50 available, plus highly commended certificates. All winners will be provided with a certificate and featured on our website.

The Henry Kitchener Prize competition is open to all students currently studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland who were born on or after 1 September 1999. (Exceptions may be made for those in year 13 but born before that date. Email to be considered.)

Terms and conditions

  • Authors should be mindful of effective science communication with a lay audience when writing essays, and that essays simply written as coursework are not suitable.
  • Submissions should be in the style of an article for New Scientist and should not be too ‘dry’ bearing in mind it should be pitched at a level suitable for lay public readership. Extra credit will be awarded for essays illustrating thought-provoking, opinionated and readable content.
  • Essays are required to be the original work of the candidate. If it contains material such as previously published illustrations or tables, the material must be clearly identified and acknowledged within the text. Essays will be checked electronically for plagiarism.
  • Essays submitted for the Henry Kitchener Prize should not exceed 1500 words.
  • Please provide a maximum of 10 references; these can be excluded from your word count.
  • Essays are marked anonymously by our Essay Panel; please ensure that no reference to yourself, your school or institution, teacher, supervisor or colleagues are made within the essay itself. Essays containing identifying information will not be considered.
  • By entering the competition the entrant agrees to transfer the copyright of the submitted essay to the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, giving the Institute the right to reproduce, distribute and broadcast the essay in printed, electronic or any other medium, and in turn to authorise others to do the same. The Institute will also have the right to edit the essays as deemed appropriate for publishing. If your essay is not one of the prize winning essays, all rights revert back to the author.
  • Employees, contractors and trustees of the Institute and their family members are not eligible to enter.
  • The Institute reserves the right to withhold the prize if the standard of the essays submitted is not of sufficient merit.
  • The decision of the Essay Panel is final.
  • In the event of your essay being unsuccessful we are not able to provide feedback.
  • Essays must be received by 12:00pm GMT on Monday, 19 March 2018.
  • Essays may only be submitted as a Word document (or similar) and by email to Submission of your essay indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • Please include the following information in your covering email:
    – Full Name
    – Date of Birth
    – Contact address
    – Contact telephone number
    – Name of school / college

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