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UAE parents: how to get your child’s writing published…

Do you have a future writer, journalist or thought leader on your hands? UAE parents and teachers can help their children and students to get their writing published on a public platform by encouraging them to enter the “500 Words For Our Future” competition this November.

Children and teens below the age of 18 are challenged to submit 500 words in any form or style they like, as long as it is somehow inspired by the theme “Our Planet. Our Future”.

What to write?

Held by Which Media, the team behind and Which School Advisor, this competition is the perfect opportunity for a passionate activist to share their thoughts and try to stir up action, while also gaining valuable experience for their own future.

Whether it’s a rousing think-piece on the critical state of the world young people are set to inherit, a creative poem or story about the last polar bear cub, or a practical guide to more sustainable living for students, the format and content of your submission is totally open to interpretation.

What you could win

The 500 Words for our Future writing competition will be judged in two age categories, 11 years and under, or 12-18 years. The best of pieces of writing will be published across both and, and the winner of each age category will be awarded AED250 in book vouchers.

The 500 Words for Our Future competition is running alongside the Which Media Festival of Schools, taking place over four weekends this month, in four of the UAE’s most vibrant schools.

Each school has been asked to create a family day out with that same theme: Our Planet, Our Future.


Join us!

Tickets are limited so book now to join us at each of the three remaining Festival of School events for a fun day out filled with wow and adventure – and to see the UAE education sector put their eco credentials in to action.

Saturday 13th November, 9am-12pm – GEMS FirstPoint School
Saturday 20th November, 9am-1pm – Arcadia School
Saturday 27th November, 9am-3pm – Victory Heights Primary School

500 Words for our Future: How to enter…

Click here to submit an entry to the 500 Words For Our Future competition for the chance to win AED250 in book vouchers, and the opportunity for your or your child’s work to be headline published here on and on our sister site – and sent out and celebrated across Social Media.

Terms & Conditions – 500 Words for our Future, a writing competition from Which Media

• The 500 Words for Our Future competition is open NOW! and will close on 30th November 2021
• The competition is open to all UAE students aged 18 and under
• Entries will be judged in two age categories 11 years and under, or 12-18 years
• Entrants must be resident in the UAE
• Entries must be made via the link above. Email entries or hand written submissions will not be considered
• Entries must be an original piece of writing
• All entries should be 500 words or less. Entries over 500 words will be rejected
• Entries will be judged independently and the best will be published on the and websites
• The overall winner from each age group will receive a book voucher worth AED250
• Entries must be submitted by an adult aged over 18. Adults will be asked to provide the entrant’s name, gender, school and age and confirm that they have parental permission to make the submission

About The Author
Tabitha Barda
Tabitha Barda is the Senior Editor of Oxbridge educated and an award winning journalist in the UAE for more than a decade, Tabitha is one of the region's shining lights in all that is education in the emirates. A mum herself, she is passionate about helping parents - and finding the stories in education that deserve telling. She is responsible for's The School's Report - the global weekly round up of what matters in education for parents which is published every Thursday, reviewing schools across the UAE - and features on issues that really matter.

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