PHLPost hosts international youth letter-writing contest

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is inviting the youth to put pen to paper in the 53rd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.

The contest, aligned with the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) mandate to foster global camaraderie, encourages participants under 15 to express their vision for the future through handwritten letters.

This year’s theme, “Write a letter to future generations about the world you hope they inherit,” seeks to inspire reflection and hope in young minds.

The UPU, a specialized agency of the United Nations, has been bridging communication gaps for over 150 years, and this competition upholds its enduring spirit in today’s digital age.

Entries must be in English, original, and under 800 words, embodying all standard letter components. The committee will verify the originality of the winning letter.

Submission details, such as word count, personal information, and school particulars, must be provided separately.

Participants are reminded to submit their handwritten letters through PHLPost’s Domestic Express Mail Service to the Office of the Postmaster General and register online with a scanned copy of their entry and photo.

Notably, using private courier services will lead to disqualification.

Entries are accepted from March 20 to April 5, 2024, with the national winner to be announced by April 12.

The judging criteria include relevance, imagination, writing style, vocabulary, and a youthful tone.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes, medals, and certificates, with the first prize winner’s entry representing the Philippines at the international level on May 5, 2024.

This initiative by PHLPost not only promotes literacy and creativity among Filipino youth but also connects them to a global platform, allowing their voices to potentially resonate internationally.

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