Essay Competition

The Global Leadership English Challenge aims to drive meaningful youth engagement and to increase the work of young changemakers throughout the world. Thus, based on GLEC Scoring Criteria (Organization, Knowledge, Originality, Expression, and Style), any submissions including the creativity, the visibility of youth action, and research on SDGs will be highly rated.

What is the topic?

GLEC supports the United Nations Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

You can find your essay topics here.

Rules and Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines will help the participants understand the competition procedure. Participants who failed to follow this rule will be disqualified.


Preliminary Round

The preliminary round for the GLEC is open through the GLEC Online Platform where each registered applicant can log in and submit the entry files. All applicants are highly recommended for a comprehensive study on a given topic before the file submission, based on the reference articles provided by the GLEC Secretariat.


Entry File Submission (Nominated applicants can skip this step.)

If you are fully registered for the GLEC competition, log in to the platform and complete your entry submission by directly typing the essay on the GLEC Online Platform. The platform does not allow you to copy and paste any text from internet resources or even a prepared essay on your computer.

Only fully registered applicants can access the platform with their personal information (Username, Date of Birth (yyyymmdd)). If any applicant encounters difficulties logging in to the platform, inquire GLEC Secretariat at for login details.


Final Round

The final round of competition will be held online via the online conference platform Zoom, therefore participants should make sure that the supporting equipment and devices are completely available (Laptop/PC with functioning camera and speaker, microphone, and internet connection).

The individual final round date/time will be informed individually after the final round registration period only to those who have completed the registration fee payment.


Rules on Zoom

  • The Essay competition format is identical to the TOEFL Writing Exam. URL for the final round platform will be shared through a Zoom chat, and the participants should write an essay based on a newly given topic within 50 minutes.

  • As part of a monitoring and further examination, the entire contest procedure will be recorded. All participants are considered to consent to the video/audio recordings and the use of recordings being used by the GLEC Secretariat. The use of recordings may include: supervision, examination, edit, website post, etc.

  • Every participant must make sure that their appearance during the competition can be seen and heard clearly by the judges. If you went out of the camera frame and are caught cheating in any form, the Secretariat is entitled to unilaterally decide to disqualify participants from the competition.

  • We consider the following to be acts of dishonesty.
  1. Opening another webpage or browsing another website
  2. Using shortcuts or operating system functions (i.e. Ctrl+V, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+Tab, Print Screen)
  3. Using notes, smartphones or other materials
  4. Talking on the phone or to other people
  5. Someone other than you taking any portion of the competition (i.e. Multiple Logins)
  6. Staying with someone else in the room during the competition
  7. Other dishonest acts