Over to You is an essay writing competition that invites creative and analytical responses to topical issues. Students from Years 8-10 are assessed in one category and VCE or IB students in a separate category. Cash prizes, public speaking opportunities, and publishing on our website will be awarded to winners from both categories.


The Competition

Entrants can respond to either of the following topic sentences, in an analytical or creative essay of 800-1200 words in length.

Topic 1: ‘The only way to sustain life on Earth is to move to Mars’

Topic 2: ‘Free speech is a thing of the past’


Who Can Enter?

This competition will be open to students in two categories, and a winner will be selected from each category.

Category 1: Year 8-10 students

Category 2: VCE and IB students


The Prize

Winners from each category will receive a $150 cash prize and a public speaking opportunity. They will present their work at one of our ‘Creating Space for Relevant Debate’ events, a series run in partnership with the Melbourne Museum, to be held on the evening of 31 October. Students under 18 years of age will require a guardian or parent to be present.

Students will be asked a few brief questions on stage, including the message within their entry and how they approached writing their essay. The essays of winning students will also be published on the Humanities 21 website.


How to Enter

Entries can be submitted via email at [email protected].

In the subject of your email please state the name of the competition you are entering.

In the body of your email please state your name, year level, school, and the word count of your essay.

Students are requested to clearly state the topic they have selected and on the first page of their entry. Documents should be attached in PDF or Word format.

Entries open on Friday 24 August and close on Friday 21 September.

Winners will be announced on Friday 19 October.

All students who have entered will receive a Certificate of Participation from Humanities 21.


Our other school programs are:

Where’s Homer?

History’s Page

You can find out more about our School Programs HERE. Contact us at [email protected] or 0417 464 001 to get your school involved.