OxBright Essay Competition 2024


OxBright Essay Competition 2024

Deadline: 31st March, 2024

Summary: Applications are open for the OxBright Essay Competition 2024. Test your academic skills with the OxBright Essay Competition. Designed for bright 15-18 year olds, the competition will challenge you to go beyond the school curriculum and think about the future of your subject.

Details: At OxBright, they are passionate about inspiring students to come together as a community, and their essay topic for this year reflects this. They are asking students “How does collaboration in [your subject]support social impact and innovation? Discuss how working together is essential when addressing global challenges and creating meaningful change”.


  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science & Coding
  • Writing & Journalism
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology


  • £100,000 worth of academic prizes available, including a place at their sister organisation’s residential Oxford summer school.


  • Anyone can enter – the only eligibility criteria is that you must be aged between 15-18. You don’t need to have previously joined an OxBright programme in order to take part.
  • They only accept one essay per student in each Essay Competition.
  • They can only accept entries from individuals, and it’s important to make sure that your work is entirely your own.
  • Responses should be written in English.

Evaluation Criteria:

They will be assessing essays on the following criteria:

  • Fluency of written English
  • Relevance to the question
  • Coherence
  • Creativity and originality of ideas
  • Use of evidence or examples
  • Relevance to the OxBright Worldview


There are three parts to the essay:

  • Essay title: the title of your essay can be up to 100 characters long, including spaces
  • Essay: your essay can have up to 3,800 characters, including spaces (this is about 500 words). This includes everything you write, like the main text and in-text citations. In-text citations are little notes you put in your essay to show where your information came from. For example, if you quote something from a book by John Smith, you will add (Smith, 2010, p. 50) right after the quote. These citations are part of your word count, so make sure to include them.
  • References: as for references, there’s no word limit – you can include as many as you need! These are important for showing where your information came from.Use the Harvard Referencing Style for your references (you can find how to do this in the guidelines provided here). This won’t count towards your essay character limit, so list all the sources you used.

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