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2017/18 Secondary School Essay-Writing Competition Details

The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre is holding its seventh annual National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for Transition and 5th year secondary school students. 


The competition will require that students take a decisive stance on the following prompt, which is to be explored in an essay of 800-1,000 words: 

“Affordable student housing is essential and could be a solid investment for the Government. So why are we handing it over to the vultures”, asks reported Éilis Ryan.

(article accessed 18/09/17

What is the best way to guarantee the availability of affordable student housing?


The primary purpose of our competition is to give students the opportunity to engage in a social debate through writing and to prepare them for argumentative writing at third level. In addition, the competition highlights the University of Limerick’s commitment to supporting the educational advancement of prospective students. The Regional Writing Centre is dedicated to helping students to develop strategies to become more confident, critical and autonomous writers, able to write persuasively in all contexts, whether academic or professional.  

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Wednesday, 28th February 2018 at 5:00pm. The links to the rules and regulations of the competition, judging criteria and identification sheet for this competition can be found at the bottom of this page.


Three shortlisted winners were announced on Friday, 13th April 2018. Prizes were awarded at a special ceremony in the University of Limerick on Thursday, 17th May 2018. The overall winner of the National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition received an Android tablet, while the two runners-up each received a €100 One4All voucher.


Essay Writing Criteria

Identification Sheet

Writing General Rules