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Hey, Young Writers! Here’s a Letter Writing Contest for You!

The winner will represent the Philippines at the UPU International Letter Writing Contest in Switzerland!

Ever since the lockdown started, many more people have become more open in sharing their daily lives and experiences in dealing with the pandemic. Some have started blogs, while others began to document it through videos and uploading it to YouTube. Some have also put their thoughts into words by getting and starting a journal during the quarantine, which they also use as a method of releasing stress.

But what if we told you that sharing your COVID-19 experience might just win you a couple of thousands of pesos? (Read: A Prayer for Writers and Journalists)

You read that right— you can actually earn some cash when you write your experiences during the pandemic! That’s because the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) are collaborating for the 50th International Letter Writing Contest for Young People.

Experiences with COVID-19

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Photo from PHLPost Facebook

The theme for this year’s letter-writing contest is “Write a letter to a family member about your experience of COVID-19,” which the organizers hope will promote “better understanding of the world through the post office.”

According to the UPU, which is a special agency of the United Nations (UN), many of today’s youth have “tragically fallen” to the global health crisis, which has also deprived them of a great childhood.

Through the contest, they want to remind people why a child’s literacy is important. They also hope that it instills in children a liking towards letter writing and composition.

Letter Writing Contest

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Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

The contest is open to preschool, elementary, and high school students who are 15 years old and below, and are Filipino citizens. (Read: 3 Pinoy Komiks That Are Worth Checking Out on penlab.ink)

To enter, a student must write a handwritten letter that is no more than a thousand words that strictly fits the theme. All entries must be sent through PHLPost and local post offices only (no private couriers) and be in by April 2. Semi-finalists will be announced on April 12.

The top three letter writers will win P15,000, P10,000, and P5,000, respectively, along with other recognitions. On top of the cash prize, the first placer will be the Philippines’s official contestant to the UPU International Letter Writing Contest to be held in Switzerland.

For more information, you may visit the PHLPost website, or contact Ms. Joy Edralin-Camacho at 8527-01-32.

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