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What is ESSC?

The ESSC, or Extremely Short Story Competition, is a competition in which participants compose a mini-essay consisting of exactly 50 words. It was first developed by Professor Peter Hassall of Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and introduced to Japan by Professor emeritus Nobuyuki Honna of Aoyama University. The Japan Times ST is proud to host this competition, which will help improve English learners’ creative writing skills and enhance their ability to communicate in English.

 
Topic: What I like about my country

Brainstorm freely about this topic and compose a 50-word mini essay. Your piece can be fiction, a poem, an essay, etc. Make sure there are no grammar and spelling mistakes, as those will be marked against you when considered for judgment. Our judges — Mr. Hassall and Mr. Honna — will choose the top two essays in each category. Winners will be awarded a prize.

We will hold two categories: high school students or younger / university students and above. Anyone whose native tongue is not English can participate.

Deadline for entries is Feb. 28.
Winners will be announced in the 2014 March 28 issue of The Japan Times ST.

 
Message from Professor Peter Hassall (in 50 words)

From the tranquil summit of a mountain temple near Yamagata, where Basho wrote a famous haiku, a man of 'belief and action' sent news to the soaring multicultural towers of the UAE. The Japan Times ST Extremely Short Story Competition will soon span the continents enhancing self-expression and cultural understanding.

Greetings from Mr. Hassall >>

Message from Professor emeritus Nobuyuki Honna(in 50 words)

The ESSC, sponsored by The Japan Times ST, is a good exercise for Japanese students to learn how to express themselves in English. Actually, if given an opportunity, Japanese students and citizens can display a remarkable command of English. This tendency will be demonstrated by participants in this new program.

  Check out some of the past 50-words essays

 
FAQ
What should we write about?
You are free to write about anything as long as it is related to the topic.
Should I write an essay or a short story?
There are no restrictions on genre. Your piece can be an essay, a short story, a poem, a letter, anything!
The word count has to be exactly 50 words?
Yes, no more and no less. Periods, commas, questions marks and quotation marks don’t count, but do not use symbols, such as & / + × ÷ = * # < > @.
On what grounds are the winners chosen?
Judges will examine the content of your piece comprehensively. Grammar and spelling mistakes will be marked against you, so make sure you check before you send your piece
Can teachers help participants with grammar and spelling?
No. Participants must complete their pieces on their own.
Will the essays be shown online?
The winning pieces will be shown online.


  Check out some of the past 50-words essays