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.
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.
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.
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.