My Magna Carta is an international creative essay competition for 11 to 18 year olds in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Young people from across the UK, the English-Speaking Union's member countries and throughout the Commonwealth are invited to create their very own Magna Carta for the 21st century: one document that safeguards and promotes the rights, privileges and liberties of either their own country or the whole world.

The English-Speaking Union
The ESU works principally with young people, providing opportunities to build skills and gain experiences to help our beneficiaries realise their full potential.

We run a wide range of educational and cultural programmes, from scholarships for school leavers, teachers and professionals; to ground-breaking persuasive speech training and competitions involving hundreds of schools in the UK and internationally.

We are also a vibrant membership organisation, with over 5,000 members in England and Wales. Our members are organised into 35 branches, each of which maintains its own programme of events and supports schools in its local area in initiatives aligned with the ESU's objectives.

Royal Holloway
Royal Holloway, University of London, is celebrating 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, less than two miles from the university. The celebrations during the anniversary year will comprise the creation of an app – Runnymede Explored – written by students from Geography, Biology, History, English, and Computer Science, to guide visitors around the Runnymede meadows, an online MOOC promoted by the University of London and the Library of Congress and created by the History, Geography and Politics departments, and a wide array of community and education projects on campus, in schools and other voluntary projects.

We will be staging the Great Charter Festival on Sunday 14 June 2015, in partnership with Surrey County Council, to celebrate the living tradition of liberty and protest that has grown from Magna Carta. We hope you can join us through one of these events or activities.

www.royalholloway.ac.uk/magnacarta

Please enter via the online forms in the menu above, selecting whether you are in the senior or junior age category (age at closing date).

All entries must be submitted before midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Awards will be given in the following categories, for both junior and senior entries:

Overall Winner
UK Winner
Regional Winners (by continent)
Specially Commended

Continent and UK Finalists will be invited to London on the week of 12 October 2015. Finalists will receive public speaking training soon after arriving, and will then present their Magna Carta in a grand final, competing against other continent finalists in their age category. Finalists will then have the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural activities in London.

Entrants are invited from residents of any of the ESU members countries or any Commonwealth country.

ESU Member Countries

Albania
Argentina
Australia
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Italy
Japan
Republic of Korea
Latvia


Lebanon
Lithuania
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
New Zealand
Nepal
Norway
Pakistan
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United States of America
Yemen
Commonwealth Countries

Africa

Botswana
Cameroon
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Swaziland
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania
Zambia

Asia

Bangladesh
Brunei Darussalam
India
Malaysia
Maldives
Pakistan
Singapore
Sri Lanka


Caribbean and Americas

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas, The
Barbados
Belize
Canada
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Saint Lucia
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

Europe

Cyprus
Malta
United Kingdom

Pacific

Australia
Fiji
Kiribati
Nauru
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu