Enter the 2022 Annual Essay Contest!


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The Annual Essay Contest is back! Students from grades 3-12 are invited to enter. This year we have 3 topics for students to choose from. We look forward to reading your entries!

The essay contest is open to students from Grades 3-12 and the deadline for entries is April 30, 2022. Students must choose and write about one of the following topics. Detailed rules and information about submission guidelines can be found below. We enourage all participants to read them.

Good luck!

Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm published their first collection of fairy tales 210 year ago. Since then the stories have spread around the world and have been retold countless times. You may have already heard of Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, to name a few. Some of the most popular retellings are very different from the original fairy tales and many people do not know the stories originated in Germany. Do you know any of the fairy tales that the Brothers Grimm collected and published? If so, how did you learn about them? Are the versions you know different than the original versions of the stories? If so, what is different? Which version do you like better?


Marshall Plan

75 years ago Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced a plan for a comprehensive program to rebuild Europe after the devastation of World War II. It became commonly known as the Marshall Plan and was the key to the economic recovery of Europe and unprecedented growth in the postwar years. Why was the reconstruction of Europe, particularly Germany, important to the United States? How was the aid divided amongst and used by the various countries? Did the United States achieve its goals with foreign aid?


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

For the past 40 years the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program has focused on strengthening ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. Over 26,000 students have participated and each year another 350 will start their journey as exchange students. The students participating in the exchange program have a unique role to fill by adapting to a new culture and language while also representing their home country at the same time. Can you picture yourself as an exchange student? Where would you like to go? What would you be most excited about learning during your exchange? What is something about your country and culture that you think is important for others to know?

Annual Essay Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

The German Information Center USA fulfills the public diplomacy mission of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. To encourage American students to get to know modern Germany, the German Embassy…

About the Essay Contest

Students must write about the following topics: Brothers Grimm The Brothers Grimm published their first collection of fairy tales 210 year ago. Since then the stories have spread around the world…

Detailed Rules and Guidelines

Winners will be determined by a panel of judges from the German Embassy Washington. Entries will be judged based on their content, style and grammar. Successful entries will: Follow the…

Criteria for Judging

Amazon.com gift e-certificates will be awarded to the national 1st place winners in each age group. 1st place – grades 3 – 5: $100 bookstore gift certificate 1st place – grades 6 – 8: $150 bookstore…


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