World Affairs Council
Essayline extended to 3/29/2019, midnight

This competition is open to all Washington State students in the 3rd-12th grades. The goal of the World Citizen Essay Contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community.

Here is this year’s prompt:
According to the World Health Organization, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 due to increased malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. Climate change can also have a negative impact on global health due to lack of clean air, safe drinking water, adequate food, and secure housing. If you had the opportunity to address the impact of climate change on global health, WHERE would you go, WHAT issue or concern would you try to solve and WHY, and WHAT steps would you take to bring about a sustainable solution?

Please go to for the Judging Rubric and Rule Guide, and to read award-winning essays on other topics from previous years. For questions contact or call 206-441-5910.

Essays must be 1000 words or less, and are due by midnight on Friday, March 22, 2019. Please submit your essay via e-mail to

Nine student winners (3 in Elementary School; 3 in Middle School; and 3 in High School) will receive prizes and recognition at a public awards ceremony in April.