Climate Change Writing Competition

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 - 12 November 2021. To mark this occasion, we are launching a competition to encourage students at the University of Birmingham to write an article (up to 2,000 words) on the theme of tackling climate change.

Deadline passed: no longer accepting entries

A prize of £500 will be awarded to the winning entry, with two £250 prizes available for runners-up. The prize winners will be selected from a shortlist by a panel of judges and the results will be announced early summer 2021.

The overall winner and runners-up will also have their entries published in a University of Birmingham digital collection of climate change articles, alongside contributions from academic staff. This publication will be promoted to policy makers and journalists in the months leading up to COP26.


  • Professor Hisham Mehanna, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (interdisciplinary research)
  • Professor Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science
  • Dame Caroline Spelman, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

How to enter

Write an article of up to 2,000 words on the theme of tackling climate change and send to by 23:59 on Sunday 9 May 2021.

You may interpret this topic however you wish, the choice is up to you. You could, for example, focus on novel solutions to climate change or the diplomatic challenges in building a global consensus. Whatever angle you take, the judges will be looking for original and thoughtful contributions to the debates around climate change.

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Birmingham only.

Submit an entry

Terms and conditions

  • Entries received after the stated closing date will not be accepted.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you have any questions contact:
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award prizes to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
  • The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Birmingham.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • Only individual entries are permitted.
  • Your entry must be your own original work and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  • Your entry must not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body.
  • You will retain copyright in the entry you submit for the competition. By entering the competition, you give to the University free of charge the right to publish the work on its website and in appropriate digital publications.
  • All entries will be reviewed by an internal panel, which will shortlist articles for the judges to review. A panel of judges will then review the shortlisted entries and will award prizes.
  • The winner and runners-up will be notified by email. The decision of the University of Birmingham regarding any aspect of the competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.