Essay Competition

Are you a student in your last two years of school? Enter the Cambridge Immerse Essay Competition to win a number of exciting prizes.

Read on below to find out more information about the competition, the guidelines, the prizes and important competition dates for your diary.

What is the Cambridge Immerse Essay Competition?

The Cambridge Immerse Essay Competition provides the opportunity for secondary school / high school students to submit a special essay on a topic of their choice for the chance to win a range of exciting prizes including an Academic Scholarship, an iPad, and the chance to be our featured writer of the month.

Who can apply?

Any high school / secondary school student aged between 16-18 during the summer of 2018.

Who will read it?

Readers of the Cambridge Immerse article page.

What should I write about?

You get to select the topic. The topic chosen should be insightful and engaging, and informs a ‘lay-man’ reader about a particular topic that is of interest to you. Students are free to choose the topic of the essay but it must be non-fiction (with the exception of the Creative Writing Competition). Make sure you include a title and summary.

How do I submit my essay?

Please complete the web form below. A biography of the author and a headshot must be included.

Top Prize 

The winning essay in each competition will win a subject-specific academic scholarship to attend the Cambridge Immerse Summer Programme. These include:

  • Cambridge Immerse Philosophy Scholarship
  • Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing Scholarship
  • Cambridge Immerse English Literature Scholarship
  • Cambridge Immerse History Scholarship
  • Cambridge Immerse Architecture Scholarship

Second Prize

The top essays in each competition who missed out on the top prize will win an iPad.


The best essays in each competition will win the opportunity to be featured on the Cambridge Immerse website and £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Grammar/Spellcheck: British English must be used. Your blog should be checked for spelling and grammar before submitting.
Distribution: All winning entries will be shared on Cambridge Immerse website, the Cambridge Immerse social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and may be linked to the Cambridge Immerse newsletter. Cambridge Immerse might also publish non-winning entries.
Editing: Articles can be edited by Cambridge Immerse at their discretion.
Word count: Between 1000-1200 words.
Content: Students are free to choose the topic but it cannot include rude or swear words, inappropriate language, or anything that might discriminate or cause offence.
URLs: Hyperlinks to external and internal URLs are highly recommended to reference the research the student did.
Headlines/Titles: Short and snappy. Asking a question or offering a solution works best.
Entries: One entry per person.

1st February 2018  – Essay Competition open at 9AM UK time

31st March 2018 – Essay Competition close at 11.59PM UK time

1st May 2018 – Competition Winners will be informed

Ongoing – Winning entries will be featured on the Cambridge Immerse website.

Due to the high number of applications, it is not possible for us to inform unsuccessful entrants.

Cambridge Immerse Essay Competition Entry Form

The Cambridge Immerse Essay Competition is now closed. If you would still like to submit your essay for a chance to feature on our website please email

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