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The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre is holding its ninth annual National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for Transition and 5th year students.

The competition will require that students take a decisive stance on the following prompt, which is to be explored in an essay of 800-1,000 words: 

Despite both marketing experts and governments deeming it necessary for influencers to disclose their financial relationships with brands,marketing agency CollectivEdge reports that “almost three-quarters of influencers surveyed are not revealing their links with brands, which can lead to issues when building consumer trust.”

How does an influencer's relationship with a brand affect how you view their credibility? Is their failure to disclose their financial relationship with a brand unethical?

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The primary purpose of our competition is to give students the opportunity to engage in a social debate through writing and to prepare them for argumentative writing at third level. In addition, the competition highlights the University of Limerick’s commitment to supporting the educational advancement of prospective students. The Regional Writing Centre is dedicated to helping students to develop strategies to become more confident, critical and autonomous writers, able to write persuasively in all contexts, whether academic or professional.

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Friday, 28th February 2020 at 5:00pm. The winners will be announced Friday, 24th April 2020. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, 27th May 2020. 

The links to the rules and regulations of the competition, judging criteria and identification sheet for this competition can be found at the bottom of this page.

Essay Writing Criteria 

Identification Sheet 

Writing General Rules