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Thursday 16 February 2023

UPU International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People

The UPU’s International Letter-Writing Competition aims to improve literacy through the art of letter-writing. Targeted at children and young people, the annual competition encourages participants to express their creativity and refine their language skills.

The competition is open to participants of 9-15 years as on 31.03.2024

The UPU International Bureau does not accept compositions sent directly by schools, individuals or similar.

Recognizing safety as a critical component of its mission and in support of the UN Second Decade of Action for Road Safety, the UPU, in partnership with the UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF), will hold its 53rd International Letter-Writing Competition in 2024

In 2024, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the future of the world under the theme: "At 150 years old, the UPU has served people around the world for more than eight generations. The world has changed enormously since then. Write a letter to future generations about the world you hope they inherit." 

The chosen theme encourages young people to articulate their thoughts on current global challenges and propose innovative solutions. Aligning with the United Nations system's Common Agenda to deepen solidarity between generations and ensure a liveable planet for the future, the theme allows youths to draw upon the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, providing a framework for their visions of a better world.

Each member country then organizes a letter-writing competition on the theme in its territory as it sees fit but preferably with the help of its national education authorities.

The national organizing body/bodies choose the best composition in accordance with the general rules of the competition.

Each member country then sends the International Bureau its best national message, with the supporting documents (see below), by no later than 5 May of the following year.  Only one entry per member country is permitted.

Each entry must be accompanied by the following documents:
a A completed entry form;
b The original letter in the following formats:
a good-quality scan, in colour, of the handwritten original (if available) in PDF format; and
as a Word document;
c A translation of the letter in English and/or French, as a Word document; and
d A good-quality photograph of the candidate:
in JPEG format (300 dpi minimum); or
as a print copy (please do not staple or glue the photo to any of the documents if sending by post).

Presentation and content of entries

The original letter may include illustrations from the candidate. Entries must adhere strictly to the theme and not exceed the limit of 800 words in the original language. 

At the national level, the competition is organized by UPU member countries, which present one winning letter to the international jury convened by the UPU. Entries must reach the UPU International Bureau no later than 5 May each year.


The top winners will receive a special medal (gold for first prize, silver for second, and bronze for third) and a certificate, as well as other prizes to commemorate their win (such other prizes to be decided by the UPU).

The gold medallist may also be offered a trip to the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, or an alternative prize to be decided at the sole discretion of the UPU. 

Writers awarded a special mention will also receive a certificate as well as other prizes (such other prizes to be decided by the UPU). 

UPU Letter Writing Competition by Indiapost for Indian students
UPU letter writing competition, organized by the Department of Posts, Government of India at various Postal Circles in the country.

Language · English or any language listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India.

Date of Competition
The competition shall be organised by the schools in such a way that the entries shall reach the circles by 20.03.2024. Further the circles shall evaluate all the entries and best three entries should reach the Directorate by 10.04.2024

National Level Prizes
First: 50000 and certificate
Second: 25000 and certificate
Third: 10000 and certificate

Circle Level Prizes
First: 25000 and certificate
Second: 10000 and certificate
Third: 5000 and certificate

Best of the Best Letters : Read the best letters from the  International Letter-Writing Competition

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