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CNN Announces Essay Contest to Meet Malala Yousafzai

Sep 27, 2017, 10:54 AM

Participate for a chance to meet Malala Yousafzai, the young girl shot by the Tablian because she wanted to go to school. Winner will also attend “The Bravest Girl in the World” a sit down interview with Malala Yousafzai and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour at the 92nd Street Y

CNN announced today the launched of an essay contest inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the 16 year old girl shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school.  The winner will attend a big event:  Christiane Amanpour interviewing Malala Yousafzai before an audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York.  The event will be part of a special broadcast airing Sunday, October 13th on CNN: The Bravest Girl in the World.

The contest geared to teens 13 to 18 years old, asks:  “What specifically has Malala done to inspire you?”

At age 15, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban because she insisted on going to school despite a ban, and encouraged other girls to do the same. Miraculously, the bullets aimed at her head did not penetrate her brain.  Now, after half a dozen surgeries, and despite continued threats from the Taliban, she is once again waging her campaign for girls’ education worldwide. Malala will be accompanied by her father Ziauddin, who has been her chief teacher and fellow activist of girls’ education.

Essay submission judging criteria will include literary merit/readability, persuasiveness of the argument, passion for the subject, and staying within the 300-500 word parameter. The review board will be comprised of CNN.com editors.  Submissions will be narrowed down to three finalists, from which Malala will choose the the winner.  First prize will include a trip to New York City where the winner and a guardian will attend the 92nd Street Y event on October 10, 2013.  Second and third prize winners will receive signed copies of Malala’s memoir.  The contest is open to legal US residents 13-18 years old living in the 48 contiguous US and DC.

For complete rules please link to:  http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/malalaessayrules.html