Since 1971, the UPU has encouraged young writers aged 9-15 to write letters on a given theme to win exciting prizes. The competition is an excellent way of making young people aware of the important role postal services play in our societies. It develops their skills in composition and their ability to express thoughts clearly. It also fosters enjoyment of letter writing and helps strengthen the bonds of international friendship.
The UPU's secretariat, the International Bureau, chooses a theme annually and publicises it each year. Participating countries then organize the competition at the national level through the Post, often with the support of the educational authorities and media.
The theme this year focused on the readiness to take action on the climate disaster which has never been more critical to save the planet and the livelihoods of the world’s population today.
An international jury complied by the International Bureau judges the letters and selects the overall winners and candidates that merit a special mention.
07.10.2022Esra Sümeyye Öz, 13, Türkiye
07.10.2022Nisal Nasser Salem Al Rawahiyah, 13, Oman
07.10.2022Bryaneliza Latchman, 11, Guyana
Meet the jury members
Moussibahou Mazou, President of the Forum for Research and Development of Postal Services in Africa (FRDPA)
Moussibahou Mazou, holds a doctorate in Development Economics. A former deputy director-general of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), he is currently the President of the Forum for Research and Development of Postal Services in Africa (FRDPA).
Though of Beninese origin, he has made the Republic of Congo his adopted country . Moussibahou is also a novelist and the author of “Babingo, the Noble Rebel”, a pulsating advocacy for the mainstreaming of indigenous languages into the curriculum of African countries.
|Brigitte Perrin, from Switzerland, is the Head of Communication at the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations’ trusted voice on weather, climate and water.|
With a journalist and political sciences background, she dedicated her career to opening mindsets to communication and driving change across several UN entities, the Swiss Television and the University of Geneva.
She strongly believes that young people can inspire innovation as they are not stopped by any preconceptions.
She is the mother of two teenagers who are also worried about climate change.
Brigitte Perrin, Head of Communications at World Meteorological Organisation
Richard Nash, Coach, strategist, and serial entrepreneur in new and traditional media
|Richard won the UPU’s International Letter-Writing Competition for young people when he was 15, having touched the jury members with his powerful letter to a refugee child. Since then,|
Richard has dedicated his career to publishing, media and education.
As a coach, he works with creative professionals and entrepreneurs, helping them navigate personal and professional transitions
He led partnerships and content at the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and the new media app Byliner and advised numerous start-ups in media, culture and education. Previously he ran independent publishers Soft Skull Press and Red Lemonade, for which he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010, the Utne Reader named Richard one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and in 2013, the Frankfurt Book Fair picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in the World in Digital Publishing.
His long essay “On The Business of Literature” was the most-read story in the history of the Virginia Quarterly Review and has been reprinted in several books, and translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese.
He has been privileged to speak around the world on the history and future of books, writing and reading.
01.09.2021Miss Nubaysha Islam, fourteen year old from Bangladesh won this year's 50th International Letter Writing Competition for her letter to her baby sister about her experience of COVID.
01.09.2021Bruno Ivanovski, a 14-year-old from North Macedonia received the second prize for his letter to his grandma about how he hasn’t seen her for a year and misses her greatly. (In French)
03.09.2021Dao Anh Thu,14-years-old, from Viet Nam received the third prize for her letter to her younger sister.
There were also special mentions for the letters of these young people from:
- Belarus, Gleb Klimovich, 14 years-old
- Brazil, Luisa Tejo Salgado Catâo, 14 years-old
- Turkey, Adnan Yigit AIkan, 13 years-old
- Indonesia, Nur Eka Syahrina Ramadhani Basyar 11 years-old
- Libya, Elaf Abdel Hakim Al-Ajil
Best of the Best
16.09.2021Read the first-prize letters from 50 years of the UPU's International Letter-Writing Competition.
07.10.2021Mi-kyong Ryu – 11, Korea (Rep.)
Theme for 7th International Letter Writing Competition for Young People «The postman, my best friend»