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. Participating countries then organize the competition at the national level through the Post, often with the support of the educational authorities and media. All entries must be submitted through the national Post. Each country chooses a national winner and submits them as the country entry to the UPU international competition no later than 5 May of the year in question.
The theme selected for the 2020 competition is "Write a message to an adult about the world we live in”. The new theme invites youth to express their opinions on how they feel about the world around them. For inspiration, please visit the UN website.
All member countries are invited to participate by organizing a competition on the national level before sending their top composition to the UPU. Each country's best letter must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 5 May 2020.
The theme selected for the 2019 competition was: "Write a letter about your hero".
2/9/2020Richemelle Francilia Somissou Koukoui, 14, Benin.
2/9/2020Alana Sacarello, 11, Gibraltar.
2/9/2020Leyla Dadashova, 14, Azerbaijan.