Theme for both categories - 2021


We all have experienced kindness at some point of time in our lives - It could be towards ourselves, others or the environment. It touches hearts and is an ennobling act.

Narrate a story from your own life experience which reflects kindness to the self or kindness to others or kindness to the environment.

The story must bring out how an act by you or someone else whom you know personally relates to one or more of the above themes of kindness.

Category -1

[ Age 14-18 years ]
Word Limit 500

Category -2

[ Age 19-25 years ]
Word Limit 750

Languages Offered

UN official languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Indian languages

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu

Select any ONE of the above languages to write your essay.

Last date of submission 30th November 2021

Invitation to the Youth

Youth is a time of great possibilities. It is a period in life filled with opportunities waiting to be realized, provided you are mindful of them and are willing to strive heartfully for your holistic growth. While education helps us to develop our physical and intellectual capabilities to their optimum extent and prepares us to thrive in a competitive world, there is one aspect of our development that does not often receive attention due to it – the development of our inner Being.

Without the synchronous development of body, mind and heart our evolution as human beings remains incomplete. It is therefore balanced, in addition to excellence, that you must strive for - the balance between mind and heart, the outer and the inner, and, between thinking and feeling.

Through the Heartfulness Essay Event, we invite you to tap into your inner space, tune in to the soft voice of the heart that never fails to guide and inspire and, express in words your experience related to the theme of this year’s event. We encourage YOU thus to begin the practice of referring to the heart more and more.

Documents for Participants


Information Leaflet

Essay event 2021

Guidelines for Submission

Essay event 2021 - Guidelines

Evaluation Criteria

Essay event 2021 - Evaluation Criteria

Rules for the Participants

a. Submit your entries as a participant through the "Submit your Essay" option on our website only. There is no charge for participation.

b. Please select any ONE of the 15 optional languages to write your essay. If you submit essays in multiple languages you will lose the eligibility to participate.

c. All entries must be on A4 size sheets. Essays may be handwritten in black or blue ink or computer typed in the relevant prescribed script for each language. Download Guidelines for Submission.

d. You will be required to fill a Participant Information Form with mandatory and optional fields.

e. You must conform to the authorized word limit for your category. Please mention the total number of words in your essay after the concluding paragraph.

f. The word limit for Category 1 is 500 and Category 2 is 750 and must be strictly adhered to.

g. Submitted entries must not bear any appeals, illustrations or slogans.

h. You have the option to carry out research on the theme as it is not an on- the- spot competition. However, all submitted stories must necessarily be your original work and references or quotations therein must be duly acknowledged. Plagiarism from books or internet will be viewed unfavorably.

i. The evaluation of all submitted entries will be carried out by a jury for each of the languages on the basis of the evaluation criteria.Download evaluation criteria.

j. To fulfill the purpose of this Event, the story must reflect your personal experience or be based on the experience of one of your close relatives, friends or associates which in some way also impacted or touched you. Stories based entirely on a narrative copied from books or internet will not be considered for recognition.

k. All awards will be subject to the sole discretion of the jury and their decision will be final.

l. The intent of the information provided in the English version of the Information Leaflet and flyer shall prevail over all other translated versions.

m. Checklist of documents before submission of the essay online.

I.Soft copy of your Age Proof. (pdf/jpg format) (Max size 1 mb)

II.Soft copy of your essay saved as a single PDF file. (Max size 3 MB)

n. Please make a note of your Enrollment no shared on the screen after you upload and submit essay for further reference.

Entries must be submitted by participants only on our website in the prescribed format by the given last date. Essays received through email or post will not be considered.


Awards and Recognitions

A Winner and a Runner- up in each of the 15 authorized languages in both the categories.

Winner Prize - 400 USD or equivalent.

Runner-up Prize - 300 USD or equivalent.

Certificates with Rank : Essays ranked from third to the tenth position in each of the 15 languages and both categories will be awarded mementoes and certificates stating the rank.

Merit Certificates : An E- Merit Certificate will be awarded to the 10% entries shortlisted by the jury for the final round of selection in each of the 15 languages for both the categories.

Certificate of Participation : E-certificates will be awarded to all participants who fulfill the participation criterion as per the guidelines.

Some participants may be required to undertake an interview by the jury on telephone or a video call as a final round of selection for the top awards. The jury will have the discretion to accept or disqualify any of the submitted essays and their decision will be final.

The certificates awarded will be signed by the President SRCM, and the Officer-In-Charge, UNIC for India and Bhutan.


Important Dates

Submissions Open

Last date for submission of entries

November 30,2021

Declaration of winners

January 26th, 2022

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