Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition 2024

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Every year since 1971, the Universal Postal Union, the United Nations specialized agency for postal services, has held an International Letter Writing Competition for Young People. Millions of youths around the world have participated in the competition, practicing the valuable art of letter-writing by expressing their thoughts on topics and issues that concern the world at large.

Despite living in a digital age, learning how to express oneself properly through the written word is an ability that every young person should nurture to grow personally and prepare for the future. By participating in this competition, you help us advocate for goal four on “Quality Education” under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, please consult the following website: https://sdgs.un.org/goals

Theme: 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.”

Benefits of UPU International Letter-Writing Competition

  • The top three international prize-winners will receive a beautiful medal (gold, silver or bronze) bearing their name, or a certificate (honourable mentions).
  • The UPU also arranges for the gold-medal winner a trip to attend a special awards ceremony at the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, in honour of their achievement. Transport and accommodation costs will be paid for the winner and the accompanying adult.
  • The runners-up and national winners will generally receive their prize at ceremonies held in their home countries on World Post Day – 9 October – the anniversary of the founding of the UPU.

Requirements for UPU International Letter-Writing Competition

  • Only young participants from 9 to 15 years may take part in the annual competition.

Selection Process


  • Compositions must be in the form of a letter and contain the elements of a letter (heading, greeting, body, complimentary close, signature line and postscript (optional).
  • Entries must adhere strictly to the theme and not exceed 800 words in the original language.
  • Submitted letters must be accompanied by a cover letter, entry form and high quality picture of the winner.

Application Deadline

May 5, 2024

How to Apply

For more details,visit UPU website

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