First prize £250 - Essay Competition - 1 week to go



One week to Go! Essay competition closes Friday 21st May


Students of A-Level History, Government and Politics and Economics in Northern Ireland are invited to submit an essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words in response to the following title:

Was the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921 a surprising outcome to the Third Home Rule crisis?

Prizes will be awarded to the top three successful entries: £250 1st prize, £150 2nd prize and £100 3rd prize. There will also be a £100 prize awarded to the teacher of the 1st prize student.


In March, HTANI in collaboration with the Centenary Historical Advisory Panel announced an Essay Competition that is open to all students of A-Level History, Government and Politics and Economics in Northern Ireland.


The aim of this competition is to ensure that students across Northern Ireland are offered this unique opportunity to utilise their skills to analyse the historical background to the formation of Northern Ireland, through delving deeper into this topic in a way that enhances their factual knowledge of this period and engages fully with the wider historical context.


Deadline extension

In light of this term's exam requirements and new assessment procedures, a significant number of teachers have asked if their students can be provided with more time to submit their essays for this competition. Having taken on board this feedback from schools, the HTANI have agreed to extend the deadline for submitting competition entries to 17.00 on Monday 21st May 2021. Find out more about the competition and entry requirements in our Essay Competition and Terms and Conditions pages.


Prize winners will be invited along with their subject teacher to be awarded their prizes at an event in June 2021.The winning essays will be shared on the HTANI website to celebrate and highlight the importance of fresh perspectives on past events.

This student opportunity has been made possible by the HTANI’s collaboration with the History Advisory Panel, and supported by the Northern Ireland Office.

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