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For the 34th time, Finnish-British Society Helsinki, FINNBRIT, is organising the annual national English language writing competition for those students who started Lukio (upper secondary school) in 2017.


The date for the essay writing is either Wednesday 17 January or Thursday 18 January 2018. The essay topics are published on the FINNBRIT website on 17 January 2018 at 8:00 a.m.:

Only those students who started Lukio in 2017 can take part. The essay writing time is 90 mins. and the length of the essay should be 200-250 words (articles and prepositions count as words). The essay must be handwritten. Use of dictionaries or any other supporting material is not allowed. Each essay must contain the name and age of its writer and the full name of the school.


The panel of judges consists of representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, Helsinki University, the Association of Teachers of English in Finland, and FINNBRIT.


The first prize is 500€, which is to be put towards travelling to the UK (tickets refunded after purchase). The prizes for the 9 runners up are novels in English.


The deadline for submitting the essays is Friday 9 February 2018. Teachers should use their own judgement in selecting two essays per group or class (or two essays per approx. 25 students if there are many students not divided into groups or classes). Please do not send all the essays from the group or class you are teaching. The selected essays should be scanned and sent by email as pdf attachments to They can, if necessary, also be sent by post to Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, in which case early posting is required.


The prize winners will be announced on the FINNBRIT website by Friday 16 March 2018. The book prizes and certificates will be sent to each school. The winner of the first prize will be contacted through the school.

FINNBRIT reserves the right to publish the winner’s name, the name of the school, as well as the winning essay in its membership magazine:





Finnish-British Society Helsinki, FINNBRIT,  järjestää 34. kerran valtakunnallisen englanninkielisen kirjoituskilpailun vuonna 2017 lukion aloittaneille oppilaille.


Kirjoitus päivä on keskiviikko 17. tammikuuta tai torstai 18. tammikuuta 2018. Kirjoitusten aiheet julkaistaan FINNBRITIN kotisivulla 17. tammikuuta 2018 klo 8.00:

Kilpailuun voivat osallistua lukion vuonna 2017 aloittaneet oppilaat. Kirjoitusaika on 90 min ja aineen tulee olla 200-250 sanaa pitkä, artikkelit ja prepositiot sisältäen. Aine tulee kirjoittaa käsin. Sanakirjan tai muun materiaalin käyttö ei ole sallittua. Jokaiseen kirjoitukseen tulee lisätä kirjoittajan nimi ja ikä sekä koulun nimi.

Arvostelulautakuntaan kuuluu Opetushallituksen, Helsingin yliopiston, englannin kielen opettajien yhdistyksen ja Finnish-British Societyn edustajia.


Kilpailun pääpalkinto on 500€ Iso-Britannian matkaa varten (maksetaan kuittia vastaan). Muut yhdeksän palkintoa ovat englanninkielistä kirjallisuutta.

Kirjoitusten tulee olla perillä Finnbritissä pe 9.2.2018 mennessä. Opettaja valitsee oman harkintansa mukaisesti kaksi kirjoitusta jokaisesta ryhmästä (tai kaksi kirjoitusta jokaista n. 25 oppilasta kohden, jos oppilaita on paljon eikä ryhmiä tai luokkia ole käytössä). Koko ryhmän, luokan, tai koulun kirjoituksia ei pidä lähettää. Valitut kirjoitukset tulee lähettää sähköpostilla skannattuna osoitteeseen Ne voi lähettää myös postitse osoitteeseen Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, missä tapauksessa ne tulee laittaa postiin muutamaa päivää ennen määräaikaa.


Tiedot voittajista julkaistaan FINNBRITIN verkkosivulla viimeistään pe 16.3.2018. Todistukset ja kirjat toimitetaan voittajien kouluun. Pääpalkinnon voittajaan otetaan yhteyttä koulun kautta.

FINNBRIT pidättää itsellään oikeuden julkaista voittajan nimi, voittajan koulun nimi, sekä voittanut kirjoitus jäsenlehdessään:


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