Essay Competition

Call for Submissions: Alumni Essay Competition 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking submissions for the fourth Germany Close Up Alumni Essay Competition.

The topic for this year’s competition is:

From Generation to Generation: Encountering Germany

The author of the winning submission will receive a week-long trip to Germany with the person of their choice. Germany Close Up will cover the travel and accommodation costs of this trip.

The winner will be announced and presented on December 3 at our 10 year anniversary celebration in New York. Travel and accommodation expenses for the winner to this event will be covered by Germany Close Up.
Please send your contributions of around 2,000 words to office[at] Close of submissions is Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Please note that this competition is open only to Germany Close Up alumni.

Previous Essay Competitions

In 2014, Germany Close Up ran its third alumni essay competition. Alumni were asked to submit a 2000 word essay on the topic of 'My Own Private Germany: Conflicts, Confusion, Conclusions.' 

The judging panel comprised seven individuals: Dr. Dagmar Pruin, Germany Close Up Program Director; Susanne Kleinpoppen, Ministry for Economics and Technology; Henning Speck, Chief of Staff, Office of the Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office; Dr. Hermann Simon, Director, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation; Dr. Irit Dekel, Lecturer for Sociology at the Humboldt University, Berlin and Bard College, Berlin; Hildegart Stellmacher, Board Member, Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V.; Prof. Dr. Karin Johnston, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.

First place was awarded to Avi Colonomos, second place to Will Trichon, and third place to David Puterman. Their essays can be found below.

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