News and publications News & Blog 13,000 reasons for a better future We are excited to announce that judging is now complete and certificates are available to download at competitions.thercs.org! Congratulations to all who entered. With nearly 13,000 entries from across the Commonwealth, our judges and Final Panel were greatly impressed by the calibre of entries. Our Senior Panel this year consisted of author Anthony Horowitz, poet and author Sia Fiegel, and author Wendy Holden; chaired by Dr. Paul Edmondson. “I read over eighty essays and I was struck by the extraordinary variety, the high quality of the writing (there wasn’t a single weak entry) […] There was a sense that these young writers, inspired by Greta Thunberg, are not only aware of the global challenges that they face but are more prepared to tackle them than my own generation. With everything that 2020 has thrown at us, it’s hard to be forward-looking and positive. The joy of these essays was that so many of them were.” Anthony Horowitz L-R Paul Edmondson, Sia Fiegel, Wendy Holden and Anthony Horowitz (photo by Jan Cartwright) “Each entry was engaging and showed a strong sense of awareness of our collective responsibility towards the environment...Powerful, moving, inspiring these works reflected not only a confidence in the possibilities of change but an advent hope for humanity.” Sia Figiel Our Junior Panel this year consisted of author and poet Suli Breaks, journalist and former MP Matthew Parris, and author Zalika Reid-Benta; chaired by Vicky Weinand. “I was astonished at the eloquence, the passion and the anxiety in this year's essays. Anyone who doubts whether the message on climate change has got through to the young can be assured: juniors across the Commonwealth are worried stiff." Matthew Parris L-R Zalika Reid-Benta, Matthew Parris, Suli Breaks and Vicki Wienand “It is a rare privilege to be able to read creative and insightful essays submitted by youth from many different countries. The selected pieces showcased imagination, originality and most of all, heart and it was an absolute pleasure to read such impressive and inspired work.” Zalika Reid-Benta Both panels convened at the end of September to decide the winner and runner-up in each category from the Gold Finalist awarded entries. Thank you for your continued interest in the Competition. We look forward to sharing the winning pieces with you at the Award Ceremony on 20th November and details of the 2021 Competition in due course. Once again, congratulations!