The LEAF Academy Essay Competition is open to all Slovak students aged 14 to 19. The competition has been organized along with the Bridge – English Language Center, Martinus bookstore, The SCELT, Growni, IAMbitious, and The Slovak Spectator.


All the first three winning places in every category will be awarded by our prizes! The winners can look forward to:

  • Book vouchers and merch from Martinus 
  • Publishing of your essay in The Slovak Spectator online magazine
  • Mentoring and /or workshop sessions within GROWNi 
  • Merch pack from LEAF Academy


Category A – students of 8th and 9th grades of Primary schools + students of Year 1 and Year 2 of Secondary schools:

  • Is it possible to have a life without social media at this time?
  • Does fashion help us to define and show who we are and what we do?
  • Are printed books better than e-readers? Why?

Category B – students of Year 3 and Year 4 of Secondary schools 

  • Is climate change the most serious threat to the world?
  • Do our schools today adequately prepare students for the real world?
  • Is dating a thing of the past?

Category C – anglophone students (students of bilingual secondary schools and students of any year who studied at English school abroad)

  • Will artificial intelligence help the world or hurt it?
  • Do movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo promote inclusiveness and awareness or division and inequality?
  • Are we losing the art of listening?


Essays should be submitted in accordance with the Essays SpecificationsRead the Essays Specifications.


All entries will be judged by an independent committee comprising representatives from the SCELT – Slovak Chamber of English Language Teachers, the Bridge – English language center, and the Department of British and American Studies at Comenius University. The jury will also ensure that submitted essays are original works.


  • Competition opened: October 26, 2021
  • Competition closed: December 16, 2021
  • Entrants were informed of the outcome: till the end of January 2022
  • Prize-giving ceremony: February 2022 

All students from 8th grade to any other grade of a high school (bilingual schools included) can apply to the Essay Competition, according to the category they belong to. Every student applies by himself/herself by filling the application, no action from the teacher is needed.

An essay is one of the most common short formal pieces of writing that you can come across at school.

Watch the video (in Slovak) will help you to learn what are the most frequent mistakes while writing an essay, and how to avoid them.


Have a look at the examples of the essays below in the section WINNERS OF THE ESSAY COMPETITION 2021.


To enter the competition, submit us your essay before December 16, 2022. 


The contact person is Andrea Pěchová, tel. number +421 918 991 129, email


Category A:
Students of 8th and 9th grades of Primary schools + students of Year 1 and Year 2 of Secondary schools

1st place: Patrícia Melová, Gymnázium Jana Matúška, Galanta – Read the Essay
2nd place: Viktoria Švecová, Gymnázium sv. Vincenta de Paul, Levice – Read the essay
3rd place: Anna Samseliová, Gymnázium bl. Biskupa Gojdiča, Prešov – Read the Essay
4th-6th place: Alexander Hrabovský, Evanjelické kolegiálne gymnázium, Prešov & Barbora Čierniková, SŠ Novohradská, Bratislava & Katarína Karovičová, 1. súkromné gymnázium v Bratislave, Bratislava

Category B:
Students of Year 3 and Year 4 of Secondary schools

1st place: Zuna Hochelová, Gymnázium Grösslingova, Bratislava – Read the Essay
2nd place: Šimon Kéry, Gymnázium Jana Krála, Zlaté Moravce – Read the Essay
3rd place: Viktória Lešová, Gymnázium Ľ. Štúra, Michalovce – Read the Essay
3rd place: Alexandra Špániková, Gymnázium Veľká okružná, Žilina – Read the Essay

Category C:
Anglophone students (students of bilingual secondary schools and students of any year who studied at English school abroad)

1st place: Adam Zoltán Anderko, Bilingválne gymnázium P.J.Šafárika, Rožňava – Read the Essay
2nd place: Lucia Dutková, Spojená škola Novohradská, Bratislava – Read the Essay
3rd place: Natália Martončíková, Evanjelické  Gymnázium Jána Amosa Komenského, Košice – Read the Essay
3rd place: Sarah Krupšová, Evanjelické Gymnázium Jána Amosa Komenského, Košice – Read the Essay

 LIVE CEREMONY OF English Essay Competition

Three months after the launch of the English Essay Writing Competition, LEAF Academy was delighted to invite the participants and their supporters to the award-giving ceremony, hosted by Andrea Pěchová, and Sofia Mardzinová, a teacher and a student of LEAF Academy. The live ceremony happened online on February 11, 2021. You can watch to speeches by the judges, getting to know the winners of each of the 3 categories, and enjoy the musical performances of the students from LEAF Academy. Watch this special event from the comfort of your home…

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