Hannoversch-Britische Gesellschaft e.V.


HBG-Essay Prize

on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the

State of Lower Saxony

You are a pupil or student at a school in Hanover, Hanover Region or at a German School in Great Britain? You are in fifth Grade or older, but not older than 21 years of age? Write an English essay for us and win an ipad!


Tell us your thoughts on the following topic:

Keeping the light on: Our shared future as British-German Friends

How will we live as neighbours and friends in a modern Europe? What will our relations be like on a political, cultural, economic or personal level? What makes the British special for us, and why do we want to be special for the English, Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish? What are your experiences from youth exchanges, visits to Great Britain, English lessons in school? Who is your best friend across the Channel and why? Feel free to write what comes into your head - we'd love to read it!

Feel free to choose your literary genre:  Essay, reportage / coverage, literary form (prose, drama, verse) in English

Text Length: Write and send us one to two standard pages (3000 to 6000 characters including spaces)

Submission: Send your word file or pdf to hbg@catkuhlmann.com

Deadline: September 30, 2021

And then? A jury will look at your papers, and the winners will be invited to our Award Ceremony in November or December 2021


1. Prize:               Tablet / iPad worth 1.200 Euro plus 200 Euro book token

2. Prize:               Tablet / iPad worth 1.000 Euro plus 100 Euro book token

3. Prize:               ipad mini worth 700 Euro plus 50 Euro book token

4. - 10. Prize:      Books or book tokens (600 Euro in total)


Why are we doing this?

After the Second World War most of Northwest Germany lay within the British Zone of Occupation. In November 1946, the British military government issued a declaration by which the State of Lower Saxony, with its capital Hannover was founded. In 2021, the State of Lower Saxony holds its 75th jubilee.

At the same moment in history, the relationship between UK and its European neighbouring states is in the process of reorientation after Brexit as well as other issues and crises on a pan European and global level. The Hannover British Society, HBG, situated in the capital of Lower Saxony, is organising a writing contest for pupils to commemorate the British influence on the formation of the State, and, at the same time, the pupils are asked to contribute new ideas on the common future of British-German relations as neighbours and friends.



  • Pupils/ Students living in Hanover, Hanover Region or attending a German School in UK
  • From fifth grade onwards, max. 21 years of age