Call for Essays – Student Writing Contest


NAPA Second Biennial Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 College and University Students' Essay Writing Contest. A full-time student enrolled in a college, including community or vocational college, and/or university around the globe pursuing a degree in agricultural or allied field is eligible to participate.

Essay Topic: "Making the choice: feeding the world through agricultural innovation and transformation in 21st century"

General guidelines:

  • The essay should be written in English language.
  • The essay must be author’s original work and should be attested by inserting a statement followed by author’s full name.
  • The essay should follow the standard academic essay structure and format that includes a concise abstract followed by an introduction with a thesis statement(s) along with logically organized body of supporting arguments using headings/sub-headings leading to a conclusion(s) and future prospective.
  • The essay can be developed based on student’s own experience, online research, and scientific literature review.
  • Appropriate credits must be given to the work of others through appropriate citation. The essay will be disqualified for the competition if any evidence of plagiarism is established. The committee strongly discourages plagiarism of any form and advises students to avoid engaging in such activity.
  • The essay should include a complete list of references cited in the reference section. The references should be formatted using APA style (
  • The essay should not exceed 3,000 words, excluding footnotes, tables, figures, and references.  The texts should be formatted double-spaced, and 12-point font size. Margin should be 2.5 cm (1 inch) on all sides.
  • The essay should have author’s name, affiliated college and/or university, degree program, mailing address, and email ID.  A proof of student status is required (e.g., student ID card with an expiration date or unofficial transcript or a letter from the college or university certifying the student status).
  • A pdf or word copy of the essay must be uploaded online at:    The pdf or word file should be named “NAPA_2020_SWC_STUDENT FULL NAME_COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY NAME”. The deadline for submission is February 29th, 2020.
  • Only one essay can be submitted per contestant.
  • The results of the writing contest will be announced during the first week of April 2020.
  • The first, second, and third place winners will be awarded with a certificate and cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100, respectively at NAPA Second Biennial Conference on May 22-24, 2020 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1325 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344, USA. Winners are encouraged (but not required) to be present at the award ceremony.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Dr. Bharat Pokharel, Chair, 2020 Student Writing Contest Sub-committee at