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Great Student Writing Program

What is the GSWP? 


The Great Student Writing Program (GSWP) is a series of competitions run by the Sustainability Ambassadors Writers Group for students in grades 6-12. These competitions challenge students to write about topics in the realm of sustainability through open-ended questions. Student entries are then judged by writers in the SAWG. After judging, results of the competition are published on SA’s website and all participants are provided comprehensive feedback.

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Summer 2021 Theme:

What is the most immediate action that needs to be taken to achieve a sustainable future?

Submission Guidelines


We will accept submissions from students in grades 6-12 until 11:59 PM on August 30. All work must be completely your own. Be creative with the format! Your writing will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Addresses a Sustainable Systems theme or topic

  • Evidence of personal engagement and social value

  • Proofread to perfection

Take a look at the rubric for more information and submit your piece in the form linked below when you're ready. Submissions will be judged by members of the SAWG. Meet them here.

We can't wait to read your writing!

Sample Writing

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Biology Research Paper

Carbon Emissions and Life Expectancy

Heera Rajavel

Class of 2020

Skyline High School,

Issaquah School District

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United for
Climate Action

Mahathi Mangipudi

Class of 2021

Interlake High School,

Bellevue School District

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the City of Kirkland

Nicholas Wegener

Class of 2024

Northstar Middle School,

Lake WA School District