Planet Competitions

Planet Essay Competition 2020

We are happy to announce the launch of our 2020 Essay Competition and invite anyone under 30 to anonymously submit an essay.


  • £200
  • A year’s subscription or renewal
  • A range of 6 books* published by Planet
  • Publication of the winning essay in the November 2020 issue of Planet, which marks our 50th anniversary. Runners-up will receive a year’s subscription or renewal

The brief is extremely broad – the best guide for the kind of material we would be keen to publish is found in Planet itself. We would welcome creative and unconventional ways of exploring the essay form as well as a more traditional style. Planet features writing which is in-depth, yet sufficiently accessible for a non-specialist readership. What we are looking for most are lively, well-crafted essays which leave a lasting impression.

In order to maintain strict anonymity, we will not be able to answer any queries relating to the content of potential submissions.

Planet: the Welsh Internationalist is an English-language magazine which has been offering an independent approach to Wales and the world since 1970. Planet plays a vital role in Welsh culture and civil society and has three major roles which make it unique: bringing together writing on Wales and the rest of the world; bridging English and Welsh-speaking Welsh culture; and gathering together subjects as diverse as politics, the arts, social issues, literature, popular culture and the environment.


  • The winning submissions will be published in the November issue of the magazine, and published online 3 months afterwards on the Planet website
  • Word limit: 1,500-2,000 words
  • Deadline: 01/09/20
  • Panel: Planet staff
  • *Range of books are: The Breathing, Morgan Bible and Journal, My Neighbours, Sugar and Slate, The Red Jag and On a Bender

Submission instructions:

All entries should be submitted completely anonymously via post. Inside the envelope containing your submission, enclose a sealed envelope containing your name and contact details (i.e. email address, address or phone number).

Terms and conditions:

  • The author must be under 30 years of age on 01/11/20.
  • While we would welcome submissions on the topic of Welsh-language culture or politics, as in the magazine as a whole, all submissions should be in English.
  • While we would welcome approaches that bring in creative non-fiction elements like memoir, entries must be totally non-fictional.
  • All entries should be submitted completely anonymously. In order to maintain strict anonymity, we will not be able to answer any queries relating to the content of potential submissions.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Please note that Planet reserves the right not to award the prize.
  • The winning submissions will be edited along the same standards as other material we publish.
  • Entries must not have been published elsewhere.

Send to: Planet Essay Competition | PO Box 44 | Aberystwyth | SY23 3ZZ

Tweets about our previous winners and links to their essays

The winner of our 2019 competition subsequently won the PEN Wales Cymru Emyr Humphreys Award for his Planet essay!

You can read Mark's article here

You can read Rebecca's article here

'I was proud to win the Young Writers' Prize last year with a piece that I felt passionately about. I have now been offered a publishing deal on the back of Planet's award, for which I will always be grateful.'Siôn Tomos Owen, winner of our 2014 Young Writers' Prize (read his article here)

You can read Hannah's article here

You can read Miriam's article here

You can read Polly's article here

'Time and again the magazine has taken me upwards and outwards from the fulcrum of Wales to the furthest reaches of discussion and discovery.'Jan Morris

Planet is financially supported by the Books Council of Wales.