We are happy to announce the launch of our 2020 Essay Competition and invite anyone under 30 to anonymously submit an essay.
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.
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).
Send to: Planet Essay Competition | PO Box 44 | Aberystwyth | SY23 3ZZ
The winner of our 2019 competition subsequently won the PEN Wales Cymru Emyr Humphreys Award for his Planet essay!
We are very happy to announce that Mark S. Redfern has won the Wales PEN Cymru Emyr Humphreys Award for his article 'When Vice Came to Swansea' which was our prize-winner in last year's Planet Essay Competition!
You can read Mark's article here
Thanks @Planet_TWI! Wrote a little something about Wales’ vision for the future, check it out if you’re in need of a little hope on this cold November day. https://twitter.com/rebecca_br0wn/status/1065224752997048322— Rebecca Brown (@rebecca_br0wn) November 21, 2018
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.