The decision of the judges is final as relating to all contest matters.

Address the topic

Essay addresses the topic competently.


Essay is focused and purposeful.

Statement of the main idea

Main idea is stated clearly.

Discussion and support

Essay discusses the topic and supports the main idea.

Considerable research

Essay is based on a considerable research.


Essay displays an eloquent style in terms of sentence structure and word choice.


Use of language is proper in terms of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.


Essay is well organized in terms of transition and paragraph order.

It is between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length.


References are proper and adequate, and indicated in a bibliography.


Overall, the essay is original.

Note: The Gulen Institute realizes that native speakers of English have an advantage in this contest, but we do not want to discourage contributions from around the world.  Therefore, essays from non-native speakers will be judged more leniently as regards grammar, although all students will be held to the same standards of research and argumentation.