Skip to main content

We use cookies on this site to help us provide a better service. By navigating the site you are accepting the cookies
See our cookie policy for more details.

Check Permissions

Find out what can be copied, shared or re-used under your licence.

CLA's Copyright Essay Competition

The annual Copyright Essay Competition is a national competition for 16-19 year olds based in UK schools and colleges to write an essay around subjects concerning copyright and intellectual property. 

The essay competition not only gives students the opportunity to win a cash prize, but allows them to think critically about the relevant topic and provide a great asset to UCAS or employment application.

Read all about the 2020 Copyright Essay Competition here.

Copyright Essay Competition 2021

We invite students aged 16-19 to submit an essay in answer to the following question:

'Copyright only protects big companies' Discuss

How to enter

Entries should be 1,500 words MAX, and should include a word count, bibliography and references/footnotes. References will count towards the word total, but the bibliography will not. The text should be double spaced, in at least size 12 font.

Entries should be submitted by 11:59pm on 30th June 2021. For clarity, no essay received after this time for whatever reason will be accepted. Essays should be written as a word document, attached to an email, and sent to

Entrants need to include their name, date of birth and institution in the covering email.


2021 competition judges to be announced.

After 30th June 2021, a panel of judges will be invited to review the essays and the top three winning essays chosen.

The entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall knowledge and understanding of copyright and its impact on business
  • Use of evidence - it’s REALLY important to give facts!
  • Ability to offer a balanced essay
  • Ability to demonstrate a sustained and reasoned judgement
  • A logical structure and themed paragraphs
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation


The winning entry will receive a prize of £300.
Second and third place prizes will win £200 and £100 respectively.


For further information, please read the full 2021 Copyright Essay Competition guidelines

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact us


Image of first prize of £300 in a teal circle



More about the CLA Licence for schools including videos, FAQs, licence support materials and classroom resources.

Education Platform