HPNLU National Essay Writing Competition


Particulars of Event:

The Debating and Literary Society at HPNLU is pleased to announce its First National HPNLU Essay Writing Competition. HPNLU shall be obliged by the participation of each & every individual. We invite everyone with innovative ideas to participate in this event.

About the Competition

First National Essay Competition, 2018 being organised by HPNLU, is an attempt to provide a platform to all the students throughout the nation to exchange ideas, provide unconventional arguments, inspire change and grow together.

The theme of the competition is: Privacy in the Socio-legal and Cultural Milieu.

Further sub-theme may be crafted by participants.



  1. The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in any discipline in a recognized University/ College/ Institute in India.
  1. Only one submission per author shall be entertained.
  1. Co-authorship is not permitted.


Guidelines for Submission

  1. The essays must be submitted in English only.
  2. The essays should be the original work of the authors. Any kind of plagiarism will lead to disqualification.
  3. The essays published elsewhere or selected/submitted for publication elsewhere shall be disqualified.
  4. The name of the author should not be mentioned anywhere in the essay.
  5. The word limit for the essay is up to 5000 words, including footnotes.
  6. The essay should be typed in: Times New Roman, Font Size 12 and Line Spacing 1.5.
  7. The footnotes must be typed in: Times New Roman, Font Size 10 and Line Spacing 1.
  8. The margins should be 1” or 2.54 cm on all sides.
  9. All text should be justified.
  10. Every citation must follow the Harvard Bluebook, 20th Edition.


Submission Procedure

  1. The essays must be sent by email to with the subject ‘1st HPNLU

Essay Competition, 2018.

  1. The body of the e-mail must specify the name of the author and institute.
  1. The essay may be attached in ‘.doc’ or ‘.docx’ format only.
  1. The participants are required to send the following details in a separate word document attached to the e-mail:
  • Title of the Essay:
  • Name of the Author :
  • College/ Institute/ University of the Author :
  • Programme Enrolled & Year of Study of the Author:
  • E-mail address & Contact No. of Author:

Every participant is required to fill the registration form and submit the registration fee. Students whose registration fee is not received will be disqualified for the competition.

Important Rules

  1. All original essays submitted for this competition shall become the sole property of Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla ("HPNLU"). HPNLU shall have the right to publish the entries in the form of a journal or a book.
  1. A Panel of Evaluators ("Panel") shall be constituted to select the winning entries. The decision of the Panel shall be final and binding.
  1. The debating society possesses the right to reject entries which do not conform to the Guidelines for Submission.
  1. The society has the absolute rights to cancel, defer, or postpone indefinitely, the competition in the event of the accruing of any incident, natural or man-made.
  1. In case of any dispute, decision of the society shall be final and binding.
  1. Any attempt, direct or indirect, to contact the panel of judges will be met with the immediate disqualification of the relevant entry.
  1. The registration fee for the competition is Rs. 350/- to be deposited in the Account No- 14100110051955


IFS Code- UCBA0001410

Bank- UCO Bank

Account Name- Registrar, Seminar and Conference

Branch- Halog, Dhami.


  1. Rs. 2500 + certificate of merit.
  1. Rs. 2000 + certificate of merit.
  1. 1000 + certificate of merit.
  1. All other participants will get an e-certificate of participation.
  1. Top 10 entries will be published on our webpage.

Marking Criteria


The following are the criteria for marketing and the marks allowed to each category


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Marking Criteria


Marks Allocation














Overall subjective evolution
















Issues covered and ingenuity of ideas
















Flow and structure of essay
















Legal content and use of authorities,








references etc.












































Date of Announcement:

21th June, 2018.

Last Date for Submission of Essays:

8th September, 2018.


31st October, 2018.

For any Further Details or Clarification:


  1. Write us at in case of queries.


  1. You may also reach us through the phone.


Convener: Priya Sharma +91 8219819141,

Co-convenor: Yugank Goyal +91 7837971999,

Member : Subham Saurabh +91 7275762661,


Google form for Registration (Please attach the screenshot of your successful transaction)


Event Type :Essay Writing Competition

Venue: Shimla , Himachal Pradesh , India


Event Date : 08-09-2018

Organiser Details:

Organiser ( Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla )

Contact Person : Priya Sharma

Mobile : +91 8219819141

Email :