8th Erasmus+ competition: My Special Person – Our Story

It was great to have so many entries but even harder to make a decision. From the 158 entries the jury has now selected the best texts.

The winners will be announced at the EVS-Future-Conference on the 21th October 2016.

Members of the jury were Frank Peil (YOUTH for Europe), Daniela Korden (youthreporter.eu), Britta Berdin (youthreporter.eu), Karoline Becker (youthreporter.eu) and Michael Sachse (Journalist).

This was the Announcement for the competition entries:

Was there someone who supported you before, during or after your placement? Who was always there to listen to you? Why not take part and write a report, essay or feature and include some pictures? You could interview the person or write a letter to them. Did meeting them open up a new perspective or new questions for you? What stories and experiences do you share? We want to hear what you have to say about "My Special Person – Our Story", what your special person means to you and how you met.
How to enter
Between 1 October 2015 and 29 February 2016 you could upload your entry on youthreporter.eu.
Ratings for entries can be submitted up until 31 March 2016. The entry with most positive ratings will win a people’s choice award.

The final winners will be chosen by an independent jury in April 2016 and the jury’s decision will be announced afterwards.

The total prize value is 2,500 euros.


1st place: 800 euros
2nd place: 600 euros
3rd place: 500 euros
4th place: 300 euros

People’s choice prize: 300 euros for the entry with most positive ratings.

The deadline for submissions was 29 February 2016

Who could take part?

The competition was open to young people between the ages of 13 and 30 from all over Europe. We would love to hear from you if, for example, you’re on placement abroad with the Erasmus+ programme (or have been in the past) or participated in a youth exchange programme, the European Voluntary Service or a different project. School pupils and students in higher education who are on placement with Erasmus+ or have been in the past are also welcome to take part.

Writing Competition

Interview, essay or report – it’s completely up to you and your imagination. You could  upload your entry in the "Competition 2015" section of "Myouthreporter" until 29 February 2016.

Your written entry

You should have written the entry yourself – in German or English. It should be between 400 and 4,000 characters long (including spaces).
It does not matter whether the text is brand new or whether you have published it previously but entries that have been submitted in past competitions on  youthreporter.eu are not allowed.


You could upload one or two photos (2MB max.) to accompany your entry. They must be photos that you took, i.e. the rights must belong to you. Using other persons’ photos is not allowed.