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MRC Writing Competition “What Does the Mekong Mean to You?”

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15th Feb 2018

   What does the Mekong mean to you?

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is organizing a writing competition and inviting you to submit a short entry that depicts what the Mekong River means to you as an individual or a citizen of a Mekong country. 

This competition is organized to celebrate our 3rd Mekong River Commission Summit on 4 April and Mekong Day on 5 April this year and will reflect how important the Mekong River is to us all. That is why we would love to hear your unique voice. 

   What type of entry are we looking for?

We are looking for a short entry of a few sentences long (maximum 60 words) that tells us your connection with the River and its importance to you – the Mekong River and you.

You may look for the connection in many ways. These may include: use of the Mekong and its tributary water and natural resources (i.e. domestic water supply, irrigation, fishing, farming, flood control, hydropower generation, river transport, and tourism); ecosystems; infrastructure development; and more.


    • 1st best entry (1st prize): $300 in cash, plus certificate
    • 4 highly rated entries: $50 in cash each, plus certificate

The winners may be invited to the MRC International Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 2-3 April 2018. Winning entries will be displayed at this International Conference and the Mekong Day, presented to leaders of the Mekong Countries at the 3rd MRC Summit, and featured in other products of the MRC. 


    • You must be a citizen and resident of one of the MRC’s member countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam) to enter the contest. There is no age limit.
    • Employees and immediate family members of the MRC and its member countries’ national Mekong committees are not eligible to enter the contest.

   Submission and requirement:

    • The entry must be original, previously unpublished, and up to 60 words long in a few sentences. Any entries with more than 60 words will be disqualified.
    • The entry must be written in clear, concise English. It may also be written in either Khmer, Laotian, Thai or Vietnamese.
    • Any entries containing vulgarity or obscenity will be disqualified.
    • All selections by the judges will be final and not subject to appeal.
    • Submissions are accepted until 15 March 2018. You must send your completed application form (downloadable below) by completing your entry inside the form to

   Result announcement

    • The winners are expected to be announced before the end of March on the MRC’s official Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. We will also communicate the result by email.  

   More information

If you have any question and can’t find the answer on this page, drop us a line at, or call our office at +856-21-263263. 

The writing competition poster and application form in different local languages are downloadable below.

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