Mar 10, 2019

David W. Smith Memorial Prize Essay Competition by the Royal Geographical Society (supported by Routledge Publishers)

  • Crimson Education
  • United Kingdom
Multiple Competition


The Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) runs an annual essay competition in memory of David W. Smith. 

Year 12 students from across the UK are invited to write an essay of up to 1500 words on the following title:

In reference to one city in the Global South, investigate and evaluate in what ways different groups make claims to public spaces?

The prize is £100 voucher from Routledge Publishers. 

DARG will not be running an essay competition in 2020, but will be looking to reinstate the competition in 2021. Details will be posted here in due course.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range


Application Deadline

Competition is not being held in 2020, but dates for 2021 are TBA

Application Process Includes

Please submit your essays (and any questions) to

Please include your name, school and contact details with your essay. Your teacher must confirm that the essay is your own work. Essays should be word processed and 1.5 spaced. The word count does not include the reference list.