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"Why is the study of history important?" is the question posed in a new essay writing competition launched in the October issue of BBC History Magazine. Directed at Higher Still pupils aged between 14-18 years old, the prize is pound;1,000 and a Hewlett Packard multimedia PC for the winner's school.

Magazine editor Greg Neale says: "It will encourage students to develop their writing skills and to construct substantial analytical arguments - both vital for success in history examinations."

The essays should notexceed 2,000 words and will be judged by a panel comprising an examiner, a BBC History Magazine adviser and Mr Neale.

As well as the main prize there is a runner-up prize of pound;500 and Hewlett Packard school equipment, plus a separate prize of pound;250 and Hewlett Packard school equipment for the Standard grade student who submits the best essay on the same subject.

Send entries, no later than January 31, 2001 to BBC History Magazine Essay Writing Competition, Room A1004, 80 Wood Lane, London W12 0TT.

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