Mongolia

Country Profile

  • Peace Corps Country: 1991 – Present
  • Write On! Competition participant: 2011 – Present
  • 2 International Winners
  • Creative writing tip: It is important for students to make an outline when writing an essay. This allows them to brainstorm and then focus on the writing process.
  • Fun Fact: In the winter you will find vendors on the street selling ice cream just from paper boxes. No need for a freezer at -30°C.
  • Write On! initiatives: Get more involvement from our Mongolian Counterparts, as well as student involvement. I want a Mongolian to help with more of the planning portion of this competition next year.  We have doubled in PCV involvement this year so we should also double in Counterpart involvement, as well as community involvement.
  • Contact the national coordinators at: writeonmongolia@gmail.com

2017 National Winners

  • 6th Form | Darkhan
    “What would life be like if you were the size of an ant?”
  • 7th Form | Bayanhongor
    “You’re leaving on a spaceship and you can only bring two items. Which two do you bring and why?”
  • 8th Form | Uvs
    “If you could speak to animals what would they say to you? What would you do with this gift?”
  • 9th Form | Khentii
    “How would life be different if there was no land, only water?”
  • 10th Form | Bayan Olgiy
    “You are watching TV one day and see that your face is on the news. The news anchor is saying your name, and that you are wanted by the police! You’re getting very confused when, suddenly, an identical version of you appears in your doorway!”
  • 11th Form | Khovd
    “If you could switch lives with a famous person for one day who would you choose?”
  • 12th Form | Selenge
    “You are studying very hard one night when you hear a knock on your door. You open it and are surprised to see yourself standing there looking back at you with a very serious expression. The other you says, “Listen, I know this is going to seem weird, but I had to come back in time to tell you this.” What happens next?”
  • 1st Year University | Khovd
    “Describe a world where everyone has to tell the truth and no one is able to lie.”
  • 2nd Year University | Bayan Olgiy
    “You and your three closest friends decide to go camping. You arrive and set up camp nearly three miles away from where you left your car. Late that evening, as you sit around the campfire roasting marshmallows, one of your friends reveals a deep dark secret that turns what was to be a fun weekend into one of the scariest weekends of your life.”
  • 3rd Year University | Erdenet
    “Every morning, a bird lands on your window and pecks at the glass. It is your alarm clock. One morning, it doesn’t appear. Instead, there is a note. What does it say? What happens next?”
  • 4th Year University | Darkhan
    “You have every world leader in a room with you for one hour. What do you tell them?”
  • Professional | Erdenet
    “You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late.”

2016 National Winners

  • 6th Form 
    “You can have a door in your room that opens anywhere. Where would it open and why?”
  • 7th Form
    “You can have a door in your room that opens anywhere. Where would it open and why?”
  • 8th Form 
    “You can go back to any time in history. What time would you go to? What would you do there?”
  • 9th Form 
    “What’s behind the door? Why is it closed?”
  • 10th Form  
    “You have invented something that will change the world. What is it? How does it work?”
  • 11th Form 
    “You can become a character in any television show, but you can never come back to the real world. Would you do it? What show would you enter? Why?”
  • 12th Form
    “You, the captain of a large ship, are heading towards an island. On your ship is a crew of eight sailors. Once you are a hundred miles from the island, your ship hits a rock and can now only support you and two other sailors. How do you convince six sailors to jump ship?”
  • 1st Year University 
    “There are two boxes in a room. Inside one box is the best thing in life, inside the other box, the worst. What is in each of the two boxes? Describe them.”
  • 2nd Year University 
    “You find a book in the library that has no writing in it. But when you speak, writing appears on the pages to reply to you. What do you talk about?”
  • 3rd Year University 
    “Respond to the quote: ‘Comparison is the death of joy’”
  • 4th Year University | International Winner
    “One day you were driving your car when you avoided hitting a squirrel on the road. Unknown to you, the squirrel pledged to save your life. Now, in your time of need, the squirrel arrives. What happens?
  • Professional 
    “As you die, you travel down the bright tunnel and then everything turns black. That’s when you hear it: “Greetings, Prisoner 11384. You have served your sentence. You are free to go.” What happens next?”

2015 National Winners

  • 6th FormZavkhan
    “You can live under the sea, in the jungle, or on a cloud for the rest of your life. Which do you choose and why?”
  • 7th Form | Dornod
    “You wake up one morning and realize that you grew wings overnight. What do you decide to do for the day?”
  • 8th Form | Dornod
    “If you could be famous for one thing, what would you be famous for?  Why do you want to be famous for that thing?”
  • 9th Form | Khovd
    “You have a time machine that will only work once. What will you do with it?”
  • 10th Form | Zavkhan 
    “You wake up to find a key under your pillow. What does it unlock?”
  • 11th Form | Dornod
    “You snap your fingers once and your best friend appears beside you. You snap your fingers again and you are both transported to your favorite place. What happens when you snap your fingers again?”
  • 12th Form | Gobi-Altai
    “Describe what it feels like to be a falling raindrop in a thunderstorm.”
  • 2nd Year University | Orkhon 
    “You are in charge of creating a new custom for your country. Explain your choice using specific reasons and examples.”
  • 3rd Year University | Orkhon 
    “You went to sleep one night like usual, but when you wake up, you aren’t at home. You’re in a car (that isn’t yours), wearing clothes (that aren’t yours), and holding a bag full of money. What happens next?”
  • 4th Year University | Dornod 
    “If you could meet with any world leader for one day, who would it be and what would you talk to them about?”
  • Professional | Orkhon
    “A scientist shows you his latest invention: a machine that lets you create your own dream world. If you are hooked up to the machine, you will fall asleep and dream that you are in your ideal world, but you will never wake up. The scientist gives you the chance to use his machine. Do you use it? Why or why not?”

2013 National Winners

2011 National Winners

  • 9th Form | International Winner
    “If you could fill the night sky with something other than stars and planets, what would it be and why?”

2016 National Winners

  • 6th Form |
    “You can have a door in your room that opens anywhere. Where would it open and why?”
  • 7th Form
    “Would you rather explore space or the oceans? Why?”
  • 8th Form |
    “You can go back to any time in history. What time would you go to? What would you do there?”
  • 9th Form
    “What’s behind the door? Why is it closed?”
  • 10th Form
    “You have invented something that will change the world. What is it? How does it work?”
  • 11th Form |
    “You can become a character in any television show, but you can never come back to the real world. Would you do it? What show would you enter? Why?”
  • 12th Form
    “You, the captain of a large ship, are heading towards an island. On your ship is a crew of eight sailors. Once you are a hundred miles from the island, your ship hits a rock and can now only support you and two other sailors. How do you convince six sailors to jump ship?”
  • 1st Year University |  
    “There are two boxes in a room. Inside one box is the best thing in life, inside the other box, the worst. What is in each of the two boxes? Describe them.”
  • 2nd Year University |  
    “You find a book in the library that has no writing in it. But when you speak, writing appears on the pages to reply to you. What do you talk about?”
  • 3rd Year University
    “Respond to the quote: “Comparison is the death of joy””
  • 4th Year University
    “One day you were driving your car when you avoided hitting a squirrel on the road. Unknown to you, the squirrel pledged to save your life. Now, in your time of need, the squirrel arrives. What happens?”
  • Professional | 
    “As you die, you travel down the bright tunnel and then everything turns black. That’s when you hear it: “Greetings, Prisoner 11384. You have served your sentence. You are free to go.” What happens next?”
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