Essay Competition

In recognition of Black History Month, Melanin Medics are pleased to announce the commencement of our annual essay competition. This essay prize gives undergraduate medical students and doctors the chance to write an in-depth piece on medicine and the African and Caribbean community. All are invited to answer the essay question in less than 1000 words. The shortlisted essays will be published on our website and the writer of the winning essay will be rewarded with a certificate and a cash prize.

The Question:

The year 2020 has seen the rise of a new pandemic in the form of COVID-19. It has also reminded us of another ongoing pandemic across the globe - systemic racism. Please reflect on how this year's events have affected the African and Caribbean community and how understanding this impact can improve our future medical practice.



  • First prize: £200 and certificate

  • Publication on Melanin Medics Website



Monday 26th October 2020 at 11:59pm

Who can enter?


​All medical students and doctors based in the United Kingdom

Essays will be submitted as a Microsoft Word document email attachment sent to 


The essay must be no more than 1000 words, any submissions longer than this will not be accepted.


Your covering e‐mail should include your full name, contact details, name of Medical School or Hospital Trust..


Essays will be marked for content, interest, structure and grammar. 


The entry must be well presented in MS Word format. Please include the essay title, your name, your medical school or hospital trust and the word count


Only one author per submission.

2020 Essay Competition Winner


Dr Melanie Etti​

Read the winning essay and shortlisted essays