The N-word has a checkered history dating back to the 17th century. More recently, its use has become prevalent in music, particularly gangsta rap, grime and some R&B, and has migrated into Britain, where it's mostly seen by some as part of 'ghetto' or 'street' language.

The arguments for and against the N-word use will be discussed at The N-Word & Insidious Racism debate on Saturday Oct. 14, 6-9pm. The results of the  We Should Not Use The N-Word BECAUSE... youth writing competition, will be announced on the same day. The short-listed entrants present will receive books and CDs, with the winners also bagging £50, £30 and £20 cash vouchers.

Fancy entering the competition? You can, so long as you're a UK resident, aged 13-17, and can write in NOT MORE THAN 150* words on the topic: 'We Should Not Use The N-Word BECAUSE...' 

Please click for N-Word Entry Form

1. Closing date for entries is Saturday September 30 2006
2. Each entry must include name, age, phone number, email and address of entrant, plus name of a parent or guardian
3. Entries must be emailed to, subject line: My N-Word Entry. Email is much preferred, or else, post to BTWSC, P O Box 14092, London NW10 1WL
4. By entering this competition, you give permission for BTWSC to use your entry and image in any way it sees fit to publicise the competition. This includes the right to publish entry on BTWSC's website or any other documents
5. All short-listed entrants will be invited to the award ceremony on

* BTWSC reserves the right to disqualify entries with total word count of over 150

Venue: Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2XF (Five minutes walk from Harrow & Wealdstone station or 5 minute ride on buses 140, 182, 258, 340 from Harrow On The Hill station)