The Goi Peace Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invite young people throughout the world to submit essays for the International Essay Contest for Young People. Entries are divided into two age categories for the awarding of prizes: up to 14 years and 15 - 25 years.
The competition’s theme is: "Creating the Future We Want: Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality."
First, second, and third place and honourable mention entries in each category will receive the following prizes: (1st) 100,000 Yen, (2nd) 50,000 Yen, and (3rd and honourable mention) certificates and gifts. Multiple prizes will be given in all but the first place category. The first place winner will be invited to Japan to receive the award; travel expenses are paid by the sponsors.
Click here to view guidelines and eligibility criteria and to access flyers in PDF format in Japanese, English, French, German, and Spanish.
Rules for the competition are:
- Essays must be 800 words or fewer, printed or typed in English, French, Spanish, or German.
- Each must include a cover page with the age category, title, name, address, telephone number, fax number, email address, nationality, age as of June 30 2012, gender, school name and grade, and word count.
- Entries must be submitted by post or online.
- Essays must be original and unpublished.
- Essays must be written by one person.
- Copyright of the essays will be assigned to the organisers.
Interested parties must send their submissions online through the contest website or to the postal address in the contact information below. (Email submissions are not accepted.)
Young People's Media Network website, and a press release from Jules Lamore on February 17 2012, and email from The Goi Peace Foundation to The Communication Initiative on March 8 2012.
Goi Peace Foundation/UNESCO International Essay Contest 2018 for Young People to travel to Japan
Application Deadline: June 15, 2018 (23:59 your local time).
The Goi Peace Foundation annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.
*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2018) in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
2. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.
3. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
Entries submitted by postal mail must include a cover page (free format) indicating
(1) category (Children or Youth) (2) your essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2018 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
* Goi Peace are unable to confirm receipt of essays.
Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.
If you have questions, please consult the FAQ section below.
The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
- 1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$880 as of January 2018) and gift … 1 entrant
- 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of January 2018) and gift … 2 entrants
- 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
- Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants
* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2018
and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
* Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2018 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2018.
* We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
For further inquiries concerning the International Essay Contest for Young People, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Goi Peace Foundation
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.
FELISSIMO CORPORATION, SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION
For More Information:Visit the Official Webpage of the Goi Peace Foundation/UNESCO International Essay Contest 2018