International Essay Contest For Young People

Deadline:  30 June, 2011
Open to: Young people around the world
Award: 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200),  2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600), 3rd Prize:Certificate and gift


Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2011 International Essay Contest organized by UNESCO and the Goi Peace Foundation.

Many people experience inner change that motivates them to create a better world. Share your story of inspiration that has affected your life and changed you to make a change in the world.


  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2011) in one of the following age categories
    a) Children (ages up to 14)
    b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  • Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed
  • Essays must have a cover page indicating
    (1) category (Children or Youth)
    (2) essay title
    (3) your name
    (4) address
    (5) phone number
    (6) e-mail
    (7) nationality
    (8) age as of June 30, 2011
    (9) gender
    (10) school name (if applicable)
    (11) word count
  • Essays must be original and unpublished
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director. Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.

Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.

IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration pageHERE (for individuals) or HERE (for schools or organizations) and follow the required steps

Postal Adress
International Essay Contest c/o
The Goi Peace Foundation 1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0093 Japan


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200) … 1 entrant

2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600) … 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 in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2011. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2011 on the Goi Peace Foundation WEBSITE

Deadline: 30 June, 2011

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