Deadline: 30 June, 2013
Open to: young people from all over the world
Prize: 1st Prize 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,140) and an invitation for a ceremony in Tokyo
The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are pleased to announce the The International Essay Contest for young people from all over the world. This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination 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.
“The Power of Culture to Create a Better Future”
Every part of the world has its own culture. Culture includes the arts, traditions and customs of a country or region, as well as the wisdom, values, lifestyles and trends of the people living there. In order to build a peaceful world, we need to acknowledge and respect each other’s cultures. What aspects of the culture in your country or region do you take pride in? How can youth make the most of them to create a better future?
Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2013) in one of the following age categories:
- Children (ages up to 14)
- Youth (ages 15 – 25)
- 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,140 as of January 2013)
- 2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$570)
- 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift
- Honorable mention: Certificate and gift
1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2013. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)
How to submit your essay?
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, 2013 (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 and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
Entries may be submitted by postal mail to:
International Essay Contest
c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
Entries must be received by June 30, 2013.
For further details visit the Official Website