2018 International Essay Contest for Young People


15th June 2018

Who may enter
The contest is open to anyone up to 25 years old.

This annual essay contest is organised by the Goi Peace Foundation.

This year's theme is “The Change I Want to Make”.

What is the one thing you would like to change the most to make your school, workplace, community, country or the world a better place? How would you bring about that change? Please share your concrete ideas.

Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title.

Essays must be original and unpublished.

Essays may be submitted  in one of the following age categories:
• Children (ages up to 14)
• Youth (ages 15 - 25)

Be inspired by the past winners.

Entry fees
Entry is free.

The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category:
• 1st prize (1): certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $880)
• 2nd prize (2): certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US $440)
• 3rd prize (5): certificate and gift

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).

Please visit www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest to learn more about the competition.