The Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2021
The Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2021

The Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2021

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021 (23:59 your local time).

The aim of this annual essay contest is to tap into the passion, imagination, and initiative of the world’s youth in order to foster a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aspires to motivate society to learn from young people and consider how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Theme : “What is Life?”

What does life mean to you? Have you had an experience that made you think about the meaning of life? What kinds of things can you do to cherish and invigorate your own life and all life on earth?

Anyone under the age of 25 (as of June 15, 2021) can submit an essay in one of the following age categories: a) Young people (ages up to 14) b) Young people (ages 15 – 25)

In English or French, essays must be 700 words or less, and in Japanese, they must be 1600 characters or less. Your name and essay title must be typed at the top of the first page of your essay. There are no clear formatting guidelines (font style, size, line space, etc.). Essays, on the other hand, must be sent in MS Word (DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

The word count does not include your name or the title of your essay.

Entries must be submitted online. To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page, and follow the required steps. Entries submitted by postal mail or e-mail are not accepted.

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group by creating an ‘account for school/organization entrant’ on the online registration page.

* Only one entry per person is accepted.
* We 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Essays must be original and unpublished.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


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$900 as of March 2021) and gift … 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450 as of March 2021) and gift … 3 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st to 3rd prize winners will be invited to the Winners Gathering to be held online. 
* Additional awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2021 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2021.
* We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Goi Peace Foundation/UNESCO International Essay Contest 2021

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