Submission of essays for 2015 International Essay Contest is open.


The Goi Peace Foundation opens its 2015 International Essay Contest for Young People with the theme of Building Peace in our Hearts and Minds.

UNESCO was created 70 years ago to build peace in the minds of men and women as a way to attain lasting peace in the world. What does it mean to build peace in our hearts and minds? How does it relate to the world around us? Please illustrate your ideas with your personal experience.

The contest is divided into two age categories:

  • children up to 14 years old
  • youth ages 15 to 25 years old.

Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be 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 15, 2015 (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.

A list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director should be enclosed. Entries missing any of the listed information will not be considered.

Co-authored essays are not permitted and works should be original and unpublished.

Essays may be submitted online (Register at or  through postal mail to this address:

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

The following awards are to be given to winning participants:

  • First prize (1 entrant): Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$840 as of February 2015)
  • Second prize (2 entrants): Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of February 2015)
  • Third prize (5 entrants): Certificate and gift
  • Honorable mention (25 entrants): Certificate and gift

First prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for December 2015. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.) All prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2015 on the Goi Peace Foundation website.Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in November 2015.

Deadline of submission is on June 15, 2015.

For more information, visit the Goi Peace Foundation website.


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