The Goi Peace Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invite young people throughout the world to submit essays for the International Essay Contest for Young People. Entries are divided into two age categories for the awarding of prizes: up to 14 years and 15 - 25 years.


The competition’s theme is: "Creating the Future We Want: Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality."


First, second, and third place and honourable mention entries in each category will receive the following prizes: (1st) 100,000 Yen, (2nd) 50,000 Yen, and (3rd and honourable mention) certificates and gifts. Multiple prizes will be given in all but the first place category. The first place winner will be invited to Japan to receive the award; travel expenses are paid by the sponsors.

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
June 30, 2012
Application Info: 

Click here to view guidelines and eligibility criteria and to access flyers in PDF format in Japanese, English, French, German, and Spanish.


Rules for the competition are:

  • Essays must be 800 words or fewer, printed or typed in English, French, Spanish, or German.
  • Each must include a cover page with the age category, title, name, address, telephone number, fax number, email address, nationality, age as of June 30 2012, gender, school name and grade, and word count.
  • Entries must be submitted by post or online.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished.
  • Essays must be written by one person.
  • Copyright of the essays will be assigned to the organisers.


Interested parties must send their submissions online through the contest website or to the postal address in the contact information below. (Email submissions are not accepted.)

Previous Winners: 

Click here to read about previous winners.


Young People's Media Network website, and a press release from Jules Lamore on February 17 2012, and email from The Goi Peace Foundation to The Communication Initiative on March 8 2012.