The best chance to win CASH PRIZES and FREE TRIP to JAPAN is waiting for you. Just submit your essay to the International Essay Contest for Young People 2020 and take a chance to win.

Participants from any nationality can take part in this competition, however, make sure that your word count should be equal or less than 700 (except cover page and essay title) if you really want to qualify.

This is an annual essay contest which is organized, by Goi Peace Foundation in Japan, in order to harness the energy, creativity, 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 young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Goi Peace Foundation-public benefits organization-is supported by members from different countries of the world, who work together to create a culture of peace and to foster a sustainable and harmonious global society by promoting consciousness, values, and wisdom for creating peace.

Plus, by building cooperation among individuals and organizations across different fields including education, science, culture, and arts.

International Essay Contest in Japan Details:

Host Country:

  • Japan

Contest Organizer:

  • Goi Peace Foundation

Approved/Certified by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
  • Japanese National Commission for UNESCO
  • Japan Private High School Federation
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
  • Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Nikkei Inc.


Age Limit to take part: Following age groups are eligible to submit their essay for the contest:

  • Children (ages up to 14)
  • Youth (ages 15 – 25)

Word count for Essay: 700 or less (except cover page and essay title)

Languages for writing Essay:

  • English,
  • French,
  • Spanish or
  • German.

You can also write Essay in the Japanese language with characters of 1600 or less (except cover page and essay title)

THEME/TOPIC for Essay:


Details: Imagine what an ideal world ten years from now would be like. Write a letter from yourself in 2030 to your present (2020) self, in which you describe the state of the world, the way people are living, and what you, yourself, are doing in society. In addition, include any important message that you might wish to tell your present self.

Awards for Winners:

The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  1. 1st Prize: Certificate, a prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$900 as of Feb. 2020)  for 1 entrant.
  2. 2nd Prize: Certificate, a prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450 as of Feb. 2020) and gift for 2 entrants.
  3. 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift for 5 entrants.
  4. Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift for 25 entrants.

1st prize winners– will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2020 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)

Additional awards– Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award, will be given if applicable.

All prize winners– will be announced on October 31, 2020 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2020.

Detailed Guideline:

  1. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page.
  2. Essays may be typed or printed.
  3. Entries may be submitted online or by postal mail.
  4. Entries submitted by postal mail must include a cover page  indicating:
    • Your name
    • Category (Children or Youth)
    • Age as of June 15, 2020
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Address 
    • E-mail
    • Phone number 
    • School name (if applicable)
    • Your essay title
    • Language 
    • word count
  5. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. So Kindly enclose a list of participants’ names, ages, names and contact information of submitting teacher or director.
    • Note that Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
    • Only one entry per person is accepted.
    • Cover Page Template is available here to download.
    • You may also create your own cover page with all the items mentioned in point 4 above.
  6. Essays must be original and unpublished.
  7. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  8. Essays must be written by one person.
  9. Co-authored essays will not be accepted.
  10. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

If you have any questions further, then go to FAQ Section at official website.


  • Entries must be received by June 15, 2020 (23:59 your local time).

How to Submit an ESSAY for International Contest for Young People 2020:

If you wish to submit your entry by postal mail, send it to address:

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

However, to send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page by clicking the “Submit Online Here” button given below and follow the required steps.

Important: Since the online registration page is expected to experience high traffic towards the June 15 deadline, we suggest that you submit your essay as early as possible.