GOI Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young People

GOI Peace Foundation is currently accepting applications for International Essay Contest for Young People 2024.

Application deadline: 15 June 2024

GOI Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort 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 the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

The GOI Peace Foundation theme of this year is ”My Experience of Overcoming Conflict”

Conflicts occur for a variety of reasons, including differences in opinions and values. Have you ever had an experience of overcoming a conflict that you were involved in? What did you learn from that experience? How do you want to make use of what you learned, for your own life and for society?


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$660 as of Feb. 2024) and gift for 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$330 as of Feb. 2024) and gift for 3 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift for 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift for 25 entrants.


  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2024) in one of the following age categories: Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  • Essays must be 700 words or less in English or French, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese. Essays must be typed, with your name, email address and essay title included at the top of the first page.
  • There are no particular rules regarding formatting (font style, size, line space, etc.). However, essays must be submitted in either MS Word (DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries that include plagiarized content or content created by generative AI (such as ChatGPT) will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

It’s important to take note that your name, email address and essay title are not included in the word count limit.

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.

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By submitting your essay, you give permission to the organizer to publish it in any medium. Ownership of the essay remains with the entrant.

For more information:

Visit the Official Web page of GOI Peace Foundation for application process.

Entries must be submitted through the online registration page. Late applications will not be considered.

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