International Essay Contest for Young People
Theme of 2020: "A Letter from Myself in 2030"
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. This is actually a competition for people's first languages but it could be good practice to do it in a language you're learning, as there is no submission fee anyway, so there's nothing to lose. 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. Essays may be typed or printed.
- Children (14 and under) (Your age as of 15 June 2020)
- Youth (15 - 25 years old)
The following awards will be given in the Children's category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize (to 1 entrant): Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$900 as of Feb. 2020) and gift
2nd Prize (to 2 entrants): Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450 as of Feb. 2020) and gift
3rd Prize (to 5 entrants): Certificate and gift
Honourable Mention (to 25 entrants): Certificate and gift
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.)
Make sure to use the cover page templates found on the website.
There is no submission fee. Age limit: 25 and under