Who Am I 15 Years From Now Essay Contest

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.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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For further inquiries concerning the International Essay Contest for Young People, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

Endorsed by

The 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.

Supported by

FELISSIMO CORPORATION, SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION

Essay Contest 2018 Flyer (PDF)

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Past Winning Essays

FAQ

Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

Official Rules

The A Voice for Animals contest is now open. The competition has sections for 14-15 year old students and sections for 16-18 year old students.

The contest is also open to ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

 

Eligibility

 

Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled, and less than 19 years of age on January 22, 2018 (the date the contest opened for entries). No exceptions!

The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence.

You are strongly advised to read all the rules!

 

Fourteen and Fifteen Year Old Essay Submissions

This year we have two sections for this category.

Entrants in the 14-15 year old section are invited to either write an essay that addresses one of the following: the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering and present ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it. Or write an essay that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how one animal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

                                        OR TO WRITE AN

Endangered Species Essay

 

For the 2018 contest, there is a special prize that will be awarded in the 14-15 year old section for essays that address endangered species!

In addition to the monetary prize, the top three essay submissions from 14- to 15-year-olds addressing endangered species will receive a signed, personalized copy ofEndling No. 1: The Last,by Katherine Applegate (author of the Animorphs series and The One and Only Ivan). Honorable mention recipients will receive a signed copy.

The Earth is now in the midst of its sixth major animal extinction. The last mass extinction—approximately 65 million years ago—caused the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Although extinctions are naturally occurring, the current mass extinction is unique in that it is caused almost entirely by humans. A 2010 study of species concluded that at least one-fifth of the world's mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are threatened with extinction due to human activity.

Submissions in this category should examine the threats to one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world, and present ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it. 

 Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your essay must be cited accurately.

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Please note: essays submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

 

1.Your essay must be no less than 1400 words and no more than 1500 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6.All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7.We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb.

 

Sixteen through Eighteen Year Old Essay Submissions

 

Entrants in the 16-18 year old essay section are invited to write an essay that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering; or the preservation of one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world, and potential solutions to alleviate animal suffering; or that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how oneanimal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your essay must be cited accurately.

 

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Please note: essays submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

 

1.Your essay must be no less than 1400 words and no more than 1500 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6. All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7. We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb.

 

Sixteen through Eighteen Year Old Video or Essay with Photos Submissions

Entrants in the 16-18 year old Essay with Photos or Video section must become involved in a project (new or pre-existing) that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering; or the preservation of one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world; or that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how oneanimal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

Students must submit either 1) an original video or a written essay with accompanying photos.

Projects should be worked on for at least two to three months and the project should have a direct impact on animals by means of either direct or indirect intervention. Your submission will document your project and your contribution to that project and, where possible, show how your project/involvement could alleviate animal suffering.

Your project could possibly be one of the following:

·     Form an organization to raise awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Create a school group to raise awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Participate actively in an organization that raises awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Create or demonstrate a plausible alternative to a practice which causes animal suffering

·     Devise an activity of your own that will raise awareness about, or mitigate, animal suffering

If you choose to start a group, you will need to demonstrate how many people were in the group and that this group was active and made significant contributions in your chosen area. In all categories we will ask you to provide contact information for someone who will vouch for the originality and duration of your project.

If you wish to submit a joint project, a group of up to four students can contribute to the project. Only one member of the group should submit the entry form and the names of other group members must be included just one time on the project itself.

Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     show what you have done to help remedy this issue;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your presentation must be cited accurately. Citations substantiating your chosen project will be credited.

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Essays or videos submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

The requirements for each category of submission are specified below.

Video

1.Your video must be no longer than three minutes long.

2.We will accept video submissions uploaded only to YouTube (www.youtube.com) or Vimeo (www.vimeo.com).

3.Give your video a meaningful title.

4.Add a brief synopsis of the video as the description of the video.

5.You must include your name in the video, but do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in either the video or its description.

Please note:

You must have explicit permission to use any footage, animation, music or photography you use (i.e. it must be original or archival stock).

Essay with Photographs

1.Your essay must be no less than 900 and no more than 1000 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6.All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7.We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb, including photographs

Judging

Judges' decisions are final. We reserve the right to adjust the number of prizes and the amounts of the prizes based on the entries received. Please read the Advice for Participants to see what the judges will be looking for.

Deadlines

Entry deadline:Monday, April 30th 2018 (11:59pm PDT)
Results announced:Monday, June 11th 2018

Advice for Participants

The judges offer the following advice based on entries from earlier contests:

  • Read the rules! Every year we disqualify a number of entries because they did not follow the rules.
  • The judges will be looking for:
    • Personal initiative (e.g., how big a role did you play in developing and driving this project or in your portion of the project)
    • Commitment and presentation
    • Clarity and power of the presentation; your presentation should inspire others to get involved
    • Original ideas in the topic, the presentation, or the suggested responses to the animal suffering.
  • If your entry is an essay the judges will look for:
    • effective opening and closing paragraphs. The essay needs to be well organized with paragraphs structured around the main parts or points. 
    • good structure with good word choice and fluid writing. Check spelling, grammar and punctuation. The essay must be free of blatant errors; all research that is done must be adequate for the topic and have quality references – references from Wikipedia do not carry much weight.
    • a readable font! Decorative or script fonts are hard to read for more than a sentence or two, and with the number of submissions we receive we do not spend time reading hard to read scripts.
  • If you submit a video the judges will look for:
    • What motivated you
    • How you hope to inspire others to bring about change
    • How you present your subject
    • Something visually interesting
  • The judges will give extra credit for:
    • Any research that is done into the cruelty or problem.
  • The judges will take an especially harsh view of plagiarism. Don't do it! Cite all your sources.
  • ESSENTIAL: Learn from previous winners! Look at their entries to see how they stand out. Look at our home page and the submissions of four previous winners.
  • Make sure the file or URL you submit is your actual entry! Each year we receive files which are clearly not the author's essay file. Due to the number of essays submitted we are unlikely to have time to contact you about your mistake.

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