Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2017, 11.59 p.m. CET.
Length: Essay (min. 1800 words, max. 2200 words). The word count excludes references & bibliography.
Abstract: Each essay must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100 words.
Format: MS Word document. Font should be Times New Roman, size 12, and use 1.5 line spacing.
Style: We strongly advise students to use ICTSD's Style Guide.
Individuality: Individual work is expected, no group work allowed. Only one entry per applicant.
Original works: Entries to the competition should be unique and not published elsewhere. Use of references (footnotes and/or endnotes) and bibliography is mandatory. You will not be penalised if citations are in MLA or Chicago format. ICTSD uses plagiarism software in revising submissions: insufficient or absent citation will be grounds for elimination.
Biographical Statement: Please be sure to include – as a separate document – both a short biographical statement which notes current affiliation, date of birth, academic institution, and expected graduation year, and any current professional affiliation paid or volunteer. Submission of CVs, while optional, is also welcome, in addition to this statement.
Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, a GAP Key Partner.
The annual 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 theme for this year's contest is: LEARNING FROM NATURE
Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.
First Prize winners will be invited to Tokyo, Japan, and will receive the Minister of Education Award at the Goi Peace Foundation Forum in November 2017.
Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old.
The deadline for entry is 15 June 2017.