Creating the Future We Want: The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO Organise Essay Contest – Share Your Dream & Win a Prize!

As today’s young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills. This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination 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 Essay Contest is organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO. It has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education; and supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION.

THEME: “Creating the Future We Want”
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.

1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2012) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating
(1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2012 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at and follow the required steps.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 30, 2012.

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

1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,300) [1 entrant]
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$650) [2 entrants]
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift [5 entrants]
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift [25 entrants]

*1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2012. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2012 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( and UNESCO web site ( Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December.

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

OR Send online

* For inquires, please contact

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012: Call for Entries – Deadline, July 31st

Deadline: Tuesday 31st July 2012

Commonwealth Writers announces partnership with BBC World Service & British Council.

1st May 2012. It’s time to get writing, with the launch of the International Playwriting Competition today. For the 13th year, BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, invites writers around the world to send in their radio plays. The dramas need to be 53 minutes long, but can be on any subject. It’s the only competition of its kind in the world.

There are two first prizes – one for writers with English as a first language and one for writers with English as a second language. Their prize includes a trip to London to watch the play being recorded, attendance at an award ceremony and £2,000.

Previous judges have included Dame Eileen Atkins, Doris Lessing, Kwame Kwei Armah and Ayesha Dharker.

The competition has helped launch the writing careers of many of its winners. Lasha Bugadze from Georgia, one of the 2011 winners, currently has a play as part of the PEN festival in New York. He’s finishing a play for London’s Royal Court Theatre and his adaptation of “As You Like It” will be part of the Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre, London.

His winning play, The Navigator, was broadcast again on 28 April on BBC World Service to launch this year’s competition. It was described by the judges as “enchanting and authentic… cleverly turning the subject of loneliness into joyous listening.”

Commenting on his win, Lasha Bugadze, said: “This competition is very important for different reasons. On one hand, it looks for interesting ideas and plays and, on the other, it connects us with worlds and cultures that we may not have previously been familiar with. I have always been afraid that matters which were important to Georgian society would only be understood by those whose native language is Georgian, but the competition has transcended this barrier to allow for a detailed understanding by everyone.”

Fernanda Jaber, who won the second language prize, commented: “Winning has had a major effect on my life. I’ve always been pretty stubborn and now I feel like I have an infinite amount of perseverance. No matter how many rejection letters I get, I just keep stacking them up next to my award.”

Marion Nancarrow, Executive Producer, BBC Radio Drama, said: “I never cease to be impressed by the talent of the hundreds of writers who enter this competition – some having written their very first play, others with more experience. But all take us into their worlds in an intimate and immediate way that radio does so well. And with our partners at the British Council and Commonwealth Writers, we hope to hear even more voices this year.”

Andrew Jones, Acting Director of Drama and Dance for the British Council, added: “The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, is delighted to be working again in partnership with BBC World Service on the Competition. The challenge and opportunities for both experienced and aspiring writers from different cultures and backgrounds to develop, test and ultimately broadcast their skills through the universal medium of radio are truly unique. The competition wonderfully complements the other New Writing activities that the Council supports around the globe.

Lucy Hannah, Culture Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation, said: “Commonwealth Writers is proud to be associated with such an important competition which celebrates original work from both established and new writers from around the world. We hope we can help to promote and develop the careers of these talented individuals across the Commonwealth.”

EDIT: The competition opened on 1 May 2012 and will close for submissions on 31 July 2012. You can download the entry form HERE.

For more information, click here: International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012: Call for Entries.

Call for Entries – Contest for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2012!

Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing Since 1984, is calling for creative submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing for the 2012 edition of the Wasafiri Writing Prize. The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.*Please, see the terms and conditions on page 4 of the entry form.

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

The Judges:
Founding Editor of Wasafiri, Susheila Nasta, will be joined by three distinguished judges on the panel this year: John Haynes, award-winning poet, teacher and lecturer; Maya Jaggi, cultural journalist, writer and broadcaster and Colin Grant, writer, playwright, historian and broadcaster.

To apply:
Simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee, or pay online via paypal.

Deadline – 5pm GMT on 27 July 2012

Entry fee: £6.00 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for all three.

Download the entry form or click here to go to the Wasafiri website.

Good Luck with your application(s)!

Enter the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest

Deadline: September 15, 2011

The Photo Contest is now open for entries. Winners receive considerable exposure the world over, and become part of a global community of professional and nonprofessional photographers who share a twin passion for photography and microfinance.

You can enter up to 20 photos for a chance to win. Read on for further details on how to enter the Contest and for information about the prizes, and then click on the entry form link to the right to submit your photos.

Over the past few years we’ve asked you to use your imagination in capturing the diversity and dynamism of microfinance. As a result, stunning images have been shared with the microfinance community and others around the world. This year, we’re asking you to focus on how microfinance touches the world—the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the textures. By sharing your images, you’ll reach countless others with the message of microfinance, and you will help us tell the story of this remarkable industry: its unique textures, vibrant new developments, and impact on the lives of poor people.

Is there a moment or a place where you’ve witnessed the impact of microfinance on poor people’s ability to manage their own lives? Has your lens captured people using finance in nontraditional ways or having financial services delivered to them in innovative ways? Have you seen microfinance respond to the global financial crisis, the food crisis, natural disasters, or local conditions? We’re looking for photos of microfinance touching the lives of poor clients, or more broadly impacting the world we live in.

A total of 30 finalists will be selected for the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest. Judges will award first, second, and third place winners, as well as special mentions. Because photos tell a story, take a moment to capture your photo’s story in the explanation that you submit along with your photo entry—your explanation may also be considered by the judges.

The winning photos are published by CGAP and displayed online. They will be uploaded onto the CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest Flickr page, and included in a slideshow that will be shared with the industry for use at conferences. Winning images may be printed for exhibition in partnership with the World Bank and Citi. In addition to the opportunity to put their photos before the eyes of the world, winning photographers may receive the prizes listed below.

For further details on how to enter the competition, click here: Enter the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest.