2019 High School & College Student Essay and Poetry Contest! – DEADLINE: Sunday, June 30, 2019

As we head into summer, there are only two weeks of left to send in your submissions for Go For Broke National Education Center’s 2019 High School & College Student Essay and Poetry Contest! This is a friendly reminder all entries are due by Sunday, June 30, 2019.

TO ENTER: Submit a 250-500 word essay, or up to a 3 page work of poetry on one of the following topics:

  • The Japanese American WWII veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.
  • How will you carry on the legacy of the Japanese American WWII veterans?
  • This year is the 75th anniversary of the Korematsu v. United States and Ex Parte Endo cases where the courts upheld the constitutionality of Executive Order 9006. Analyze what the Japanese American WWII experience can teach us abut the Constitution, rights, and responsibilities.

Details about the contest can be found on our website .

The contest is open to all high school (grades 9-12) and college (undergraduate and graduate) students.

  • $1,000 (each) to the top four winners
  • $500 (each) to the four second prize winners of each category
  • $250 (each)to the four third prize winners of each category

Kindly distribute this information to anyone within your organization and community whom you think might be interested. A flyer is available here.


Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) supports the legacy of Japanese American World War II veterans, who served their country at a time when the United States denied their civil rights. Join us in advocating for civil liberties and equality, the cornerstone of the American experience, by entering our 2019 contest.


If you have any questions, please contact me at (310) 222-5703, or via email at

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