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Eligibility & Requirements


The Minoru Yasui Student Contest is open to students in the United States and territories attending public, private, parochial, or home school. Members of the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and their families are not eligible to participate. Past first place winners of the contest are not eligible to participate in the division they won.

Junior Division

The Junior division of the contest is open to all students in Grades 5 through 8.


Senior Division

The Senior division of the contest is open to all students in Grades 9 through 12.


  • Submission deadline is March 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PT). 

  • Essays must not exceed the maximum word limit: 

    • Junior division: 1000 words 

    • Senior division: 1500 words 

  • Essays must be written in Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced 

  • Must be formatted in MLA with parenthetical in-text citations (not included in word count) 

  • Essays must include a bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources (not included in word count). 

    • At least two sources must be primary sources. 

  • All work must be the original work of the contestant. 

  • All essays must be submitted through the submission portal and all information requested on the submission form must be filled out by contestant

    • This includes a release signed by both the contestant and one of their parents.

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