Call for Student Papers

Competition of Japanese-Language Papers on Peace Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Hiroshima City University

Hiroshima City University celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 1, 2014. When founded, Hiroshima City University declared itself to be “an international university which contributes to world peace and to the prosperity of the community  through education and research in science and art.”  August 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. To raise awareness of this tragic but significant event and to lay the foundation for world peace, Hiroshima City University invites short papers on peace from college students living in Japan and abroad.

1. Themes of Papers
This competition seeks submissions of short papers that consider several issues related to peace. Applicants should select one from the three following subthemes: 1) Hiroshima and Peace, 2) Science & Technology and Peace, and 3) Art and Peace

2. Eligibility
The competition consists of two categories: Domestic and International. Applicants must select one of the two categories according to the conditions described below.

Domestic Applicants: As of May 1, 2014, domestic applicants (any nationality) must be registered at an accredited college or university in Japan, either as an undergraduate or master-course graduate student. Participants whose mother tongue is Japanese should submit papers to the domestic category.

International Applicants: As of May 1, 2014, international applicants (any nationality) must be registered at an accredited college or university outside Japan, either as an undergraduate or master-course graduate student. Participants whose mother tongue is not Japanese should submit papers to the international category.

3.Submission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit an original, unpublished paper in Japanese written solely by themselves.
  • Only one submission will be accepted per applicant. If the organizer receives more than one paper from an applicant, no consideration will be given to any of the applicant’s papers.
  • The paper should be between 4,000 and 5,000 characters (excluding figures, tables, appendices, or bibliography). A summary (not to exceed 400 characters) must accompany the paper submission.
  • The paper should have an original title that clearly indicates one of the three subthemes given above.
  • If other works are cited, sources should be clearly stated.
  • The paper should be formatted for A4- or US letter-size paper using Microsoft Word (either .doc or .docx is allowed) or PDF format.
  • The paper must be submitted electrically via this website.
  • All copyrights of the winning papers are transferred to Hiroshima City University. The University may publish papers awarded prizes on a website and other media.

4. Deadline for Submission
August 20, 2014 (Japanese Standard Time).
Entry is closed.

5. Submission
Applicants will receive an email confirmation that their submission was received no later than 3 business days after submission.

For more information, please contact:
Administrative Office, Hiroshima City University,
3-4-1, Ozuka-higashi, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima 731-3194, Japan
TEL:+81-82-830-1811  FAX:+81-82-830-1812
e-mail: competition&
(*Please replace & with @)

6. Notification of Winners and Awards
Winners will be announced on the university’s website by November 1, 2014.  Notification will also be sent to the winners via e-mail. The winners in each section will receive an award certificate and a prize as follows:

First Place (one paper): an award certificate, and a prize of 200,000 Yen or 2,000 US$.

Second Place (two papers): an award certificate, and a prize of 100,000 Yen or 1,000 US$.

Third Place (at most three papers): an award certificate, and a prize of 50,000 Yen or 500 US$.

All awards are subject to meeting the submission requirements and deadlines described above. Please note that prizes or certificates will not be awarded to those who fail to meet the specified criteria. The first place winners in each category (Domestic and International) will be invited to the city of Hiroshima in early August, 2015 to attend the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony and to visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Hiroshima: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (Miyajima). If the first place winners accept the invitation to visit Hiroshima, they will be reimbursed for travel expenses (not to exceed 300,000 Yen or 3,000 US$, according to university regulations) for visiting and staying in Hiroshima.

7. Award Selection Committee
Chair:Gen Kikkawa (The President of Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)
Vice-Chairs: Haruhiko Yoshida, Shin’ichi Wakabayashi
Members: Akira Hayashi, Itsuki Kurashina, Mayumi Matsuo, Hitoshi Nagai, Tatsuya Nishida, Chieko Ohba, Chisa Takano, Makiko Takemoto
*The award selection committee is comprised of Hiroshima City University faculty.

Special Committee Members: Yasuyoshi Komizo (The President of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation), Shigeru Yamashiro (Chief Editor of the Chugoku Shimbun)

8. Support
Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, The Chugoku Shimbun Co.,Ltd, The Asahi Shimbun (Hiroshima), THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS (Hiroshima), The Yomiuri Shimbun (Hiroshima), THE SANKEI SHIMBUN, Nikkei Inc. (Hiroshima), Japan Broadcasting Corporation Hiroshima Station, RCC BROADCASTING CO.,LTD, Hiroshima Telecasting Co.,Ltd., Hiroshima Home TV, TSS-TV Co.,Ltd.