Frequently Asked Questions


When is the deadline?

The deadline is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Entries must be postmarked by this date or delivered in person by 5pm.

If I deliver my entry in person, where do I deliver it to?

You must deliver your entry to our office located at 465 California Street, Suite 809, San Francisco, CA 94104

Is the contest only for Asian & Pacific Islander American students?

The contest is open to students of all backgrounds. However, your entry must be in line with the contest theme and be about an Asian or Pacific Islander American experience. For example, you can focus your work on friends or loved ones who are Asian or Pacific Islander American.

Can I submit an entry if I don’t live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County?

No, you may not, unless you go to school in one of these counties.

How will my entry be judged?

Your entry will be judged based on creativity, originality and skill in interpreting the theme and expressing your ideas.

Can I submit art and essay online?

We cannot accept art or essay entries online.

Can my teacher submit entries from many different students all in one packet?

Yes, as long as an entry form is filled out for each submission.

Do I have to be present at the awards ceremony to win?

Yes, you have to be present to win. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014.



Can I submit a photograph?

Yes, you may submit a photograph. Please print your photograph as an 8 x 10” image.

Can I submit a piece of artwork that’s bigger than 8 ½ by 11”?

No, you may not. Your artwork must be 8 ½ by 11” max.

Can my artwork be smaller than 8 ½ by 11”?

Yes, but it must be on 8 ½ by 11” paper.

Can I submit digital art?

Yes, you can submit digital art. Please print it out on 8 ½ x 11” paper.

Can I submit sculpture or 3D art?

No, you may only submit 2D art such as drawings, paintings, photographs, etc. Your paper or canvas may not be more than ¼ thick.

Can I get my artwork back?

Due to the high volume of entries and a nonprofit budget, we are not able to send back entries. In addition, submitting materials to the contest is considered a grant of license to the Asian Pacific Fund to use in any manner, including the creation of derivative works without payment of a royalty.



Can I write more than 500 words?

No, please keep your essay 500 words or under.

Can I write poems, songs, stories or speeches?

Of course. You can write poems, songs, stories or even recipes! Be as creative as you want!

Can I hand-write my essay or do I have to type and print it?

Either handwritten or typed is acceptable. If you hand-write, please print neatly.



Can I go over 1 minute in my video?

No, please keep your video 1 minute or under.

What about credits?

Your credits do not count as part of your 1 minute video and will not be considered for judging.

What format does it have to be in?

Please submit your video as an .avi, .mov, or .wmv file.