Growing Up Asian in America: Submission Guidelines


Eligibility Criteria

  • Students of all backgrounds including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian, Pacific Islander and multiracial ethnicities are invited to submit entries.
  • You must be in grade K through 12.
  • You must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County.
  • If you have won in previous years, you cannot submit an entry unless you are in a different grade/entry category now. The grade categories are grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The entry categories are Art, Essay and Video.
  • Contestants cannot win a prize in more than one category (ex. Art and Essay).
  • Children of contest judges or screeners are ineligible to submit entries.

Entry Guidelines

Art (K-12)
Format: MUST BE 8-1/2” x 11”

Materials and Media: Anything two-dimensional. All paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, photographs, computer generated graphics etc. are accepted. No sculptures, pop-ups, or framed canvases please. Please do not include writing on your art.

Essay (K-12)
Format: 8-1/2” x 11” paper, 12 pt. font size, single-spaced. Online submissions must be in Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Length: 500 words MAXIMUM. Hand-written essays accepted. Please print or write on one side only. You do not have to answer every question.

Video (6-12)
Format: Videos must be 1 minute MAXIMUM. 300MB (size) max. Video files must be in .avi, .mov, or .wmv.

Eligibility: Open ONLY to 6-12th grade contestants.

How to Send Your Entry

Art (K-12)
Fill out the entry form and mail or deliver entry to:

Growing Up Asian in America
Asian Pacific Fund
465 California Street, Suite 809
San Francisco, CA 94104

Essay (K-12)
Fill out the entry form and mail or deliver entry to the address above OR submit online here

Video (6-12)
Videos must be submitted online here


Entries must be received by FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 or delivered in person by 5 P.M. No entries will be accepted by fax.

Submission Checklist

  • My entry answers the theme: My Hope for the Future
  • I have filled out an entry form (either on paper or online)
  • I have included a title for my entry


  • You may send one entry in each category (e.g. one piece of writing and one piece of art, one video–if in 6-12th Grade). We will not accept more than one entry per category. Art is judged separately from essays, so please do not submit an entry that combines writing with art. Each entry must have a complete entry form.
  • Winning entries are selected based on creativity, originality and skill in the category. Winners are notified by the end of April and must be present at the awards ceremony to be held May 2018. Date and location of the ceremony will be announced separately.
  • Submitting an entry to the contest is considered a grant of license to the Asian Pacific Fund to use the materials in any manner, including the creation of derivative works without payment of a royalty. The Asian Pacific Fund is a tax-exempt non-profit organization and will only use these materials to further its charitable and educational mission.


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