2022 Essay Contest

An annual Essay Contest targeted towards High-School and Middle-Elementary-School students to foster literary interest within the community and increase awareness of the world we live in.

The 2022 Essay Contest is now closed for submissions.

We thank all the participants and look forward to reading your amazing submissions.

Please stay tuned for the winner announcements on Oct 01, 2022

Entry Deadline

SEP 01, 2022

Winners Announced

OCT 01, 2022


Winning essays will be published on Silicon Valley Youth Channel website!

Elementary/Middle School

1st Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Gift Card
2nd Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Gift Card
3rd Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Gift Card

High School

1st Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Premium College Counseling Services
2nd Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Premium College Counseling Services
3rd Prize: Certificate of Recognition and Gift Card


What is a change you want to make to benefit some aspect of your community and how would you implement it?

An invention to help your community – what would it do, whom would it help, how would you build it? Tell us your idea – every exciting detail!

What is an issue you feel strongly about that you wish more people understood?

Choose your favorite work of art (painting, text, etc.) and analyze/describe how it makes you feel.


Choose a question from the list of prompts to answer

Brainstorm a few answers and decide on an idea that will persuade or spark interest in the reader, making sure the issue or topic you select is something you care about.

You must be 18 years old or younger

The SVYC Essay contest is targeted towards students 18 or younger anywhere in the world, and is categorized into two divisions: High school (Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th graders) and Middle School or below.

Your essay must not exceed 450 words, so be concise and effective with your words

Make sure the ideas you are trying to convey are specific enough to realistically and thoroughly investigate within the word limit.

You may submit more than one essay, but only one per prompt

All entries must be submitted by Sept 1st 2022. Late entries will not be accepted

When editing your work after you finish writing, verify that your intentions and language are clear

Confirm that your essay answers the following questions: Is the prompt I chose clearly answered? How well does my answer connect to the prompt? What message do I want my reader to be left with?

Your essay must be your own

You can do some research and look at sources that offer a range of perspectives, but ultimately the opinions and ideas must be your own. Plagiarism in any form or amount will not be tolerated.


Hung Wei
Cupertino City
Council Member
George Tyson
Los Altos Hills Mayor
Stephanie Tyson
Teacher Mentor, Silicon Valley New Teacher Project


Cupertino Library Foundation

Supporting the community with
cultural and educational programs



Springlight Educational Institution

Dedicated to excellence in service,
whether it is teaching or guiding students.

Pacific Catch

Cicero’s Pizza