Academic Writing Contest

Why not try writing an essay in English?

We are seeking academic essays in English on topics of your choice. We hope that students thinking of studying abroad, wishing to work overseas in the future, those writing graduation theses in English, or who wish to try their hands at English essay composition will take this opportunity and apply.

"Academic writing" refers to the composition of an essay that objectively clarifies your claims on a given topic based on existing research and data. We are looking for you to develop a new idea in your own words that will convince the reader about the research topic backed up by academically credible citations of previous research and data.

AY2022 Contest Outline

<Eligibility Criteria>

Keio University high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and correspondence course students

*The essays will be assessed by the four categories of "High School Students," "Undergraduate Students," "Graduate Students," and "Correspondence Course Students."

<Application Period>

From 10:00 on January 16 (Mon) to 16:30 on January 25 (Wed), 2023 [Deadline to be strictly observed]

*All submissions received outside of the application period will be void.


Director's Prize : certificate and cash prize of 50,000 yen (one person from among all applicants)
First prize : certificate and cash prize of 20,000 yen (one person from each category)
Honorable mention : certificate and cash prize of 10,000 yen (some person from each category)

*First prize and honorable mentions are selected for each of the categories.
*Each prize may not be applicable.

<Announcement of results>

Late February to Early March 2023 (tentative)

The schedule may change depending on the assessment status for essays.

<Awards ceremony>

Venue : Hiyoshi Campus (tentative). We will inform the awardees of further details such as the date and time when the results are announced.

<Related workshop>

Academic Writing Workshop 2022

This is a workshop where students can practice writing at a level of English which is a step-up from their current levels. It will elaborate on the essential points, from basic rules to producing English which is natural and appropriate to academic contexts, when writing papers in English.

Date and time : [Basic course] November 11 (Fri), 2022
(Hiyoshi Campus)
[Advanced course] December 5 (Mon), 2022
(Mita Campus)
Application to participate : Please apply from the Research Center for Foreign Language Education website.

Past awardees and winning papers

*The affiliations and year levels are current to the time of the awards.