2022 Japanese Language Program Writing Contest – さくぶんコンテスト

UBC Japanese Language Program is holding an essay and short fiction contest for all students who are enrolled in 2022 Winter Term 1. The objective of the competition is to encourage creativity through writing in a newly learned language and give students opportunities to encounter different ideas and ways of thinking of others and themselves outside the classroom.




Open to students enrolled in JAPN courses in 2022 Winter Term 1.


There are two categories to enter:

Category Level Characters
Junior JAPN 100- and 200 500- 600
Senior JAPN 300- and 400 900-1000

1. Format: An essay or short story on the topic.

2. Topic:「雨」(Give your own title).

3. Include your full name in Japanese.

4. Entry must not exceed maximum number of characters, must not include tables, photos, pictures, etc.

5. Entry must be your original writing.

6. Entry must be typed (12pt, MS Mincho) and be saved in a single document in pdf format and submitted here.

7.  Entries will be judged on originality, clear expressions of ideas and effective use of the language.

8. In addition to receiving prizes, the names of the winners and their work may be published on the website of the Department of Asian Studies.

9.  Winners will be announced in January 2023.

Prizes: Prizes are provided for the 1st and 2nd place winners in junior and senior categories.

1st place: Gift Card $100 + a gift from the Japanese language program.

2nd place: Gift Card $50 + a gift from the Japanese language program.

Deadline: November 20, 2022, 11:59pm (PT)

Application Form

Please follow the file naming conventions: Last name_First name_Course code.pdf.

Example: Chen_Lisa_JAPN101.pdf

If you have questions or wish to enquire about the contest, please contact Tanaka sensei at kaori.tanaka@ubc.ca.