Other Writing Contests!

2024 Minoru Yasui Student Contest

The 2024 contest theme is advancing democracy and prompts students to think about what an ideal democracy looks like, challenges to achieving democracy, and how to overcome them. Contestants will express their answers through a visual art piece and artist statement. Please share this information widely with educators and students who may be interested.

Contest materials now available
The 2024 contest theme book is now available on the Minoru Yasui Student Contest page. This year’s theme book provides a guide for developing a definition of democracy. While this activity isn’t required, it is a good exercise for students who may not have a strong definition in mind before starting their submission.

The 2024 contest criteria describes how submissions will be evaluated. Students should review the guide to understand how judges will be scoring contestants’ work. This guide can be found on the contest requirements page.

The 2024 Minoru Yasui Student Contest for middle and high school students is an art contest for youth 10-18 years old. Students can express their thoughts using the prompt in a visual art piece and artist’s statement. Submission deadline: March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm PST.

Organized by the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, the Minoru Yasui Student Contest offers students the opportunity to explore societal topics in connection with the legacy of Minoru Yasui (1916-1986), the only Oregonian to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For More information, visit the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project or email to:


* Soroptimist International of Eugene & Skipping Stones’ Creative Writing Contest

IMPORTANT: Entries Are Now Closed!

As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, Soroptimist International of Eugene and Skipping Stones invite youth to share their creative writing that promotes an awareness of Women Discoverers and Inventors from Around the World.
Eligibility:  Open to ages 12 to 18 years. Must be a resident of Lane County, Oregon.
Written entries limited to 1,000 words. No smaller than size 12 standard font. Keep a copy for yourself.
Postmark by: January 16, 2024 (NEW DEADLINE: JAN. 23, 2024)
Prizes: First Place $300.00 * Second Place $200.00 * Third Place $100.00.

Winners will be announced by the end of February and winning submissions will be published in the March 2024 issue of Skipping Stones Magazine. They will receive a one-year subscription to Skipping Stones along with three multicultural books. Winners will be invited to the Soroptimist International of Eugene’s Live Your Dream Awards Dinner in March 2024. All submissions must have a cover letter telling us your name, age, school you attend, and contact information including e-mail address. The Soroptimist Media Consent Form and the Skipping Stones Permission to Publish Form must also be signed and attached.

Send submissions to: Soroptimist International of Eugene PO Box 10664, Eugene, OR 97440
Or email to: sieugene@soroptimist.net

To obtain a flyer and media consent forms please e-mail: sieugene@soroptimist.net                           SUBJECT: Creative Writing

Ideas to get you started:
The achievements of women discoverers and inventors have served as inspiration for modern-day women. Identify a woman who was/is a discoverer or an inventor. Talk about her accomplishments, achievements and the impact she has or had in her field. How did she shape history? Were there any gender equality obstacles?
What do you admire about her? Why don’t we hear more about women innovators?
About Soroptimist International of Eugene: Soroptimist International of Eugene has been supporting women and girls in Lane County since 1949 to achieve their full potential. Our Vision: Women and girls will have access to resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Our Mission: Providing women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve social and economic empowerment. Email: sieugene@soroptimist.net  or Visit them online.

* 2023 Contest Winners Announced! Soroptimist International of Eugene & Skipping Stones Magazine have announced the Winners of our 2023 Women in S.T.E.M. Awards. You can read the winning entries here. The three winning entries have also been published in our March-August 2023 issue. You can read the Spring 2023 issue here. The winners were honored at the awards dinner organized by the Soroptimist International of Eugene on March 8th in Eugene.

* Essay and Art Contest on Civil and Human Rights  (winners announced!)

Dalit Solidarity Forum in the USA and Hindus for Human Rights are pleased to announce the winners of their third annual Essay and Art Contest on Civil and Human Rights. The theme was: Which South Asian Social Justice Activist Do You Admire and Why?

High School Essay Winners:
* First Prize: Samara Desai, grade 9, North Carolina, for “Guruchand Thakur”
* Second Prize: Saraah Zaheer, grade 12, Tennessee, for “Rana Ayyub”
* Third Prize: Titas Mukherjee, grade 11, North Carolina, for “Kavita Emmanuel”
High School Art Winners:
* First Prize: Kommali Kommana, grade 12, North Carolina, for “Kailash Satyarthi”
* Second Prize: Eshita Lahiri, grade 10, Louisiana, for “Seema Hari”
* Third Prize: Neha Srinivasan, grade 12, North Carolina, for “Kiran Bedi”
Middle School Winner:
* Megan Gurung, Grade 6, New York, for “Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar”

Hearty Congratulations to all the winners! The winning entries are being published in both Skipping Stones Magazine. Read all the winning entries here.

30th Anniversary Contest (Past Program)

NOTE: The Winners were published in the Autumn 2019 issue.

We invite writings by youth (ages 7 to 18 years) on intercultural, international or multicultural understanding and/or nature & environmental themes.

Essays, letters, stories, etc. should be exactly 30 words or 30 sentences.

Poems must be either 30 words or 30 lines, exactly.

Please include a parental permission (allowing us to publish your work, if selected for publishing), your contact information, and a cover letter telling us about your age/grade, your cultural background, dreams and visions. Entries must be received in our office by 30th of April 2019.

Winners will be published in our Autumn 2019 issue. They will also receive a certificate and 30 back issues of Skipping Stones as a prize.

Send your entries to:  editor(AT)skippingstones(DOT)org

P. O. Box 3939, Eugene, Oregon 97403 USA