Growing up Asian in America

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When is the deadline?

The deadline for Growing Up Asian in America is April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.

Can I deliver my entry in person or through mail?

No. This year, we are moving our submission process online! Please see the participant page for the online forms to submit. If you have difficulty submitting online, please email us at guaa@aaci.org and we can help you!

Can I submit art and essay online?

Yes, all entries will be submitted online this year!

Is the contest only for Asian & Pacific Islander American students?

The contest is open to students of all backgrounds. However, your entry must be in line with the contest theme and be about an Asian or Pacific Islander American experience. For example, you can focus your work on friends or loved ones who are Asian or Pacific Islander American.

How will my entry be judged?

Your entry will be judged based on creativity, originality, and skill in interpreting the theme and expressing your ideas.

Can my teacher submit entries from many different students in one form?

No, each entry should be submitted in an individual form.

When is the awards ceremony and can anyone attend?

The awards ceremony will be in May 2021. It is open only to contest winners and their families.

Can I include a description about my artwork?

Yes, you may include a brief statement or paragraph on the back of your artwork. This can include any insights/highlights from your interview with older members of your family, explanation or inspiration behind your work.

Can I submit a photograph?

Yes, you may submit a photograph. Please print your photograph as an 8 x 10” image.

What is the allowed size?

All entries are allowed as long as the file is no more than 250 MB.

What file types are allowed?

Art entries must be in .PDF, .PNG, and JPG format.

Can I submit sculpture or 3D art?

No, you may only submit 2D art such as drawings, paintings, photographs, etc. Your paper or canvas may not be more than ¼ inch thick.

Can I write more than 500 words?

No, please keep your essay 500 words or under.

Can I write poems, songs or stories?

Of course. You can write poems, songs or stories! Be as creative as you want!

Can I include quotes from my interviews with older members of my family?

Yes, we encourage you to include quotes or insights from your interview.

What format does it have to be?

Essay entries must be in .PDF or .Word format and be no more than 250 MB in size.

Can I include footage from home movies/videos?

Yes, in accordance with this year’s theme, you may include footage from home movies/videos.

Can I go over 1 minute in my video?

No, please keep your video 1 minute or under.

What about credits?

Your credits do not count as part of your 1 minute video and will not be considered for judging.

What format does it have to be in?

Please submit your video as an .avi, .mov, or .wmv file.