2021 GUAA Participant Info Coming Soon


Growing up Asian in America

Prize Information

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Growing Up Asian in America contest, we are awarding 25 cash prizes!

One (1) $1,000 Grand Prize winner

Ten (10) $500 Best in Class winner awards

Fourteen (14) $250 Honorable Mention winner awards

All winners will have their entries showcased on the AACI website and have a chance to be featured on NBC Bay Area.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students of all backgrounds including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian, Pacific Islander and multiracial ethnicities are invited to submit entries.
  • You must be in grade K through 12.
  • You must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County.
  • If you have won in previous years, you cannot submit an entry unless you are in a different grade/entry category now. The grade categories are grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The entry categories are Art, Essay and Video.
  • Contestants cannot win a prize in more than one category (ex. Art and Essay).
  • Children of contest judges or screeners are ineligible to submit entries.

Entry Guidelines

Art (K-12)
Format: MUST BE 8-1/2” x 11”

Materials and Media: Anything two-dimensional. All paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, photographs, computer generated graphics etc. are accepted. No sculptures, pop-ups, or framed canvases please. Please do not include writing on your art.

Essay (K-12)
Format: 8-1/2” x 11” paper, 12 pt. font size, single-spaced. Online submissions must be in Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Length: 500 words MAXIMUM. Hand-written essays accepted. Please print or write on one side only. You do not have to answer every question.

Video (6-12)
Format: Videos must be 1 minute MAXIMUM. 300MB (size) max. Video files must be in .avi, .mov, or .wmv.

Eligibility: Open ONLY to 6-12th grade contestants.

How to Send Your Entry

Art (K-12)
Fill out the entry form and mail or deliver entry to:

Growing Up Asian in America
2400 Moorpark Ave. STE
San Jose, CA 95128

Essay (K-12)
Fill out the entry form and mail or deliver entry to the address above OR submit online here.

Video (6-12)
Videos must be submitted online here.

Submission Checklist

  • My entry answers the theme: Why I Count!
  • I have filled out an entry form (either on paper or online)
  • I have included a title for my entry


  • You may send one entry in each category (e.g. one piece of writing and one piece of art, one video–if in 6-12th Grade). We will not accept more than one entry per category. Art is judged separately from essays, so please do not submit an entry that combines writing with art. Each entry must have a complete entry form.
  • Winning entries are selected based on creativity, originality and skill in the category. Winners are notified by the end of April and must be present at the awards ceremony to be held May 2020. Date and location of the ceremony will be announced separately.
  • Submitting an entry to the contest is considered a grant of license to AACI to use the materials in any manner, including the creation of derivative works without payment of a royalty. AACI is a tax-exempt non-profit organization and will only use these materials to further its charitable and educational mission.

Entries must be RECEIVED by Friday, March 6, 2020 or delivered in person by 5 p.m. No entries will be accepted by fax.

Questions? Contact AACI at (408) 975-2730 x403 or e-mail guaa@aaci.org.