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Essay Contest for Youth

Results of 2021 Essay Contest Ages (11-14 years)

It is a pleasure to announce this year’s Essay Contest top three entries.

First Place: Ms. Natasha Dungor from Spring, Texas

Second Place: Mr. Zeyus Spenta from Vancouver, Canada

Third Place: Mr. Arshaun Oshideri from Aliso Viejo, California


The first place essay will receive $300, second place $200, third place $100 and all three essays will be printed in the 2021 summer edition of Chehreh Nama magazine of California Zoroastrian Center. 

Please give a few weeks for your checks and certificate to arrive in mail.

Our thanks to Fatane Farid Fund for sponsoring the 2021 Essay Contest, Ms. Parimarz Firoozgar our 2021 Short Story Contest sponsor, our wonderful judges, Ms. Parmida Behmardi for designing our flyers, Chehreh Nama and FEZANA Journal editors for their support, and all of you for encouraging our youth to participate and spread the word about the contests.

Looking forward to the 2022 Essay Contest starting in September 2021 with the topic:

"According to the Gathas, can one be a Zoroastrian without a belief in God?"

The 2022 Essay Contest will be for 14-18 year old's.

Wishing you health and joy,
Artemis Javanshir
Essay/Short Story Contests Organizer


"What do you consider the most important element in a happy family? Why? How does it relate to the teachings of Zarathushtra in the Gathas?"


Essays are accepted to the deadline on January 15, 2021

Essays must be 700-900 words in English. MS. Word format only

The contestant must be 11-14 years of age


To submit your essay, you must go to online submission section and follow the required steps or email your essay to along with your

1)full name, 2)email address, 3)phone number, 4)mailing address, 5)gender, and 6)birthdate


Confirmation of receipt of essay will be in the form of an email within 48 hours of submission


Entries must be received via email no later than Jan 15, 2021 (23:59 pacific time)


First Place: Certificate and prize of $300

Second Place: Certificate and prize of $200

Third Place: Certificate and prize of $100

* All prize winners will be announced on March 20, 2021 on this website

* Certificates and prizes will be mailed to the winners on March 20, 2021

* Additional awards will be given if applicable

For further inquiries concerning the Essay Contest for Youth, please contact

By submitting you agree for short story Contest organizer to publish your short story in any desired form

Supported by

CZC los angeles (czc-la)

Endorsed by



Sponsored by

Fatane Farid Fund


Special thanks to

Our Judges, Ms. Parmida Behmardi for designing our flyers &

Parviz Manoochehri for web designing

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