2022 Essay Contest

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

Zarathushtra called his message Daena Vanghuhi meaning the “good conscience”.  Later it was also known as Mazdyasni meaning “celebration of Wisdom”, Din e Behi meaning “the good religion” and today commonly known as Zoroastrianism or Zarathushtrian.


Essays are accepted to the deadline on January 15, 2022

Essays must be 500-800 words in English. MS. Word format only

The contestant must be 14-18 years of age


To submit your essay, you must go to online submission section and follow the required steps or email your essay to zessayentry@yahoo.com 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, 2022


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, 2022 on this website

* Certificates and prizes will be mailed to the winners on April 20, 2022

* Additional awards will be given if applicable

* A minimum number of entries is required to have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

For further inquiries concerning the Essay Contest for Youth, please contact zessayentry@yahoo.com

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

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Supported by

CZC los angeles (czc-la)

Endorsed by



Sponsored by

Ms. Parimarz Firoozgar


Special thanks to

Our Judges, Ms. Parmida Behmardi for designing our flyers, P arviz  M anoochehri for designing webpage &

Ms. Dina McIntyre and Mobedyar Maneck Bhujwala for reviewing the topic information 

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Frequently asked questions

Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

No. You must be 14,15,16,17 or 18 years old at any given point in time between September 1, 2021 and January 15, 2022.

Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

No. The contest is free of charge.

Do I have to be Zoroastrian or American to join the contest?

No, all nationalities and all beliefs are welcome to participate.

How are the essays evaluated?

The judges will rate the essays according to the provided rubric.

What happens if two or more of the essay finalists have the same score?

The essay finalists with the same score, will be submitted to two judges different from original judges for new scoring.

Who will be judging the essays?

Our judges are knowledgable and experienced individuals in Zoroastrian religion and the main concepts in the Gathas.

Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted on line?

Cover page is not needed, however, please provide your full name, phone number, email address, mailing address, birthdate in the email when you submit your essay to zessayentry@yahoo.com

Can I give any title to my essay?

Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the topic.

Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

MS Word(DOC/DOCX) format only.

Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

No. Please send your essay only.

Can I submit more than one essay?


I did not receive a confirmation email after submitting my essay. How can I make sure that my essay has been successfully submitted and received?

If you have not received a confirmation email within 48 hours of submission of your essay, please contact us at: zessayentry@yahoo.com

Who can I contact for further questions?

Please email any questions or concerns to zessayentry@yahoo.com