The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization based in Santa Barbara, California, hosts two peace contests each year.

The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest is an annual contest in which contestants submit short videos on an aspect of nuclear disarmament (the specific topic is announced on February 1 each year). The deadline for submissions is April 1.

The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The Poetry Awards include three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. 

Video Contest

The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest

2019 Contest: SOLE AUTHORITY: Should the President have the sole authority to launch a nuclear attack?

The President of the United States currently has the sole authority to initiate a nuclear attack at any time for any reason, or no reason at all.

Make a video of three minutes or less about whether or not you think this policy is a good idea. If not, why not? Should it be changed? What should U.S. policy be instead?


The winning videos are below. Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's contest! We are inspired by your ideas and your passion.

1st Prize - "Hard to Imagine" by Noah Roth

2nd Prize - "Securing Nuclear Deterrence" by Edward Zhang

3rd Prize - "White Light" by Eduardo Castillo

Honorable Mention - "Our President Controlling Nuclear Power???" by Kenny Nguyen

Honorable Mention - "Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe" by Maya Montell

All Rights Reserved

All products resulting from the winning proposals become the property of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to publish or broadcast all submissions to the contest.

Contest Administration

Contest administered by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation -- 1622 Anacapa Street -- Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805)965-3443.

Poetry Contest

2019 Award Announcement

The winners of the 2019 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards have been announced. Click here to read the winning poems. All years’ winning poems can be found here.

The 2020 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

No announcement or timeline has yet been made regarding a 2020 poetry contest. Please continue to watch this space for updates.


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