About

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

2016 Contest: Humanize Not Modernize

All nine of the world's nuclear-armed nations are modernizing or planning to modernize their nuclear arsenals. This is not only extraordinarily expensive, but also very dangerous. The United States alone plans to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize its arsenal. Many of its proposed modernization programs will serve to make nuclear weapons more usable in conflict.

2016 Winning Videos

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2016 Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest. After much deliberation, the judges have decided on the following awards:

FIRST PRIZE
#HumanizeNotModernize by Konane Gurfield

SECOND PRIZE
Dear 9 Nuclear Armed Nations. From: Teenagers by Elias Reta

THIRD PRIZE
What Will We Leave Behind? by David Kirk West

HONORABLE MENTIONS
#HumanizeNotModernize by Jady Chan
A Trillion Reasons by Nathan Stein
Humanize Not Modernize by Celine Nguyen

Contest Administration

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

Additional Resources

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's "Humanize Not Modernize" campaign began in late 2015. Learn more about this important topic:

1. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Facebook page.
2. Articles on the NAPF website tagged "Humanize Not Modernize."
3. NAPF's Humanize Not Modernize booklet.
4. The National Priorities Project.
5. Arms Control Association fact sheet on U.S. nuclear modernization programs.
6. "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck" -- a report by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

Poetry Contest

2015 Award Announcement

The winners of the 2015 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards have been announced. Click here to read the winning poems.

The 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

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. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2016.

The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.

Deadline

All entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2016.

Awards

Adult Winner - $1,000
Youth (13 to 18) Winner - $200
Youth (12 and under) Winner - $200
We may award Honorable Mentions in each category.

Entry Fee

Adults - $15 for up to three poems
Youth (13 to 18) - no fee
Youth (12 and under) - no fee
If submitting on paper, please make checks payable to Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Cash and money order are also accepted.

Procedures (to submit online)

Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize.

Adults
1. You may submit up to three unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
2. Include name, "adult category," address, email and telephone number in upper right-hand corner of each poem.
3. Title each poem.
4. Email your poem(s) in a Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx) to cwarner@napf.org.
5. Please keep copies of your Word files.
6. Click here to pay your $15 entry fee online.
Youth (Ages 13-18)
1. You may submit up to three unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
2. Include name, age, address, email and telephone number in upper right-hand corner of each poem.
3. Title each poem.
4. Email your poem(s) in a Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx) to cwarner@napf.org.
5. Please keep copies of your Word files. 
Youth (12 and Under)
1. You may submit up to three unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
2. Include name, age, address, email, telephone number, school name and teacher's name in upper right-hand corner of each poem.
3. Title each poem.
4. Email your poem(s) in a Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx) to cwarner@napf.org.
5. Please keep copies of your Word files. 

Procedures (to submit on paper)

1. Send two copies of up to three typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
2. Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if 18 or under) in upper right-hand corner of one copy of each poem. Adults, please write "adult category" in upper right-hand corner.
3. For the Youth (12 and under) category, in addition to the information in #2, please also include your school's name and your teacher's name.
4. Title each poem.
5. Do not staple individual poems together.
6. Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.
7. Send entries to:
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize.

Judging

Judging will be done by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Copies of the winning poems from previous years are available here.

Winners

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced by September 21, 2016 on the NAPF website. Winners will be notified by email and/or mail. Past years’ winning poems can be found here.

Book Offer

Please include an additional $10 if you would like to receive a copy of Never Enough Flowers: The Poetry of Peace II, a collection of first-place and honorable mention poems of the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards from 2003-2010.

Contact

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This website, the Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest ("video contest") and the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards ("poetry contest") are operated by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located at 1622 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805) 965-3443.

We do not collect any identifying information from visitors to this site. Contact information that you submit when entering the video contest or poetry contest is used only for the purposes of confirming that your entry was received and of notifying you if you are a winner.

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