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

The 2016 Video Contest is now accepting entries through April 1, 2016.

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.

Make a video of no more than 3 minutes about why you think we need to #HumanizeNotModernize. The video can address issues around all nine nuclear-armed nations, or one nation in particular.

Awards

1st Place:  $500
 2nd Place: $300
 3rd Place: $200

Deadline

All videos must be received electronically by April 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.There are no exceptions to this deadline. The winning videos will be announced on April 15, 2016. 

Contest rules

A submission that does not adhere to all of the contest rules will not be considered for a cash award.

1.Contest begins on February 1, 2016.
2. Submission must be in English (if language is used).
3. Submission must not exceed 3 minutes in length.
4. Submission must be on topic.
5. Submission must not contain foul language or slander.
6. Employees or paid consultants of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, or their immediate family members, are not eligible for a cash prize.
7. Video can be any type (traditional video, animation, flash, etc.).
8. Winners are responsible for providing NAPF with a high-resolution copy of their video before prize money is distributed.
9. By submitting your video, you are promising that you own all rights to all material in your video, including the music, images, script, and rights to include all persons, places or organizations included or depicted (see below for information on Creative Commons footage). The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will have distribution rights for non-commercial use, and video makers will have co-distribution rights for either public or commercial use. You also agree to allow the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to use your name, identification, and likeness to use, promote or publicize your video in any manner, without limitation, and without further compensation. You agree to indemnify the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, including for legal costs, against any challenges to the ownership, use of, or rights to material in your video.
10. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By submitting your video, you agree to release Facebook of any and all liability associated with this contest.

How to Enter

There are three different ways to enter:

1. Upload directly to Facebook.
-- Go to the contest's Facebook page and "like" it.
-- Upload your video to the page.
-- Send an email to rwayman@napf.org with your name, email address and video title.
-- You will receive a confirmation email on the next business day confirming that your submission is complete.

2. Upload to YouTube
-- Upload your video to your personal YouTube account.
-- Go to the contest's Facebook page and "like" it.
-- Post the URL of your YouTube video to the contest's Facebook page.
-- Send an email to rwayman@napf.org with your video's title, your name and your preferred email address (for communication in case you are selected as a winner).
-- We will send you a confirmation email within one business day.

3. Email the video to us (for those without a Facebook account)
-- Go to www.wetransfer.com.
-- Click on "Add Files" (your file must be less than 2GB in size).
-- In the "Friend's Email" field, enter rwayman@napf.org.
-- In the "Your Email" field, enter the email address where you would like to receive confirmation from us.
-- In the "Message" field, enter your full name and the video title.
-- The contest administrator will post your video to the contest's Facebook page. We will send you a confirmation email within one business day.

Copyright Issues

There is a significant amount of video and audio available online that falls under Creative Commons licensing. It is permissible to use Creative Commons video and/or audio in your entry as long as you meet the requirements of the particular license. Click here for more information on Creative Commons. Entries that violate copyright are not eligible for a cash prize.

Judging

A committee of filmmakers and educators selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will judge entries on the basis of originality of ideas, creativity and clarity of expression.

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.

Additional Resources

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's "Humanize Not Modernize" campaign began in late 2015. Here are some ideas on where you can research the 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. "The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat" -- 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.

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