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

2018 Contest: Creating a Nuclear-Free Future: The Role of Young People

The world’s nine nuclear-armed nations still possess nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved its Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it has ever been. If civilization is to survive and thrive, we must eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us.

Make a video of 2 minutes or less about the role that young people have in abolishing nuclear weapons. It can be what you or other young people are doing now, or an idea of what you think can be done.

Awards

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

Deadline

All entries must be received electronically by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on April 1, 2018. There are no exceptions to this deadline. The winning videos will be announced on April 13, 2018.

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, 2018.
2. Submission must be in English and/or contain English subtitles (if language is used).
3. Submission must not exceed 2 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 (NAPF), or their immediate family members, are not eligible for a prize.
7. Video can be any type (traditional video, animation, flash, etc.).
8. Winners will be 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.
11. The contest is open to people of all ages from all over the world. You can enter as an individual, or as a group.

How to Enter

There are no fees to enter the contest. Once your video is finished, upload it to us via We Transfer by following the instructions below.

1. Go to the contest's We Transfer page.
2. Click on "Add Files" (your file must be less than 20GB in size).
3. In the "Your Email" field, enter the email address where you would like to receive confirmation from us.
4. In the "Message" field, enter your full name and the video title.
5. The contest administrator will post your video to the contest's Facebook page. We will send you a confirmation email within one business day.
6. Like and follow the contest's Facebook page to watch all of the videos as they are posted.

Copyright Information

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 prize.

Judging

A committee of filmmakers, educators, and activists 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.

2017 Winning Videos

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2017 Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest. Click here to view the winning videos from 2017.

Additional Resources

Here are a few resources that you might look at as you think about the content of your video:

1. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Facebook page.
2. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
3. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Sunflower newsletter, which contains many of each month's top nuclear-related stories.

Poetry Contest

2017 Award Announcement

The winners of the 2017 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards have been announced. Click here to read the winning poems.

The 2018 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 July 1, 2018.

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

Deadline

All entries must be postmarked (or emailed) by July 1, 2018.

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) - $5
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. 
6. Click here to pay your $5 entry fee online.
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, 2018 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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