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The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards All Past Winners 2020 Winners

About

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization based in Santa Barbara, California, hosts an annual poetry contest called the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards.

The awards contest 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 Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest (now discontinued) was an annual contest in which contestants submitted short videos on a specific aspect of nuclear disarmament.

2020 Award Announcement

The winners of the 2020 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 2021 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

Poetry has a way of moving us past facts and immersing us into an experience. The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards encourages poets to do just that. There are three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2021.

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 Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.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, 2021.

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.

Procedures (to submit online)

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

Adults (Ages 19+)

  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 You may submit up to three unpublished poems.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 You may submit up to three unpublished poems.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 and entry fee (if applicable) to:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
1622 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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.

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 October 1, 2021 on the NAPF website. Winners will be notified by email and/or mail. Past years’ winning poems can be found here.

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