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

2017 Contest: The Most Dangerous Period in Human History

The world’s nine nuclear-armed nations still possess nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons. Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, showed impulsiveness, irrational behavior and a lack of understanding of nuclear weapons. Now he has control of the United States’ vast nuclear arsenal. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved its “Doomsday Clock” to 2 ½ minutes to midnight.

Contestants made videos of 2 ½ minutes or less about why this is the most dangerous period in human history, and what can be done to take civilization back from the brink.

2017 Winning Videos

1st Place: "A World Built on a Box of Matches" by Jonathan Blanton


2nd Place: "2.5 Minutes Till Midnight" by Jorge Sanchez


3rd Place: "Pandora" by Emily Johnston


Honorable Mentions: "Anima Mundi" by Toussaint Louverture, "Will Nuclear Weapons End Us All?" by Karl Henderson, "The Marshall Islands" by Nate Superczynski

Contest Administration

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

2016 Winning Videos

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2016 Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest. Click here to view the winning videos from 2016.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the work of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, check out:

1. Our Facebook page.
2. "The Most Dangerous Period in Human History," an article by NAPF President David Krieger.
3. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Sunflower newsletter, which contains many of each month's top nuclear-related stories.

Poetry Contest

2016 Award Announcement

The winners of the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards have been announced. Click here to read the winning poems.

The 2017 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 has been extended to July 1, 2017.

The 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, 2017.

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, 2017 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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