High School juniors and seniors may enter by submitting an original piece of fiction, poem or essay (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:
"In 1953, U.S. President and World War II Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower said, 'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.' How is this statement relevant today?"
The Oregon Chapter of Phyicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is the U.S. affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Part of its mission is to educate the public on the grave threats posed by the health effects of war and nuclear weapons. PSR sponsors the writing contest to encourage Oregon's youth to consider their role in promoting a peaceful and just world for all.
Entry forms, a flyer and all peace writing contest details can be found on the OR-PSR website at http://www.oregonpsr.org . Submissions may be sent by e-mail or U.S. mail and are due by February 3, 2012.
A panel of judges consisting of distinguished writers and community leaders will select the three winning entries. The first prize winner will receive an award of $1,000; the second $750 and the third $500.
Oregon PSR will host an awards dinner on March 31 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, at which the three winners will be honored and the winning entry will be read. This awards ceremony will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Helen Caldicott, internationally recognized physician, author and anti-nuclear activist.
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