We are inviting submissions to our annual 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 use this art form to advance a message of peace and disarmament.

There are three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. The deadline for entries is July 15, 2024. 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 Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.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 15, 2024.

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 You may submit up to three unpublished poems.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 You may submit up to three unpublished poems.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 You may submit up to three unpublished poems.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, 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.

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 Send two copies of up to three typed unpublished poems.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. Title each poem.
4. Do not staple individual poems together.
5. Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.
6. Send entries and entry fee (if applicable) to:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
David Krieger House
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 15th, 2024 on the NAPF website. Winners will be notified by email and/or mail. Past years’ winning poems can be found here.