2021 Bethany Peace Essay Contest

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The Bethany Peace Essay Contest in made possible by the Jennie Calhoun Baker Endowment.

Civil Resistance and Nonviolent Social Change in an Increasingly Virtual World

More than five decades after civil resistance movements worldwide, communities local and global continue to be threatened by state-sanctioned violence. From movements in opposition to police brutality in Nigeria led by #ENDSARS and in the United States organized by #BlackLivesMatter, to the farmer protests in India and the pro-Navalny movement in Russia, people are joining in solidarity to rise up and demand a better world. How can we create and participate in nonviolent social change in an increasingly violent — and virtual — world?

Prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded for the top three essays.

Guidelines: The contest is open to full- and part-time students in  high school, college, seminary, and graduate school students who are en-route to a degree. International, ecumenical, and interfaith students are encouraged to participate. Limit one entry per person. Essays will not be returned to the participant.

Essays must be 1200 – 1500 words and double spaced. Please include a word count at the end of the essay. All essays must be written in English. Pages should be numbered and the title of the essay should appear on every page. Contestants must use citations when referencing or quoting someone else’s work. Citations must be consistent but do not need to follow a specific form. Essays must be previously unpublished (including websites and blogs). The writer’s name should not appear on the essay. Judging will be done blindly, and your essay will be identified by the title on each numbered page.

Please include contact information such as your phone number and email address with your submission.

Essay submissions must be received by May 15, 2021

Electronic submissions must be submitted as a .doc or .pdf file.

Electronic submissions using the form below are preferred.

All entries must follow these guidelines or they will not be considered for the competition.

Winners will be alerted by e-mail or telephone by June 30, 2021. After notification, each winner must complete proper tax documentation before receiving a monetary prize. If winner cannot be contacted s/he forfeits the prize. Winners will be announced to the public via press release from Bethany Theological Seminary. Bethany can assist winners in finding venues to publish their essays, if interested.

For more information, contact Susu Lassa, Bethany Theological Seminary, lassasu@bethanyseminary.edu

The Peace Essay contest is sponsored by Bethany’s Peace Studies program.