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2015 Young Writers Contest Now Open!

Meet our 2015 Young Writers Contest Judges

Antonya Nelson, Fiction

Antonya Nelson with dogAntonya Nelson is the author of four novels, including Bound (Bloomsbury, 2010) and seven short story collections, including Funny Once (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a USA Artists Award in 2009, the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction, as well as NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Telluride, Colorado, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas.

Steve Almond, Nonfiction

Steve Almond, 2015 Nonfiction JudgeSteve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. His memoir Candyfreak was a New York Times Bestseller. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.



Stephen Kuusisto, Poetry

Stephen Kuusisto, 2015 Poetry JudgeStephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. He currently directs the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker on disability and diversity issues around the US and abroad.

2015 Young Writers Contest

  • Deadline for submission is March 1st, 2015 at midnight (Mountain Time).
  • There is no fee for participation.
  • Writers, ages 13-19, may submit in one of three categories – poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Ages are counted from the entry date, and entrants are required to show proof of age, but those images are never shared publicly.
  • Winners and published finalists will be asked to submit an author’s photograph and biography. We encourage you to explore the winners’ pages on the site to see the type of information and pictures the authors share.
  • The contest is open internationally, but all submissions must be written in English and submitted with the completed form. Both American and British English are accepted.
  • All participants, and their teacher/mentor will receive a certificate of participation. Certificates will be mailed by April 1st.

In all divisions your work should attempt to:

  • Show day to day life.
  • Show family relations and friendships.
  • Show outside forces at work (ie. weather, government/politics, social pressures, etc.)
  • Avoid stereotypes and generalizations.  Dig beneath the surface to explore common humanity and universal themes.

View the complete guidelines at https://writingforpeace.org/2015-contest-guidelines/


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The War Production Canzon, by Stephen Kuusisto

Sam Hamill, Writing for Peace AdviserCommemorating Ten Years of Poetic Resistance, PAW Post No. 11

During the month of February, Writing for Peace  commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with Daily PAW Posts from a host of contributors.

*Parental Guidance Warning –The poets featured during our February Daily PAW Posts write of war and its effect on the human heart. Writing for Peace has not censored these poems, and we encourage parents to review the content before sharing them with children.

To purchase a copy of POETS AGAINST THE WAR from Powell’s independent bookstore, click here.

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The War Production Canzon

by Stephen Kuusisto

“Whirlpool: Imagine It”

–advertising slogan

I have come at last
To understand
The power
Of my dishwasher:
I use it
To bring back
The dead!
Don’t kid yourself
The dead
Live on
In proximity
To machines
And why shouldn’t
My dishwasher
A Tibetan
A “Bardo-matic”
Soul cleanser?
I set the dial
To “Advanced Patriotism”
Making sure
To add
The Orphic spot remover,
Let the falling
Of the unreal dead
Wash backwards
Into history
With the fused stones
And magic gems
Of unfathomable
And how quietly
My dishwasher
The Pythagorean

The mathematic
Flesh and bone
Leaf pattern,
Scarlet berries,
My good
My Whirlpool
From RCA,
A corporation
Heavily invested
In weapons
Of mass destruction
My death-ray
Raises up
Out of the mineral earth
Who once
Were buyer
And seller,
And victim,
Foot soldiers,
Iraqi children,
You get the picture
My dishwasher,
Makes a sound
Like wings
And washes out
All the blood drenched,
Of the rascals
Who live
By killing
You and me.

Stephen Kuusisto, Writing for Peace Guest Poet

About Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is a graduate of Hobart College and the “Writer’s Workshop” at the University of Iowa. He has studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Finland and currently directs the Renée Crown University Honors Program at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He speaks widely on literature, diversity, disability, education, and public policy.  He is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His debut collection of poems Only Bread, Only Light, was published in 2000 by Copper Canyon Press. Recognized by the New York Times as “a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor,” Steve has made numerous appearances on programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the BBC. His latest book Letters to Borges is brand new from Copper Canyon.

Visit his website at: www.stephenkuusisto.com


Writing for Peace News:

All during the month of February, Writing for Peace is commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with a Daily PAW Post. If you are interested in arranging a reading this month in honor of Poets Against the War, please contact us with the details at editor@writingforpeace.org, and we will be happy to share your information on our site.

2013 Young Writers Contest

The Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest is in full swing, with entries coming in from all over the globe.  The contest is open to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, for ages 13 to 19. Contest deadline is March 1st, 2013. Spread the word to young writers everywhere! You’ll find contest guidelines here.

DoveTales,  An International Journal of the Arts

The first issue of DoveTales will be released this month, featuring poets, writers, artists and photographers from all over the world.  We are also looking forward to seeing the winners of our 2012 Young Writers Contest in print. Watch our posts for news of the journal’s release. The new submission guidelines will go up on March 1st. Thank you for your support!



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