Call for submissions for the 3rd edition of the Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize

– Innovative ideas for leading peacemakers –

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd edition of the Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize, an essay competition seeking innovative responses to today’s peacemaking challenges.

The contest

Mediating an end to armed conflict has become increasingly complex. To reach an agreement, peacemakers today have to navigate volatile contexts that require concerted efforts across multiple fronts. The Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize offers an opportunity to address the challenges posed by this evolving landscape and seeks essays which explore creative strategies for mitigating conflict. Submissions should be practice-oriented and address a geographic or thematic issue relevant to peacemakers.

The winning entry will be published as part of the briefing material for the 2020 Oslo Forum, a pre-eminent retreat in the field of international peacemaking, which convenes the world’s top conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and peace-process actors to reflect on challenges and opportunities in the field of mediation. Previous participants have included António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Juan Manuel Santos, Fatou Bensouda, Thabo Mbeki and many others.

The opportunity

  • Promotion of your credentials as an innovative thinker in the field;
  • Exposure on a high-level platform for disseminating your ideas;
  • 1,000 Swiss Francs in prize money for the winning essay.

Criteria for entry

  • Submissions should take the form of an essay and address an audience of mediation practitioners and high-level decision-makers.
  • The maximum essay length is 2,000 words (12-point font, Times New Roman).
  • The essay must be properly referenced and cited (using Chicago-style citation and endnotes).
  • The essay must not have been published elsewhere.
  • The essay must be accompanied by:
    • A short paragraph (maximum 200 words) summarising the submission and explaining how it is an innovative contribution to the field.
    • A biography (maximum 100 words) of the author(s).

Submissions should be sent to osloforum@hdcentre.org by midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January 2020.

HD retains copyright for the winning entry of the Peacewriter Prize but can provide the author(s) with a written authorisation to release the paper elsewhere upon request. HD may contact the author(s) to request changes to a submission before awarding the Prize and also reserves the right not to award it. The competition is not open to current HD staff or consultants.

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