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Peace writing contest open to Oregon teens

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces the fifth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, sponsored by Oregon PSR and named for Del Greenfield, our first executive director. Any 11th or 12th grade high school student in Oregon may enter by submitting an original essay, poem, or narrative work (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:

“The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the Columbia River, was a major nuclear weapons production facility. It is where the plutonium was developed for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and it is now considered the most toxic site in the Western Hemisphere. Why does Hanford matter?”

Submissions may be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail and are due by Friday, March 8, 2013. A panel of judges comprised of noted authors and distinguished community members will select the three winning entries. The first prize winner will receive a scholarship award of $1,000, the second $750 and the third $500.

Oregon PSR will host an awards ceremony on Friday, May 3rd at the Ecotrust Building in Portland at which the three winners will be honored.

The awards will be given as part of the opening reception for the Particles on the Wall art and literature exhibit, which deals with the historic consequences of the nuclear age and Hanford, in particular.

Visit the organization’s website at oregonpsr.org for more information and entry forms.

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