Writing competition

As the saying goes, the pen is mightier than the sword – and nuclear weapons. Why not hold a writing competition focused on nuclear weapons abolition? People could submit poems, essays or stories. You could publish the winning entries online or in a booklet.


  • Establish guidelines: Who can enter? What kinds of entries are accepted, e.g. poems, essays, fiction? Is there a word limit? Is there a topic?
  • Publicize the competition: Set a deadline for entries, and create flyers to promote it. Advertise the competition in your school newsletter. Encourage your friends to contribute.
  • Announce the winners: Arrange for a panel to judge the competition. This might include your school principal, your local member of parliament or an author.
  • Publish the winning entries: Arrange for the winning entries to be published in your school newsletter. And why not make them available online for the world to read?


Sample topics
  • I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons. Can you?
  • The abolition of nuclear weapons is the most urgent challenge of today.
  • Nuclear weapons are the worst kind of weapons. They must be abolished now.


  • sheen

    «Si Gandhi y Martin Luther King hijo estuvieran vivos hoy, formarían parte de ICAN».

    Martin Sheen Actor y activista

  • bankimoon

    «Felicito a ICAN por trabajar con tanto compromiso y creatividad en pos de un mundo libre de armas nucleares».

    Ban Ki-moon Secretario General de la ONU

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • hansblix

    “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

    Hans Blix Weapons inspector

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate

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