Poetry Contest Winners to Be Announced on the International Day of Peace



Theme: "Words of meeting and universal consciousness"

Commemorating the International Day of Peace 2012

"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed." - Preamble of the Constitution of UNESCO (1945)


1. Objective: The egocentric ambitions by various interests, confrontations still used for different reasons, as well as natural and unnatural disasters seem to leave our planet at some times on the verge of collapse, but inside of us persists with intensity the longing for peace. We cannot ignore the effort and sacrifice of great men and women of all ages offering their lives for this cause. On their legacy and their basis of common values of all cultures and spiritual traditions, which testify to a universal brotherhood, a world of peace remains as an imperative, a possible goal, a task to accomplish, and an unavoidable moral duty.

It is hoped that this aspiration can be reflected in writings submitted to the International Poetry Competition “Words of meeting and universal consciousness” in commemoration of the International Day of Peace established by the UN in 1981 (Resolution 36/67), “devoted to. commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace in each nation and people and between them”

2. Formalities: The International Poetry Competition “Words of meeting and universal consciousness” is open to poets, artists, students, and anyone who feels inspired to express content with universal value about this topic. Each participant may submit up to two poems in Spanish, and they must state their personal information on the papers: Name, surname, and origin of the author (city, state, and country). Also a phone number and an e-mail where they can be informed of the evaluation of the jury in case theirs is a winning poem. The format is a poem written in verse which should fit on an A4-size paper, printed in 12 point type. The poem can be sent by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; posted by mail to: Tacuarí 202 - 8th Floor (C1071AAF) - Buenos Aires; or personally brought to this address Mondays to Fridays from 14.00 to 20.00.

3. Contest Launch: June 21, 2012.

4. Deadline for submission: Tuesday August 21, 2012. Jury Meeting: Monday August 27, 2012.

5. Jury: Prof. Bertha Bilbao Richter, professor at ISER, member of the Hispanic Cultural and Literary Institute (ILCH) and the SADE; Lic. Liria Guedes, writer and SADE’s Belt of Honor, member of the American Association of Poetry and of the ILCH; the writer Mabel Fontau, SADE’s Belt of Honor, member of the ILCH and of the People of Letters; the poet Donato Perrone, from the Ateneo Poético Argentino, coordinator of the Lyric Corner Café Tortoni, and representative of the Group Poets Livres of Santa Catarina (Brazil); and a local representative of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF); all of them are Ambassadors for Peace from UPF. The jury's decision is definitive and it shall have authority to resolve any issues not covered by these Rules.

6. Godmothers: Dr. Juana Alcira Arancibia, poet and writer, founder and president of the Hispanic Cultural and Literary Institute, and director-editor of the prestigious international literary magazine Alba de America; and the Brazilian poet Marina Fagundes Coello, bilingual writer (Portuguese-Spanish) of prominent cultural trajectory in South America and member of various literary circles of the region.

7. Prizes: The winning poem will be read by the author, or someone he or she designates, during the Awards Ceremony. He or she will also receive a certificate of recognition, and the poem will be publicized nationally and internationally. In addition, four Honorable Mentions, five Special Mentions, and two Mentions will be awarded with diplomas. Those who obtain a distinction will also receive books donated to the Sponsoring Organization of the competition.

8. Award ceremony: Delivery of awards will take place in the Celebration of the International Day of Peace, in an artistic-cultural-religious event commemorating the UN date (Resolution 36/67), organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) of Argentina on September 21. The details will be reported in due course.

9. Organization: UPF-Argentina, whose international mottos are: "The hope of all the ages is a unified world of peace" and "A global family centered on God," is the organizer of this fourth annual International Poetry Competition, sponsored by the International Educational Foundation.

10. Taking part in this Contest implies the acceptance of these Terms.

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