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The Raving Dove of Hope Award
A writing competition for Oregon high school students


Raving Dove Literary Journal, based in Oregon, is proud to present The Raving Dove of Hope Award, a nonfiction essay competition open to Oregon high school students, all grades, about the importance of nondiscrimination.

This Award has been made possible by a grant from the Equity Foundation, located in Portland, Oregon. There is no entry fee.

Grand Prize: $800 U.S., publication at Raving Dove, and publicity
Two Honorable Mentions: $100 each, publication at Raving Dove, and publicity
Three Merit Awards: Publication at Raving Dove

All essays will be published at this Web site on December 31, 2009.

Content Guidelines
Nonfiction essays up to 800 words max will be eligible with sentiments that reflect the importance of nondiscrimination. This includes sexual orientation, gender, race, or any other form of discrimination and bigotry.

Please submit entries that are original, written by you, unpublished, and unrecognized in any other competition.

Entries will be judged equally on excellence of writing and the ability to effectively communicate the theme of nondiscrimination.

Submission Period
Entries will be accepted through November 30, 2009.

Number of Essays Permitted per Writer

Any student enrolled in an Oregon high school (public, private, charter), any grade, is eligible to participate.

Official Competition E-Mail Address:

ravingdoveaward @ (do not insert spaces)

Feel free to send your essay either in the body of the e-mail or as a Word attachment. Please do not send regular journal submissions to this address. See our submissions page for Raving Dove's standard guidelines.

To Be Included With Entries
Full name, address, primary e-mail address, name of high school, and grade level.

Raving Dove's editor and board of directors will serve as judges. Total number of judges: five.

Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced at on December 31, 2009. A press release with the grand prize winner's name and essay will be submitted to Oregon's major media outlets, plus the winner's local newspaper, TV station, and radio station, subject to approval of winner. (Raving Dove cannot guarantee press coverage.)

Publication of Winning Essay and Honorable Mentions/Publishing Rights
Participants give permission for the winning entry and honorable mentions to be featured on Raving Dove's Web site. Raving Dove will acquire one-time, first North American and Internet rights. Should the winning essay and honorable mentions be used in other venues after the close of the competition, mention of Raving Dove would be appreciated.

Author retains copyright to submission.

If you have any questions about this Award, feel free to send an e-mail to ravingdoveadmin @ (do not insert spaces). Correspondence is generally answered within 48 hours.

We respect your privacy. Raving Dove will not share contestant information with outside parties.

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Raving Dove's Mission Statement

Raving Dove is an online literary journal whose mission is to share thought-provoking poetry and prose that champions human rights and social justice´┐Żand opposes physical and psychological violence in all its forms, including war, discrimination against sexual orientation, and every shade of bigotry. Raving Dove, founded in 2004, is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian endeavor, published quarterly.

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