Raving Dove Literary Journal Announces $800 Raving Dove of Hope Award

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Nonfiction essay contest about nondiscrimination is offered to all Oregon high school students. Complete guidelines can be found at Raving Dove's Web site, at http://www.ravingdove.org.

It's hard to believe that in 2009 the psychological violence of bigotry continues.

Raving Dove, an Oregon-based nonprofit literary journal that espouses nonviolence, is launching the Raving Dove of Hope Award, a nonfiction essay competition open to all Oregon high school students, all grades. The theme is the importance of nondiscrimination as it pertains to sexual orientation, gender, race, or any other form of discrimination and bigotry. The grand prize is $800, publication at Raving Dove, and publicity. Two honorable mentions will each receive $100, publication at Raving Dove, and publicity. Three merit award honorees will win publication at the journal. The Raving Dove of Hope Award has been made possible by a grant from Equity Foundation, located in Portland, Oregon. There is no entry fee.

Raving Dove began publication in 2004 as an online pro-peace literary journal, using poetry and prose to address world conflicts. Raving Dove's mission recently expanded to include messages against psychological violence, including the hatred, both subtle and aggressive, of the many types of diversity that exist. Raving Dove founder Jo-Ann Moss writes, "It's hard to believe that in 2009 the psychological violence of bigotry continues."

Raving Dove showcases work from a broad spectrum of talent--both novice and professional. Educator and poet Burgess Stanley Needle, from Tucson, Arizona, says, "Raving Dove is a powerful vehicle for social justice that creatively presents itself within a tapestry of fine literature." Unlike many of today's blogs with similar themes, the journal is nonpartisan and nonsectarian in nature. Moss points out that the poetry, essays, creative nonfiction and fiction presented are chosen for the strength of their artistry in exposing the highs and lows of historical, cultural, and humanitarian issues and events.

The Raving Dove of Hope Award is a natural evolution of the 5-year-old journal. The goal is for high school students throughout Oregon to step forward and speak out about the importance of nondiscrimination during a time in their lives when their words carry a lot of weight amongst their peers. Besides fueling social change, winners will have the opportunity to mention the award on college applications.

Essays will be accepted during the months of October and November. Winners will be announced and essays presented at Raving Dove's Web site on December 31. Complete guidelines can be found at http://www.ravingdove.org.

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