April 28, 2022
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
For the First Essay Contest on “Nuclear Weapons and Our Future” in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)
Young people between the ages of 16 and 29 are invited to submit an essay on “Nuclear Weapons and Our Future.” The sub-theme for 2022 is “What lessons should we learn from the crisis in Ukraine?” Please feel free to write your thoughts and innovative ideas.
Awards will be given for outstanding essays. One grand prize winner will participate in the award ceremony in Nagasaki on Saturday, September 24, 2022. A winner who resides within Japan will be invited to participate in person. If the winner resides overseas, he or she will be asked to participate online. The winning essays will also be published in the Nagasaki Shimbun newspaper.
• Ages between 16 and 29 (as of July 31, 2022)
• Any residence or nationality is welcome.
Please submit the following documents in PDF format by e-mail to
1. Application form
2. Your Essay. (Essays should be about 1000 words, in English, and must be original and unpublished.)
■Submission Deadline; July 31, 2022
You will receive a notice of receipt approximately one week after submission. If you do not receive a notice please contact us at the contact information below.
■ABOUT THE PRIZE
• Grand prize winner (one person) will receive a commemorative plaque, prize money of 50,000 yen, and, for a winner who resides in Japan, an invitation to the award ceremony in Nagasaki. (A winner who resides outside Japan will be invited to participate online.) A Nagasaki Peace Tour will be arranged for those who wish to participate.
• Second prize winners (two persons) will receive a commemorative plaque and prize money of 30,000 yen.
■AWARD SELECTION AND ANNOUNCEMENT
One Grand prize winner and two Second prize winners will be selected after strict screening by the selection committee. The committee members are:
• Yuichi SEIRAI, Akutagawa Award-winning author, visiting professor of RECNA (Chair)
• Kenji ISHIDA, Editorial Director, Nagasaki Shimbun newspaper, visiting professor of RECNA (Vice chair)
• Keiko NAKAMURA, Associate Professor of RECNA (Vice chair)
• Mei KOJIMA, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Nagasaki, reporter
• Tatsujiro SUZUKI, Vice Director of RECNA, professor
• Sumiko HATAKEYAMA, staff member of Peace Boat
• Ruiko MATSUNAGA, peace activist
Your Essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:
(1) Clarity, (2) Logical consistency, (3) Factual content, (4) Creativity and originality,
The results will be announced in mid-September of 2022 on the RECNA website and in the Nagasaki Shimbun newspaper.
Time and Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1 – 2 p.m.
Venue: Nagasaki University https://www.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/
The Grand Prize-winning essay will be published in full in the Nagasaki Shimbun newspaper at a later date. All winning essays will be published on the RECNA website.
Organized by the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA) and supported by Nagasaki Shimbun Newspaper
First Essay Contest on “Nuclear Weapons and Our Future” in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of RECNA
Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)
E-mail: recna_jimu＊ml.nagasaki-u.ac.jp（Please convert * into @.）