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.


  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • 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

  • dalailama

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

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate