West Suburban Peace Coalition opens 2021 Peace Essay Contest

Updated 1/13/2021 12:19 PM

The West Suburban Peace Coalition announces the 2021 Peace Essay Contest with $1,000 to be awarded for the best entry that promotes knowledge of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact and the cause of peace.

Second-place prize is $500 and third place, $300.


The coalition sponsors the contest annually as a way to commemorate and to promote awareness of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, the first international agreement that outlawed war.

Representing their respective countries, U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand signed the pact Aug. 27, 1928.

A total of 63 nations joined the pact, making it the most ratified treaty in history at that time.

The pact served as the model for war crime trials following World War II.

It also ended the legality of any territory seized in illegal war, something accepted throughout history until Kellogg-Briand.

To enter the contest and receive contest rules, send an email by June 1 with "Peace Essay Request" in the subject box, to contest coordinator Walt Zlotow at zlotow@hotmail.com.

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You must include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and age (if younger than 18). Your acceptance as a contestant will be acknowledged in an email that contains your assigned four-digit essay number.

There are no restrictions regarding the age of contestants or their country of residence.

For information, contact Walt Zlotow at (630) 442-3045 or zlotow@hotmail.com

The West Suburban Peace Coalition is a nonprofit peace organization based in Chicago's western suburbs. It promotes peace through public witness, peace education, an annual peace essay contest and lobbying for peaceful legislative initiatives.

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