NPWJ Writing Contest on LGBTI rights in the MENA Region and the Arab Spring

1 May, 2012 | Press Releases

Registration deadline extended until 15 May 2012

Dear applicants, dear writers, we would like to inform you that the registration deadline for the writing contest has been postponed.

If you haven’t already done it, you can register until 15 May 2012, sending your personal coordinates and a brief outline of the planned essay to

Please note that the deadline for the final submission (30 June 2012) remains unchanged.

We are at your disposal for any other information.

No Peace Without Justice, in cooperation with the radical association Certi Diritti and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) is launching a writing contest on LGBTI rights in the MENA Region and the Arab Spring/Jasmine Revolution: “The people demand the end of discrimination”.

The contest is open to MENA Region individual activists and associations with an interest in LGBTI rights.

Participants are required to write an essay, paper or article addressing whether and how the Arab Spring/Jasmine Revolution has affected LGBTI Rights and/or how LGBTI rights activists have contributed to the democracy movement. In particular, they should be able to underscore whether the Arab Spring has led to any developments, be they positive or negative, in the field of LGBTI rights in their countries.

The selection and shortlist of the best contributions will be done by an international jury of eminent personalities in human rights field.

Short-listed essays will be published even under pseudonym if necessary and promoted by No Peace Without Justice. The top three submissions will each receive a monetary prize of 700 USD each.

Participants need to register by Tuesday 15 May 2012 by mail to, with a brief description (between 100 and 300 words) of the essay, name (individual or organization), age, email, city and country. Only participants registered by 15 May 2012 will be able to take part in the writing contest.
Essays will be between 2000 and 3500 words, and are due on 30 June 2012.
Participants’ personal information will be kept in the strictest confidence and essays can be published under a pseudonym if preferred. However, No Peace Without Justice will need the real names and addresses of participants in order to transfer funds and comply with copyright requirements.

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For further information on the writing contest click here