26 Pebbles Peace Essay Contest

In conjunction with Richmond Civic Theater's production of 26 Pebbles, the three Quaker meetings in Richmond (West Richmond Friends, First Friends, and Clear Creek) are sponsoring a peace essay contest for high school seniors who plan to attend college in Fall 2020. The prize is a $1000 award.

The submission deadline is April 15, 2020.

To participate in the contest, please do at least one of the following:

❏ Make use of the resource packet available at https://iue.libguides.com/RippleEffect2020

❏ Read the 26 Pebbles script, available at Morrisson-Reeves Library, IU East Library, Centerville Public Library, and Two Sisters Bookstore.

❏ Attend the play (April 4-6 at RCT). Student tickets are $5.

❏ Attend one of the Ripple Effect Education and Outreach Events.

Prompt: Choose ONE of the following

  1. Write a letter to Congress (or to the school board or to a local newspaper) that conveys your position about gun violence and what you think should be done about it.
  2. Write an essay about how communities could come together non-violently to prevent gun violence.
  3. Write an essay about how an epidemic of gun violence threatens peaceful civil society in the United States.

Selection criteria:

The essays must be original. The writing must be clear and persuasive. The winning essay will address one or more of the values embraced by the three Quaker meetings in Richmond: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Sustainability. Submissions should be made here.

Essays received after the April 15 deadline, will be disqualified.