2019 writing competition


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The Green Olive Collective is launching a writing competition and you are invited to share your thoughts with our community! There are cash prizes to be won and author Gershon Baskin has kindly agreed to act as our judge.

Our judge - Jerusalem Post columnist Gershon Baskin

How to enter

The theme for the topic is broad: "Reflections on my trip to Israel-Palestine". You might like to tell us your views on the country, and how they changed during your trip. You might have some novel idea for a potential solution to the ongoing conflict here. Or perhaps you have a reaction to the Peace to Prosperity conference held recently in Bahrain?

Whichever subject you chose, the article must be in English and between 500 and 750 words.

Then submit your article, before August 30, at this link.

  • Total prize money of US$600, including a grand prize of $300 for the winning submission.
  • Signed copies of In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine, the most recent book by peace activist Gershon Baskin.
  • All short listed articles will be published on the Green Olive blog, and the winning article will be distributed to the nearly 30000 Green Olive supporters around the world.
>> Submit your article here <<

    Terms and conditions

    1. The competition is open to anyone age 18 and over who has visited Palestine / Israel during the past five years.

    2. Closing date for receipt of all entries is midnight on Friday the 30th of August, 2019.

    3. To enter, submit your article consisting of 500-750 words via the official entry form.

    4. An initial shortlist will be selected on merit by a panel of reviewers appointed by Green Olive Tours (including at least one independent reviewer not affiliated with Green Olive Tours). The selected ten entries will then be open to voting by the public via the Green Olive Tours website. The winner will be chosen by independent judge, Gershon Baskin, from the three entries receiving the most votes.

    5. The author's name (with permission) and country will be published along with their article. Contact information is for the use of Green Olive Tours only and will not published.

    6. Public voting will begin on Friday 13th September 2019 and terminate on Friday 27th September 2019. To be eligible to vote, you must submit a unique email address and vote on our official website. Only one vote is allowed per person.

    7. The winners will be announced via the Green Olive Tours website by the 4th of October 2019 and informed via contact information provided with the entry.

    8. The winner will receive a prize package consisting of $300 USD (payable via PayPal or wire transfer) along with a signed copy In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine by Gershon Baskin. Second prize will receive $200 USD and a copy of the book. Third prize will received $100 USD and a copy of the book.

    9. The winning article will be published in the October 2019 Green Olive Tours newsletter that is distributed to almost 30000 people throughout the world. 

    10. Green Olive Tours reserves the right to publish any entry on its website now and at any time in the future. Authors retain the copyright and can subsequently publish elsewhere, with an attribution and link back to Green Olive Tours.

    11. Entries limited to one per person. 

    12. Email addresses provided during entry or voting will be used solely by Green Olive Tours and will not be disclosed to any third parties. Newsletters and other correspondence that we send have a clearly indicated 'unsubscribe' link which can be done at any time.

    13. There is no alternative to the prizes offered. 

    14. If for any reason a winner is unable to accept the prize as offered, Green Olive Tours reserves the right to award the prize to the next best entry. 

    15. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    These terms and conditions may be changed at the discretion of the organizers.


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    1. Hello! It's not midnight yet and it says articles can no longer be submitted :(

      1. The same happened to me!I'm In Sweden and here the time is 11 Pm and it's already closed...

    2. Hello, I thought that the deadline was 11:59pm on Friday August 30th but it says the form is already closed. I was about to submit my essay, is it possible to open back up the form for me to submit?

    3. Please note that due to differences in time zones, the competition deadline has been extended by 24 hours


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