- RUMI & CLARKE Inspirational Writing
& CLARKE Inspirational Writing Awards
- Light Millennium" <email@example.com>
Invitation to Schools & Educational
Institutions for Participation in:
- RUMI & CLARKE INSPIRATIONAL WRITING
An Anticipated Annual Project
(In this page
- Full text)
Time frame of the project
- Anticipated Events
- Designating the Award Winners
- Who will be awarded?
- Prerequisites for
- Minimum words required for essays
- Suggested Sources for Inspiration
Light Millennium ("LM") is proud
to launch its new "RUMI &
CLARKE Inspirational Writing Awards Project"
as an OPEN CALL TO ALL globally
in conjunction with educational institutions
and after school programs at local levels.
This unique project coincides with the
800th Birthday of Mevlana Celaleddin
Rumi (1207 - 1273), which is also
inspired by internationally 2007-RUMI
YEAR (UNESCO), and legendary living author
and scientist Arthur C. Clarke's 90th
Birthday (December 16, 2007).
"Awards" part of the
program solely aims to encourage and involve
students actively in inspirational writing
process based on RUMI & CLARKE's visions
with a hope that RUMI & CLARKE's visions
will help connect students at both local
and global levels with Eastern and Western
philosophies and will greatly serve removing
prejudice from both parts towards one
another as well as from students' minds.
For this very reason, this project has
both local and global purpose and perspective.
For the local part of the project, we
are seeking to collaborate with schools/educational
institutions at levels from elementary
and after school programs (from elementary
to high schools) to college and universities.
The Light Millennium is honored and excited
to present an annual Writing Awards Project
which will build a bridge between the
13th Century Middle Eastern philosopher
and poet Mevlana Celaleddin RUMI, and
a Western visionary, pioneer scientist
and legendary author Sir Arthur C. CLARKE,
who has marked the 20th and 21st centuries
with his visions. This project aims to
encourage children and youth, from elementary
school to the university levels, to generate
positive ideas with regard to connecting
the East & West. Through a writing
contest based upon RUMI's & CLARKE's
visions in literature, arts, science,
and the future, LM endeavors to foster
a bridge between EAST & WEST, which
will promote mutual understanding, as
well as cultural exchange and enrichment
among the young generation. With
the "Awards" part of the project,
we encourage young people from all ways
of life to be part of this project, in
a celebration of these "Two
Universal Men"s Visions.
For the first year (2007), we aim to collaborate
with at least one elementary, one middle,
and one high school, as well as one college
or university. However, the project
will be open to ALL globally via On-Line
submissions and to all students from elementary
to university level.
We would be interested in collaborating
with your educational institution for
procuring writing submissions from your
Time frame of the project:
-Fall 2006 Issue of the Light Millennium>
Launching it via Internet and promoting
it on the organization's Web site
-Deadlines for e-publications of the submissions
(all submissions will be posted to the
Light Millennium's Web site or on a newly
dedicated Web site for this project, and
selection will be made based on all submissions
within each school category.) Tentatively
closing date for participations/open submissions
is October 23, 2007:
Submissions will be posted into below
issues according to submitted dates:
For the LM's 7th Anniversary Issue:
- Deadline: March 15, 2008
For the Fall-07 Issue:
- Deadline: October 15, 2008
We aim to organize 2 events based on this
project and all related submissions:
1) In collaboration with the Department
of Public Information at the United Nations
- In December 2008 or Spring 2009,
2) An Awards Ceremony during the first
week of December 2009 or Spring 2009.
* * * * *
Awards will be given to the students who
best contribute to connect RUMI &
CLARKE's visions, linking East/West as
well as presenting ideas on either removing
prejudice both from Eastern and Western
cultures or helping understand each other
better. The pieces which reflect these
qualities in an inspirational and original
approach will be recognized, promoted
in all the follow up publications/activities
of the organization as well as be awarded.
Designating the Award Winners:
- All submissions will be posted to the
Light Millennium/or to a newly designed
and dedicated independent Web site for
this project based on available sponsorship.
- The pre-selection from each category
up to 10, will be made by the LM-BoD &
Representatives and also by taking into
consideration any suggestions made by
the Light Millennium's readers we may
have via e-mail.
- An On-Line Panel/Juror Committee will
be formed by experts, academicians and
professionals within the fields of science,
literature, and arts such as photo-essay.
The final decision will be made by the
jurors based on the first selected 10
submissions for each category of school
in order to designate the Award Winners.
Who will be awarded?
The awards will be given to:
- 3 Students (1 from Elementary; 1 from
Junior High School; 1 from High School):
The content of the award TBA
- 2 Students from university/college:
The content of the awards TBA
Based on available sponsorships, additional
awards will be provided such as:
- A published/printed book from selected
pieces based on RUMI & CLARKE Inspirational
Writing Project submissions: If this is
possible, we aim to present the book to
the first 10 finalists of each category
at the Awards Ceremony during the first
week of December 2007.
- Based on available funds, both projected
events (the UN & Awards Ceremony)
will be video-taped, and following the
completion of its editing, a DVD copy
will be presented/sent to all the presenters
and contributors of the two projected
- A "Participation Certification"
will be presented by the Light Millennium
organization to the first 10 finalists
from each category.
- An Awards Ceremony will be organized
to honor and recognize the winners publicly
and in the media, and the awarded pieces
will be presented during both events by
- Based on each new collaboration or sponsorship,
all submitted pieces will be announced
through the organization's Web site as
well as over the Internet.
Prerequisites for submissions:
- NO ENTRY FEE, and each students
could participate up to 3 pieces..
- Elementary and Middle School participants
must read from both RUMI & CLARKE
at least three essays and three poems.
High School and Collegeparticipants must
read from both RUMI & CLARKE at least
Participants should develop their ideas
and connect those with East/West as well
as their own perspective. Each submitted
piece (essay, article, poem, story, fiction,
interview, any format students choose)
should reflect at least two quotes/ideas
from both RUMI & CLARKE. Students
may choose/refer to more than two ideas/quotes
from each if they wish.
Minimum words required for essays:
* Elementary Schools (4 & 5th
grade - age 9-12): 300-600 words
* Junior High Schools
(age 12-15): 350-600 words
* High Schools/ Equivalents (age
15-18): 600-800 words
* College/University students
(age 18 - 25): 1000-1500 words
- Required length for poetry: From
one stanza up to maximum 2 pages.
- Language (for Awards part of
the project): English
- Language (for open On-Line
participations): English & Turkish
(Turkish submissions will be e-published
- Font: 12; Arial or Verdana.
- Writing Style: Free
- Submissions: Free
All submissions should be sent with a
Word or Text file attachment via e-mail,
including a brief biography of the participants
(150-200 words) and a jpeg portrait with
his/her full name, school, grade &
age information, e-mail and mailing address.
To have your school participate in this
exciting project, please see the contact
information provided below:
Suggested sources for Inspiration:
-By Mevlana Celaleddin RUMI: The
Essential RUMI, Translation by Coleman
- By Metin and Talat Sait Halman: Mevlana
Celaleddin Rumi and The Whirling
Dervishes' Sufi Philosophy - Whirling
Rituals - Poems of Ecstasy - Miniature
Paintings. (1992) Editor: Salim Sengil.
-By Sir Arthur C. CLARKE: Childhood's
End (Editions: 1953, 1990, 2001) &
Profiles of the Future. (Editions:
1963, 1972, 1982)
Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!
Collected Essays 1934-1998 (December 2000)
Students' own choices over the Internet
or their own searches are WELCOME.
Note: We will be seeking two co-producers
and assistants, and also volunteers and
interns who are willing to help us connect
with various schools for this project
follow by it is fully introduced/launched
on the LM's Web site and over the Internet.
Project Concept, Producer & Director:
Co-Producer: Figen Bingül
For more information please e-mail to:
-- Please type in your subject line as:
RUMI & CLARKE.
* Project created and proposed by Bircan
Ünver, Light Millennium A Charitable
- Public Benefit Organization; http://lightmillennium.org;
* The organization has associated
Department of Public Information of the
United Nations effective on December
12, 2005, and seeking collaborations to
involve of students to the United Nations
based on projects.
"YOU ARE THE SOUL OF THIS GLOBAL
PLATFORM & WE ARE FOR THE GREATNESS
IN HUMANITY." -
Since August 1999 - New York.