Fair Trade Essay Contest

[This essay contest took place in the spring of 2011, this page remains for informational purposes only.]

About the Contest
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The Center for Peace and Justice/Center for Global Studies (CPJ/CGS) at George Fox University announces an essay contest: “Fair Trade: A Market-based Approach to Sustainability and Justice.” The centers invite students from George Fox and students affiliated with Canaan Fair Trade in the Palestinian territories to participate.

The contest will award two prizes of $250. However, the greater aim is to enable students to experience interpersonal connection and dialogue with people of a different culture, belief system, and/or political affiliation. After essays are submitted, the CPJ/CGS will initiate an opportunity for discourse. The vision is that such dialogue will lead to more informed perceptions of unfamiliar perspectives or value systems, increased respect of another’s vantage point, and ultimately to social change that improves the spiritual and material conditions of human life.

Contest Guidelines

What is the subject of the essay?
Your essay should address the topic, “Fair Trade: A Market-based Approach to Sustainability and Justice” and should cover the basis, benefits, challenges, and specific impacts of fair trade. Please make sure to provide specific examples (from any region of the world).

How was the topic of ‘fair trade’ chosen?
Nasser Abufarha, the founder of Canaan Fair Trade, lectured in a CPJ forum in January, 2011. Abufarha, a PhD in cultural anthropology, shared how fair trade empowers Palestinian farmers to work with independent co-ops and produce a living from their farms again, eliminating middlemen and exploitive buyers (www.canaanusa.com). Not only do we want to engage in creating a more just world by encouraging socially responsible consumer choices, we seek to enrich our ongoing friendship between the Center for Peace and Justice and Canaan Fair Trade.

Who can enter?
The essay contest is open to students affiliated with Canaan Fair Trade and George Fox University. Entrants must be enrolled students in bachelors or master’s programs. They can be graduates of bachelor’s degrees, but cannot have yet earned master’s degrees.

The length of the essay?
Essays should be 2,000 - 2,500 words in length.

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What do I need to submit?
Submit an essay addressing “Fair Trade: A Market-based Approach to Sustainability and Justice” that is original, authentic, unpublished, solely composed by the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.

Personal information to be printed at the top of the essay:

  • First and last name
  • University and program
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Word count of essay

How should I submit my essay and entry form?
Essays must be submitted electronically. Send your essay by email as a MS Word (or similar program) attachment to peaceandjustice@georgefox.edu; include your contact information in the body of the email. The email subject heading should read, “Fair Trade 2011 Essay Contest.” If you have any problems submitting your essay, please contact Melanie Newell, CPJ/CGS coordinator, at mnewell@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2686.

Your essay will be uploaded to a CPJ website. You must reply to at least one reviewer’s insights or questions on your essay.

When is the deadline?
All submissions must be received electronically by July 1, 2011.

How will the essays be judged?
The essays will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and CPJ/CGS administrators on content, presentation, creativity, and, most importantly, relevance to and incorporation of the topic. Recommendations from the Canaan Fair Trade panel will be taken into significant consideration.

What are the prizes?
The selected winning student entry will win $250. The essay winners and honorable mentions will be posted on the Center for Peace and Justice’s website. Again, the greater aim of the essay contest is to create intercultural connections and dialogue.

About the Center for Peace and Justice
The Center for Peace and Justice has been in existence since 1985. Its purpose is to carry out its mission of preparing students to mirror the example of Christ in human relationships. The center focuses on educating and implementing core scriptural principles of loving God and neighbor.

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