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Call for entries for the 2009 Susie Smith Memorial Prize
2009


The Susie Smith Memorial Prize is calling for entries for its 2009 award.

Oxfam Great Britain established the prize in 2008 to honour the life and work of Susie Smith who died in June 2006. Susie touched the lives of many people around the world in her 30-year career with Oxfam. In her later years with the organisation, she championed the cause of HIV and AIDS and pioneered new approaches to tackling the pandemic. With this prize, Oxfam wants to acknowledge and build on Susie's deep sense of justice and commitment to sub-Saharan African and her incredible talent and determination to challenge traditional thinking - especially about HIV and AIDS - wherever she found it.

The prize of 3,000 will be awarded to a single piece of published writing on HIV and AIDS from sub-Saharan Africa. Any type of writing (for example poetry, fiction, a play, an article or a chapter of a book) of up to 10,000 words, in English, and published since January 2006, will be eligible.

The judges will focus on two key elements: the quality of the piece itself (writing, analysis, insights) and evidence of impact of the writing in the media and/or with people, governments or other institutions.

All submissions must be received by 31 March 2009. Applicants should include a cover letter outlining what kind of impact the piece has had and/or what it has achieved. The winner is likely to be announced in July 2009. Applicants will be notified if they have made it through to the shortlist, but judges will be unable to advise any other applicants of the panel's decision and they will not be able to return any submissions received through the post.

All submissions and cover letter should be sent to:

Susie Smith Memorial Prize Submission
Oxfam Great Britain
Oxfam House
John Smith Drive
Oxford
OX4 2JY

or emailed to:

susiesmithmemorialprize@oxfam.org.uk

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