- Tell us your views.
- How did they change during your trip?
- What is Palestine - Israel? - You decide.
- You can make us laugh, cry, sympathetic or angry.
- We want to see your definition of the country, based on your experiences - not a 'solution' to the conflict, or a 'future peace scenario', but a personal view of what the country is now, based on your experiences with the people.
- Think about your moment of change or evolution in your thinking. It could have been meeting a refugee, a conversation with a local resident, seeing the WALL for the first time, witnessing a checkpoint, meeting Israelis or Palestinians, or a night out in Tel Aviv or Ramallah. We are looking for a personal approach.
- Follow our guidelines.
- Please title your entry.
- Entries should be between 500-750 words in length and your own original work.
- Entries not consisting of 500-750 words, not submitted via the official entry form and/or containing plagiarized work, will not be considered.
- Entries must be received no later than midnight Friday, 16th November, 2012.
- The Judging Process
- Semi-finalists: Ten entries will be selected for public voting by a panel of reviewers.
- You will be informed via email if your entry is selected
- The ten semi-finalists will be listed on our website on Friday 23rd November and promote voting via the website, newsletter and Social Media until Friday 7th December 2012.
- Finalists: The three entries receiving the most votes be become finalists and move on to judging by a professional travel writer.
- The competition winner will be announced on Friday 21st December, 2012.
Sarah Irving is a British freelance writer and editor specialising in the Middle East, travel, and the arts. She first visited Palestine/Israel in 1996 and has worked in Palestine as a human rights observer, fair trade product buyer, tour guide, journalist and travel writer on regular occasions since 2001. She is the author of three books on Palestine, including the Bradt Guide to Palestine, the most widely-available English-language guidebook to the West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities within Israel. She believes deeply in the contribution that ordinary people meeting ordinary Palestinians and Israelis, and seeing the situation on the ground for themselves can make to the international movement for a just and lasting peace in the region. All the entries to the competition will be loaded onto the Green Olive web site for you to enjoy, as per our Terms and Conditions.