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Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing Contest

The Pulitzer Center is partnering with Helium to get your voice heard on important global issues often under-reported in US media.

The Pulitzer Center is partnering with Helium to get your voice heard on important global issues often under-reported in US media. The winning essay will be showcased on our website, and the winner will receive a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award.

When selecting the winner from the top ranked entries on Helium, the Pulitzer Center values vivid, well-articulated essays that reflect insight, a clear point of view and, where appropriate, original reporting. Anything fictionalized or not based on the writer's own observations should be clearly marked.

Note: The views expressed in the articles published on the websites of Helium and of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of the Pulitzer Center or its staff.

Global Maternal Health Writing Contest

In June 2010, the Pulitzer Center again partnered with Helium to produce the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing Contest. In this round, contestants were challenged with the following prompt:

Hundreds of thousands of women die each year due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. What are the first steps to making a difference?

World Water Day Writing Contest

In March 2010, the Pulitzer Center again partnered with Helium to produce the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing contest. In this round, contestants were challenged to craft essays related to international water issues with the following prompt:

Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation claims 4,500 lives a day. What should we do about it?

Read winning World Water Day writing contest essay by Winn Mete

Pulitzer Center announces winner of Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award for Maternal Health writing contest

In July 2010, the Pulitzer Center again partnered with Helium to produce the ninth round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices writing contest. Contestents were challenged with the following prompt:

Hundreds of thousands of women die each year due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. What are the first steps to making a difference?

Winning essay by: Alexandra Fielden

"No woman should die giving life." – UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.

Round seven: Winning essays

In July 2009, the Pulitzer Center again partnered with Helium to produce round seven of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing Contests. Contestents chose from writing prompts and crafted essays regarding the most pressing international issues of the day.

Top round seven winners based their essays on the following question:

With mounting violence, a surge in Taliban support and growing numbers of displaced persons making front-page news in Pakistan, are we getting an accurate picture of realities on the ground?