Dorothy Clarke Wilson Peace Writing Prize 2018

Dorothy Clarke Wilson of Orono, Maine was an internationally known peacemaker who was committed to writing on social issues and world peace.  To encourage today’s University of Maine students to share in the commitment, Dorothy Clarke Wilson established a $500 annual award for the most compelling written work on a peace related topic. This competition is open to all University of Maine students.

2018 Topic

“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”  

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top,” April 3, 1968

2018 Winner of the Dorothy Clarke Wilson Peace Writing Prize: Aliya Uteuova

Aliya Uteuova at MLK Breakfast
Left to Right: Lauren Seganos Cohen, Wilson Center Director; Aliya Uteuova, Peace Writing Prize Winner; Phyllis Brazee, Wilson Center Board President

Read her winning piece here:


2018 Honorable Mentions:
Emma Brickman
Maggie Aydlett
Kathyn Klebon
Sheldon Green

View last year’s topic and winners here.