January 29, 2013

IOA Opens Writing Competition to Non-Ombuds

The International Ombudsman Association is seeking submissions for its 2013 writing competition.  Anyone who has not worked as an Ombuds is eligible to enter and topics may anything relevant to the Organizational Ombuds profession. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and will be invited to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2014 to receive the award. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of the IOA.

The format has been revised from the initial contest in 2009.  Notably:
  • The format is now an open topic rather than a directed question;
  • Eligibility has been expanded from students to anyone not employed as an ombudsman; and
  • The deadline has been moved from November to June 1st, 2013.
Andrew Larratt-Smith, who won the first IOA Writing Competition and now serves as the Ombudsperson at UC Riverside, is coordinating the program.  He hopes practicing Ombuds will promote the competition, assist contestants, and serve as judges.  (IOA Writing Competition Announcement; IOA News.)

Related posts: First Annual IOA Student Writing Competition; IOA Announces First Winner of Student Writing Competition; Journal of IOA Publishes Latest Issue in Time for Annual Conference.

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