Poetry Competition



IHRC has launched its annual poetry competition this year leading up to Genocide Memorial Day. To witness the journey of a competition winner please view the video 'Visiting the Genocide'.

The competition is held every year as part of GMD, and there are an array of prizes to be won for winning entries. Contestants are encouraged to reflect the theme of 'protecting humanity from genocide‘ in their poem. Poems should be respectful of the topic.

First Prize: Paid trip to Bosnia with an accompanying adult. Includes flights, accommodation and meals. There they will be able to visit the sites of where some of the atrocities took place.

Second prize: £50 IHRC Bookshop voucher.

Third prize: £25 IHRC Bookshop Voucher.

All winners will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

CLOSING DATE:The closing date for this competition is 23 December 2017

Competition rules

IHRC recommends all entrants read the rules carefully before entering:

The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor IHRC staff will enter into any correspondence.


Winner - Stand By by Anisha Mehta and Ship 1971 by Tarzina Khatun

2nd Place - The Subhuman by Ifrah Bukhari and My Hazara People by Shukria Rezaei

3rd Place - One dimension by Luqman Reza


The winner of the poetry competition in 2012, Frano Vainio-Doiseul went to Bosnia and a brief documentary of his journey was made: ‘Visiting the Genocide’

Winner Who Am I by Frano Vainio-Doiseul

2nd Place - Am I hit? by Maya Williams

3rd Place - Word.Paper.Blood.Wall by Muskah Walizadeh