REMINDER: Annual Poetry Competition

Do not miss your chance to win a trip to Bosnia!

Ensure you don’t miss our annual Poetry Competition deadline! Young people in the UK have until 19th December 2021 to submit their poems. 

The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 11 to 18 at the time of entering. Winners will be announced through email and website.

The competition is held every year as part of Genocide Memorial Day. Entrants are encouraged to reflect the theme of ‘protecting humanity from genocide’ in their poems. Poems should be respectful of the topic.

First Prize: Paid trip to Bosnia with an accompanying adult in July covering the date of the annual Srebrenica or other memorial. Includes flights, accommodation and meals. Winners will visit key sites with a guide to the events that took place.

Second Prize: £50 IHRC Bookshop voucher

Third Prize: £25 IHRC Bookshop voucher

All winners will be awarded a certificate of achievement

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the main prize may be postponed, changed or substituted for one chosen by the organisers.

In addition to or individual prizes, IHRC will be offering a prize to the school which has entered the most entries.

The winners of the 2021 school prize is a screening of the IHRC documentary ‘Forgotten Genocide’ with a Question and Answer session with the film’s producer.

All entrants should read the Rules carefully before entering here. The Terms and Conditions for the competition and its prizes and can be found here.


Each year a panel comprising poets, artists, community figures and an IHRC officer judge the poems. Previous judges have included poets Narjis Khan, Sanasiino, Zainab Ali, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Mizan the Poet and Ibrahim Sincere and community figures like Bruce Kent. Each year’s judging panel will be announced after the judging has taken place.


A compilation of winning entries is available to buy and download as a PDF here or in hard copy here. A substantial schools discount is available for bulk orders. All profits from sales will be donated to the IHRCT Rohingya Fund.