Poetry Competition

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The deadline for submissions for the GMD Poetry Competition has been extended to 6th December 2019.  The rules, terms and conditions and further details are posted below.

The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 11 to 18 at the time of entering.  The closing date for entries for this year’s competition has been extended to 11.59pm on 6 December 2019.  Winners will be announced on or around GMD 2020.

The competition is held every year as part of GMD.  Entrants 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 in July covering the date of the annual Srebrenica memorial. Includes flights, accommodation and meals. Winners will visit key sites in the war 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.

In addition to or individual prizes, IHRC will be offering a prize to the school which has entered the most entries.  Details of the 2020 prize will be announced soon.

The school prize for 2020 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.

JUDGES

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 and Ibrahim Sincere and community figures like Bruce Kent.  Each year’s judging panel will be announced after the judging has taken place.

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

A compilation of winning entries is available to buy and download as a PDF here or pre-order 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.

Winners  

The House by Poppy Crossland

Reminiscence by Aferdita Hasani

Stand By by Anisha Mehta

Ship 1971 by Tarzina Khatun

Who Am I by Frano Vainio-Doiseul

Runners Up

Genocide through History by Jasper Bardsley

The Calm Before the Storm by Elise Scotney

I still remember the days by Saba Ahmadzadeh-Noughani

So Great is Humanity by Joshua Couchman

What am I by Mustafa Mohamed

Life by Nawal Ibrahim

The sub human by Ifrah Bukhari

My Hazara People by Shukria Rezaei

One dimension by Luqman Reza

Am I hit? by Maya Williams

Word.Paper.Blood.Wall by Muskah Walizadeh

Highly Commended

Blowing Blood by Rabiah Azzez

Blood in the Water by William Bloomfield and William Moss

Lost Cause by Sarah Mumin

The raging beasts by Maryam Yusuf

Not so long ago by Humairaa Patel