Apply for Human Rights Poetry Award

Deadline: 20 November 2015
Open to: everyone, students, migrants and refugees are especially encouraged to take part in the competition
Prizes: up to EUR 300 and certificates


The Universal Human Rights Student Network (UHRSN) based in Vienna, Austria is organizing its very first human rights poetry contest. Given the plights refugees are facing on a daily basis and the current widespread media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis in Europe”  this year’s theme is “Refugees and their message to Europe”.

The goal of this poetry award is for participant to express themselves by sharing their message with Europe, subsequently, urging leaders and citizens alike to take action and ensure that the human rights of refugees and asylum-seekers are upheld and that conducive conditions for legal entry procedures for people in need of international protection are established.


While everyone is permitted to participate, students, migrants and refugees are especially encouraged to take part in the competition. Submissions contrary to the spirit of human rights and the values UHRSN represents and fights for will not be considered. Team members of “Respond” and their family members are not eligible for the poetry competition.


The best poems as established by the jury are compiled and published on the UHRSN Website and in an e-book.

  • 1  prize – EUR 300 and a certificate;
  • 2 prize – EUR 200 and a certificate;
  • 3 prize – EUR 100 and a certificate.

Furthermore chosen poems will be read out live on air on Radio Orange 94.0 – the largest community radio station in German speaking countries. Prior to the public announcement of the winning poems the authors will be notified by UHRSN.

The competition is free and there are no fees applicable for sending in poems.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is 20 November 2015.

Please complete and submit the application form.

The poem must be in English and cannot be longer than 200 words.

For more information please visit the official website.

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