Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016

Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016

Deadline: November 20, 2015

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 participants 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.


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

1st prize – 300 Euros and a certificate
2nd prize – 200 Euros and a certificate
3rd prize – 100 Euros 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.

How to Enter

Please complete and submit the entry form on the UHRSN Site. The poems must be in English and cannot be longer than 200 words. The competition is free and there are no fees applicable for sending in poems.

For more information, visit The Universal Human Rights Student Network.