HART Prize for Human Rights

Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Prize-giving and Exhibition (winners announced) Event: March 23rd 2020.

There are three age categories: 

  • Junior: anyone aged between 11-14 by date of entry ;
  • Intermediate: anyone aged between 15-18 by date of entry;
  • Senior: anyone aged between 19-25 by date of entry.

The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trus (HART) Prize aims to engage young people (11 to 25 years old) in global issues by encouraging them to create written or creative pieces from conducting independent research.

There are two competitions: the essay competition and the creative competition. Prizes include tea in the House of Lords with Baroness Cox. The essay competition is designed for entrants to critically discuss the political, humanitarian and human rights issues in a carefully constructed essay, whereas the creative competition is open to any artistic medium such as poetry, artwork or sculpture, both addressing the human rights issues and humanitarian situations in any of the countries which HART works.

Find out more on their website.

4 thoughts on “HART Prize for Human Rights

  1. Hello good evening. I am chinasa from Nigeria. I not only love reading but also writing poems. Please get me connected to this competition. I want to be a part of it. I love what you all are doing. Helping to bring the best in young poets. Thank you all.


    *1Respect is the Desire of everybody’s mind,

    But is only given to people who are kind.

    *2Respect is given to those who deserve it,

    And is not given to those who are unfit for it.

    *3Respect is like a fuel of life,

    Without which a man cannot work rife.

    *4Respect to our elders plays an important role,

    As its the blessing to achieve our goal.

    *5Respect is like a bullet of a gun,

    Which Travels with us in long run.

    *6Respect when given to all,

    His reputation will never fall.


    -Sahaj Sabharwal.

    -Chowk Chabutra, Jammu

    -11th Class.

    Delhi Public School, Jammu #India #Poem#Jammu #sahajsabharwal12345#DelhiPublicSchool #DpsJammu

    1. Hi Sahaj,

      Thanks for your comment! Young Poets Network is not affiliated with most of the opportunities on our opportunities pages and you can find out more about these by following the links included on the page. This HART Prize for Human Rights has closed for this year.

      However, we would love to receive poetry by you in our free Young Poets Network challenges. Get inspired by the Timothy Corsellis Prize, responding to poets of the Second World War: bit.ly/corsellis18

      Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s August challenges – every week in August we’ll be releasing a new challenge written by a former Foyle Young Poet, and we’d love to receive an entry by you. Our first August challenge is written by Enshia Li and explores the weird and wonderful world of the prose poem. Find out more and try your hand at writing prose poetry: bit.ly/augchall1

      Our second August challenge is all about found poetry – poems made from texts that already exist, such as newspapers, books, tweets – whatever you can think of! Discover more and enter: bit.ly/augchall2

      To keep up to date on all we offer young poets, you can also join our free mailing list: ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/sign-up-to-young-poets-network/

      I hope this is helpful, and best of luck with your writing!

      Best wishes,

      Helen at Young Poets Network

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