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Call for Submissions: Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest

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Call for Submissions: Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest

UNHCR Canada (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and COSTI Immigrant Services are organizing the third annual Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest in commemoration of World Refugee Day, June 20.

The poetry contest is open to aspiring poets who are students in Grades 4-12 and attending schools in the Greater Toronto Area. The purpose of the contest is to promote awareness of human rights issues, including issues affecting refugees in particular. Top winners of each category win a cash prize. Judges from the UNHCR Toronto Office, COSTI Immigrant Services, and others (TBA) will be selecting the winning works based on originality, adherence to the topic, and other criteria.

At this point in time, UNHCR and COSTI are hoping you can help promote the Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest by spreading the word in your respective communities.

The contest will be held from mid-March to the end of June: all contest entries must be received by Friday April 29, 2011. An awards ceremony will be held on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2011.

For more information on submission guidelines, and to stay tuned, contact the Contest Coordinator, Mary Pam Vincer, at 416.244.8989.

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