Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains a selection of FAQs about the HART Prize for Human Rights. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch at

Please note that the HART Prize for Human Rights 2014-15 has now ended. A list of winners is available here, and a selection of winning entries can be found here.

We would like to offer our warmest thanks and congratulations to all who entered – we were very impressed with the standard of entries, and the passion for human rights demonstrated by young people across the UK. For further information, please contact


Who can enter?

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can enter – as long as you are within the age categories. However, HART is not in a position to cover travel costs to allow anyone to attend tea in the House of Lords or the final prize-giving event in London. We also cannot cover the costs of entering the competition. Moreover, the grand prize (see point 17 of terms and conditions) includes a return flight from the UK, and is not substitutable to elsewhere in the world.


How do I enter?

Download an entry form at Essays should be sent to Creative pieces should be sent to the same email address or to:


HART Competition

3 Arnellan House

Slough Lane





Can I submit more than one entry?

You can enter both the Essay and Creative categories, but you may only enter one submission per category.


Can I submit a piece of work which I have previously produced?

Yes – your submission does not have to have been produced uniquely for the competition, as long as it is directly relevant to the competition themes and to HART’s work.


Can I use my submission for other purposes?

You are welcome to use your submission for other purposes – for example, for school coursework.


Can groups enter the competition?

Group entries are permissable for the creative competition, but any prizes must be divided between the group.


Why is the Grand Prize only available to entrants in the Senior Essay competition?

Only senior entrants are applicable for the Grand Prize (the visit to Nagorno-Karabakh) because they must be over 18 to participate in the trip.


What will the Grand Prize involve? 

You will be invited to accompany a group trip to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, including a visit to the HART-supported Rehabilitation Centre. This  can be substituted for a £500 cash prize for those unable to, or preferring not to, join the visit.

Information on previous visits to the region and reflections of participants can be found here. The winning entrant, before deciding to accompany the trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, should acquaint him or herself with the situation in the region in order to make an informed decision. We always seek security advice before departure and the HART team would be happy to discuss the visit in detail with the successful entrant.


How will you use my entry?

Winning essays will be published by HART. We will choose the timing and location of your piece. We may need to edit work before publication, which we will do with consultation with the author.


We may be interested in publishing non-winning entries of a high quality, in HART publications or online. We will consult with you before publishing your work.


What kind of essay are you looking for?

The essay prize will be awarded to an author who is able to articulate these issues with clarity and compassion, embracing the complexity of each situation whilst presenting the material in a clear and accessible manner.


What will happen to my artwork?

If you request the artwork to be returned to you we will send it back once the competition is over. Otherwise, HART will retain the artwork.


Which age category am I in?

Your age category depends on how old you will be on the 1st August 2015. This is because only over 18 year olds can participate in the prize for the senior category. 

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