Czech essay contest for young people asks for thoughts on the statement: “I’m not a racist, but…”, deadline February 18

the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren announced its first annual human rights literary competition for young people. Pupils and students aged 12 to 20 can submit essays on this year’s theme: “I’m not a racist, but…”

“The defense of human rights is one of the fundamental tasks of the Church in society. The Evangelical Church has for several years organized an event entitled “We give voice to the humbled”. Its objective is to remind us publicly to all that people in many parts of the world or in various social groups experience oppression because of their faith, beliefs or worldview. The organizers decided to expand the initiative to include a student literary contest this year,” the church posted on its website.

The President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Mr. Miloš Vystrčil, gave his auspices to the contest. Applications and submissions (no more than 10,000 characters with spaces) can be sent through the church website at

The works received will be evaluated by a jury of experts and there will be a cash prize. The first essayist will win 5,000 CZK [EUR 205]second place 3,000 CZK [EUR 125] and third place 2,000 CZK [EUR 85].

Nominations and essays should be submitted no later than February 18, 2022. Winners will be announced on March 17, 2022 at the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic in events leading up to the International day against racism March 21th.

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