Holodomor Essay Prize: Ukrainians in the UK announce contest

May 16,2024 137
Holodomor Essay Prize: Ukrainians in the UK announce contest

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), in collaboration with the Nadia Diuk Memorial Programme, has launched an essay competition focused on the Holodomor. This initiative aims to raise awareness of the genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933.

“[We are] offering a prize worth up to £1000 for the best essay on the topic of the 1932-1933 Holodomor, the Ukrainian famine in which an estimated seven million Ukrainians died over a period of 18 months,” wrote the AUGB.

Participation in the competition is open to students in Sixth Form (ages 12-13) enrolled in educational institutions in the UK. Candidates are required to submit essays ranging from 1500 to 2000 words. A reward of £200 is designated for third place, £400 for second, and £1000 for first. The prize money will be split between the student and the school.

Candidates are free to choose their approach to writing, but they may consider a historiographic approach using an analysis of any primary documents and what they reveal about the context of the Holodomor at the time, a discussion of the repercussions of the different presentation of events surrounding the Holodomor by western journalists at the time, an analysis of eye witness accounts and how these have contributed to our understanding of the Holodomor, a discussion of the key influences of the Holodomor on modern day events, and any other approach which discusses the key elements and impacts of the Holodomor. 

The deadline for essay submissions is July 19; essays should be sent to [email protected]. Winners will be announced in September. It’s worth noting that the Holodomor Essay Prize is being held for the fifth time. Details about the initiative and participation this year can be found at the link.

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