Poetry against trafficking

Impulse NGO Network organises a poetry contest to depict trafficking issues. The winning poem will be published in the poetry column of The Thumb Print magazine

Impulse NGO Network has been working to combat the problem of trafficking in persons in North East India for over 15 years, being the oldest organization in the region to address the issue. Overwhelmed by the amount of human trafficking cases, Impulse recognized the need for sustainable approach to tackle the inhuman problem. This resulted into a formation of a holistic, internationally acclaimed Impulse Model to address human trafficking. There are 10 pillars of Impulse Model: 5Ps: Prevention, Protection, Policing, Press and Prosecution: 5Rs Reporting, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Repatriation and Re-Integration.


1. The competition is open only to citizens of the Eight North Eastern States of India in the age group of 18– 45 years.

2. Only one entry per participant will be accepted.

3. Under no circumstances shall requests for editing and resubmission be entertained once a poem has been submitted for entry to the competition.

4. Poems which have been previously published – except those published on a personal blog or website – will be not accepted for entry to the competition.


1. The theme of this Competition shall be – “Trafficking in Persons ”.

2. The poems can be written in any form/style or genre – free verse.

3. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 30 lines in length (excluding title).

4. The name of the writer or any other graphics, emoticons, icons and photos must not appear on the submitted entry.

5. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

6. All entries must be written in the English language.


1. Entries will be submitted via email to Impulse NGO Network – impulsedocsnreps@yahoo.com

2. The closing date and time of the receiving the entries to the competition is 25 November 2013, 24.00 hrs IST.

3. There is no fee involved to enter the competition.


1. Judging and deciding the winners will take place between 26th of November to 2nd December.

2. All entries will be judged by anonymous votes by our panel of select Judges from the literary and anti-human trafficking community.

3. Judging will be conducted according to the following criteria:

a) The poem is not chosen based on length, or whether the poem is free verse or structured.

b) The winners will be decided by the poem’s content and quality and the poet’s ability to unambiguously articulate the primary theme of the competition.

4. The decision of the panel of Judges shall be final.


1. The winners will be announced at TIP Conclave 3, on the 7th of December 2013 in Guwahati.

2. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant Impulse NGO Network the right to publish and/or broadcast their p oems in the electronic, print and social media for a period of one year (from 7th December 2013 till 7th December 2014). Use of the poems elsewhere for publication during this period is subject to permission from Impulse NGO Network.

3. There will be three winners from each of the eight north eastern states of India, and all these winning entries, will be published in a book for wider circulation to various agencies both national and international. The softcopy of the published book will also be available on the Impulse NGO Network website: www.impulseasia.org.

4. Out of the twenty four selected winners from all the eight North Eastern States – three will be selected and declared as the final winners of the competition.

5. Attractive cash prizes will be awarded to the three winners.

Impulse NGO

Impulse NGO

Impulse NGO Network Near Horse Shoe Building Lower Lachumiere, Shillong – 793001, Meghalaya, India. Phone: +91 364 – 2503140 impulsedocsnreps@yahoo.com