With the success of the first AGV Poetry and Storytelling competition, we thought of bringing it back to commemorate the international day of the girl child. This year the competition is an open space for adolescent creative writers aged (10 – 19 years) majoring in poetry and storytelling to join an adolescent-girl-focused Generation Equality call to action movement that addresses all socio-economic forms of inequalities among Ugandan adolescent girls, by submitting a winning Poem or story to the AGVPS Competition Jury set up by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU) and its partners. In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2021, the theme of the event is “Our time is now, our rights, our future

All participants will be required to submit their creative pieces and the Competition Jury will sit and assess every piece to select the top 10 finalists, who will be announced a few days before the grand finale event via the PHAU website and all related social media platforms. The selected top 10 finalists will then battle it out for the top four cash prizes by performing their creative pieces live at the grand finale event. Out of the top 10 finalists, the Jury will select (against criteria) the top 3 winning performances and the viewers will vote through a poll, for its best performance which will be named the “Viewer’s choice”.  The Jury’s top 3 winning performances as well as the Viewer’s choice will be announced and crowned with gifts and cash prizes at the grand finale event.

All Participants are required to submit a maximum of one creative piece (poem/story) in TWO forms namely;

  • Text: Not more than 3 pages.
  • Audio: Not more than 3 ½ minutes.

Submission and deadline

All Participants are required to submit their creative pieces by sending BOTH text and audio to the PHAU email address before the 25th of October 2022. The text should strictly be in PDF format and the audio can be recorded using a simple Phone (but with voice clarity)

AGV Poetry and Storytelling Competition Jury

The AGV Poetry and Storytelling Competition Jury will have the responsibility of scrutinizing every creative piece to select the top 10 finalists and top 3 winning creative pieces. The committee will consist of experienced creatives, Youth and adolescent experts/consultants, a PHAU board member and a representative from some of our partners.

Assessment Parameters

Every creative piece will be assessed based on the following parameters;

  • Originality: The ability to create your own content.
  • Creativity: The ability to use your own imagination to be artistically different through your content.
  • Fact: The ability to provide accurate information within your content.
  • Call to action: The ability to inspire attitudinal, behavioural and practical change through your content.
  • Edutainment: The ability to give education and entertainment at the same time within your content.


The Grand Finale will be a physical event hosted at Golf Course Hotel and also streamed via Zoom, Facebook and Youtube accounts of PHAU. The theme of the event is “Our time is now, our rights, our future”. PHAU through its communications team will send out invitations to relevant stakeholders including adolescent girls from different backgrounds and schools to attend the Grand finale. The Grand Finale will take place on the 12th of November in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2022.


At the end of the Competition, PHAU will amplify the voices and rights of adolescent girls by transforming the top 4 winning performances into audio-visual tools that will be shared across different media and PHAU online platforms to maximise reach and inspire attitudinal and behavioural change practices that support to bridge the socio-economic inequality gaps that still exist among adolescent girls in Uganda.

11th Oct.Official Public Announcement of the Competition CallPHAU
25th Oct.Submission DeadlinePHAU
26th – 29th Oct.Shortlisting of the Semi-finalistsInternal PHAU Committee
31st Oct.Announcement of Semi-finalistsPHAU
31st Oct – 3rd NovAssessment of the Semi-finalists to shortlist the Top 10 Finalists.External Jury
4th NovAnnouncement of the Top 10 FinalistsPHAU
12th NovVirtual Grand Finale EventPHAU & Partners

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