Srdjan Aleksic Youth Competition



  • Must be ages 15 to 25
  • Must be a Bosnian citizen or resident to enter


Winners will be chosen to receive:

  • A cash prize: 1st place – 500 BAM, 2nd Place – 300 BAM 3rd Place – 200 BAM.
  • Publication of the stories on PCRC’s youth competition website.
  • The chance to spend a day with PCRC and a professional photographer to take photographs relevant to their winning story. These photos will become a part of PCRC’s “Rescuers” photography exhibition.
  • The chance to make their story into a documentary. 1 grand final winner will be chosen from our pool of winners each year. Documentaries will be produced by PCRC and PINCH Media.

*Runners-up may still have their stories published on the PCRC Youth Competition website.

Entry Formats & Requirements

  • An Entry Form must be completed upon submission of materials. This form can be found below in the Submit Your Entries Here  section.
  • An essay entry is required. Essays must be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 1000 words. See Entry Content section below for details.

In addition to essay submissions, participants are encouraged (but are not required) to submit any of the following supporting materials:

  1. Photographs relevant to the submitted story. Photographs must be taken by the participant. (5 photo maximum)
  2. Video submissions. (10 minute maximum)
  3. Audio files from interviews with characters in, or relevant to, the your story. (10 minute maximum)
  4. Artwork. (scanned or photograph copy)
  5. CREATIVITY IS WELCOME! Therefore, if you would like to submit additional materials that are not included in the 4 categories above, send a request to PCRC at with a short explanation of the type of materials you would like to submit.

Entry Content

Essays and supporting materials must fit into 1 of the 3 categories below:

Category 1

An individual, or group of individuals, involved in creative endeavors for peace, community building, inter-ethnic cooperation, reconciliation, assistance to vulnerable members of society. 

    • Example: People involved in activities such as photography, dance, drama, music, filmmaking, etc.

Category 2

An individual that exemplifies moral courage. Moral courage is doing the right thing because it’s right. People who are morally courageous do what’s right even if there are risks. Some people express moral courage by helping others, standing up for someone other than themselves, or not going along with others just to fit in. A story may be submitted about a particular action someone took that inspired others to stand up for what is right, or about a particular person that you feel exemplifies moral courage.

    • Example 1: Jakob Finci and Dervo Sejdic
    • Example 2: A person who stands up for the rights of women, minorities, children or members of other ethnic groups.

Category 3

An individual or ‘Rescuer’ who risked his or her life to assist members of another ethnic, religious or social group during the war in the 1990s. This is a person who knowingly (regardless of the consequences to him/herself) made a decision to come to the aid and assistance of another person who they may or may not have known.

    • Example 1:  Srđan Aleksić – On 21 January 1993, a group of Army of the Republika Srpska soldiers inspected several people at the Trebinje market. After establishing that one of them, Alen Glavović, was a Bosniak, they started harassing and beating him; Glavović was the neighbor and friend of Aleksić. He immediately intervened and tried to aid Glavović, so the four soldiers turned against him and beat him to death with their rifle butts, in front of police officers. Due to the incurred injuries, Srđan fell into a coma, and died on 27 January 1993. Srđan’s father wrote in his obituary that “Srđan died carrying out his human duty”.
    • Example 2: See PCRC’s Ordinary Heroes project page for more examples from this category.

All participants must include the answers to the following questions somewhere in their essays:

  1. Why did you choose this story?
  2. Why do you feel that this story is important to tell?
  3. What kind of influence can this story have in your community?

Rules & Guidelines

  • Entries from individuals and groups of individuals will be accepted. If a group submits an entry, ALL members of the group must meet the eligibility requirements. If a group entry is chosen as a winner, the prize will remain the same and must be shared among group members.
  • Use of any external assistance, i.e. companies, tutors, teachers, mentors, parents etc. is allowed as long as they provide only guidance or assistance. The work and ideas must be of the individual entering the competition.
  • Stories about military service will not be accepted. The only exception is if the story is about an individual who is or was a member of the armed forces, but the activities they are involved in are not related to military action.
  • Individuals that are the subject of competition submission should be made aware that their stories may be publicized and should be willing to be identified. Exceptions will be made only if the story is of heightened sensitivity and the subject will be negatively impacted if they are identified. In this case, PCRC will withhold specific names, details, and dates as necessary.
  • PCRC should be able to verify the truth of your story. Therefore, winners’ stories will be subject to fact-checking.
  • No essays or content promoting hate speech or political, religious, or ethnic agendas will be accepted.
  • Submissions must follow the terms set forth in the Entry Format & Requirements & Entry Content sections.

Submit Your Entries Here

**If you are interested in applying, please contact us at

Judging Process

Participants will be informed of the outcome of the competition up to 2 months after the deadline for their city. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts chosen by PCRC.