What Love is Not – Guidelines



Submissions open from February 8, 2016

Submit your essay and poems (no more than 800 words), photographs/photo-essay or illustration and join UNFPA in creating discussions about gender-based violence and reproductive health and rights.

Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on ‘What Love is Not’ in the context of gender based violence and reproductive health and rights. Unleash your creativity to illustrate your views in any of the three mediums listed, and in English, Sinhala or Tamil.

The best entries will be published on the kiyanna.lk blog and UNPFA reports and publications with due credit to the author, photographer and artist.

The top three contributions will receive a token gift pack from the UNFPA as well.

Contributions can be emailed to tegal@unfpa.org or liyanage@unfpa.org

Brief to Participants

We are looking for inspiring and creative contributions. For ideas for you content you may use the following examples:

  • Intimate partner violence (physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, economic abuse by a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend)
  • Violence afflicted on children by parents (abuse, forced marriage) or vice versa


Sexual abuse can be

  • Rape
  • Marital rape
  • Refusal to use contraception
  • Sharing intimate images with others
  • Molesting/unwanted sexual advances

Closing deadline for submissions is 29th February 2016


Terms and conditions

By entering this Competition, you agree to the below Terms and Conditions:

ARTICLE 1: Objective of the Competition

1.1 The Competition is organized by UNFPA Sri Lanka and is part of the UNFPA campaign to create discussions on gender based violence and sexual reproductive health and rights.

1.2 All entries to the Competition must be inspired by the themes of gender-based violence and sexual health and rights. Entries deviating from the above shall be automatically disqualified. The Area of Concern addressed in the contribution must be specified when emailed.

ARTICLE 2: Terms of participation

2.1 To enter the Competition, you must email your entry to tegal@unfpa.org or liyanage@unfpa.org. Only those entries emailed to the designated email addresses will be accepted. Entry is free. The competition is open to everyone; of all ages.

2.2 You may enter up to three contributions.

2.3 You must enter your contribution(s) by midnight 20th February 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.

2.4 Your email should include your name, age and one line bio which we can share when publishing your posts on Kiyanna.lk or UNFPA reports and publications.

2.5 The best entries will be selected by a judging panel of at least four members. The decisions of the jury are final and binding.

2.6 All finalists will be notified by e-mail after the judging is complete. If you receive a notification e-mail from UNFPA, you must respond to the notification e-mail to accept your prize. If UNFPA does not receive a response from you within seven days of the notification, UNFPA reserves the right to reallocate the prize to another participant.

2.7 Names of the finalists will be publicly announced on the Kiyanna.lk blog.

2.8 The UNFPA reserve the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the Competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond their reasonable control. UNFPA reserves the right to change, amend, delete or add to these Terms and Conditions at any time.

ARTICLE 3: Copyright

4.1 The copy­right in any submitted contribution(s) shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry in this Competition constitutes entrant’s approval for UNFPA to publish the entry on the kiyanna,lk blog, reports, publication and any other material. UNFPA shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the submitted work.

Kiyanna Staff

"Kiyanna is a space for discussion. Writers who contribute to the blog are free to share their views and opinions on population issues relating to Sri Lanka, and initiate a discussion. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the UNFPA Sri Lanka, our partners or the Kiyanna staff".

18 responses to “What Love is Not – Guidelines

    1. Yasandika, you can scan your image and send it to us if it’s an illustration. If it’s a digital illustration you can email it to us as a jgp. Make sure the images are of high resolution.

  1. I am just a bit confused about the deadline: is it the 20th or 29th of February? And yes, would stories be alright as well? (since it says essay)

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