This poetry contest, presented by the Chinese Culture and Art League, Washington Poetry Club and Chinese Writers Association in North America of the United States Capital Chapter, encourages poets of all ages, genders, racial origins and cultural spectrum to compose poems in English and classical Chinese languages respectively for paying a tribute and memory to/of these victims, as well as to numerous Western and Chinese unsung heroes who risked their lives at time to save tens of thousands Chinese females and refugees in the Nanjing (Nanking) Safety Zone set up by the American, German and other Western, and local residents in Nanjing (Nanking), then the capital of China.  




Announcement of the prized English entries for the Global Poetry Contest in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Nanking Massacre

2018 May Announcement for Chinese prized entries for Nanking Massacre Poetry Contest -Chinese  




FIRST PRIZE ($1,000)

THE GIRL REMEMBERS NANJING, Jessamine Price, Alexandria, VA



Nanking: A Child’s Memory, Shelby Song,  San Francisco, CA



On 13 December 1937, in Nanjing, Masooma Ali, Karachi, Pakistan

The Hungry Ghosts Of The ‘Rape Of Nanjing’, Sylvia Anne Telfer,  Scotland, UK

tears in the sky, Michele Baron, Dulles VA

Forgiveness, Yue Li, Rockville, MD



No Peace Without Justice, David Lohrey,  Green Cove Springs, FL

I, Minnie, Joanna Oltman Smith, Brooklyn, NY

Will of a Comfort Woman, Yearn Hong Choi,  Fairfax Station, VA

Nanjing – 1937, Gershon Ben-Avraham, Be’er Sheva, Israel


City of Sorrows, John F Keane, Stockport, United Kingdom


  1. English Category: There are no restrictions on its form and style.
  2. Classical Chinese Category: Poetry could be in any formats and free from choosing any styles of rhyming tones for 絶,律,詞,令,曲,賦.
  3. The theme of the submitted poetry shall be centered on the human tragedy of this part of war crime committed by the Japanese troops at Nanjing (Nanking) from 1937 until the end of the World War II in 1945.
  4. Entries are to be judged anonymously.  Name, any publishing credits and all identifying information must be omitted from your entry under a “word” attachment.  All contacts/submissions are to be conducted only via our online:


Please clearly provide your entry category, poetry title, name/sex/address/phone/email under your cover letter in your email with your attached entry.  Each entry has to be your own original work that has never been published before.   Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are not accepted for this contest. 

  1. The Chinese Culture and Art League, Washington Poetry Club and Chinese Writers Association in North America of the United States Capital Chapter are the co-presenters for this poetry contest (thereafter “the presenter”).   We also welcome any kinds of financial and technical support from individuals and organizations for this poetry contest, for the purpose of raising the prize amount and increasing the number of prizes for both category.  We will acknowledge our appreciation to all financial contributors and technical supporters at the award ceremony.   All financial donations for this event will be issued a tax-deductible receipt by the Chinese Culture and Art League accordingly.  For donations, please make it payable to:  “Chinese Culture and Art League”; mailing to:


Mr. Curt Hansen, Law Office  

419  7th St NW,  Suite 405, Washington, DC, 20004-2208


  1. Deadline for submission: November 15, 2017   

Prizes and Publication


  • First Prize: No less than $1,000 for both English and Chinese category.  Update prize information will be announced in due course.           
  • All authors whose entries that win prizes shall allow “the presenter” to publish those prized entries on the presenter’s dedicated website, printed program at the award ceremony and via various channels of the media.   All finalists will also be recognized at the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.





. Madame Grace Cavalieri, Producer: The Poet & The Poem, from The Library of Congress on public radio

. Dr. Ming Sun Poon, Poet/Senior Acquisitions Librarian, Library of Congress

. Prof. Judy McCombs, Poet/Former Professor of English, Detroit’s BFA Center for Creative Arts

. Dr. Edward Chang, Poet/Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work, Albany State University.

. Dr. Sheila Carter-Jones, Poet/Former Professor of Education, Chatham University

. Madame Ji Zhaojin, Prize-award Poet/Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, China Studies Program        

.     Coordinator

. Prof. Wing-chi Chan, Former National Endowment for the Arts Consultant/Shenyang Music     

       Conservatory/Green Mountain College Adjunct Professor, Poet cum Musician





  • Honorary Advisor

.     Prof. Chou Wen-chung, Composer/Members of American Academy of Arts & Letters,

             Former Associate Dean for Fine Arts, Columbia University

.     Dr. Ying Ying Chang, Former Research Associate Professor of Microbiology at University of Illinois

             Mother of the late Madame Iris Chang

.     Dr. Yue-–Him Tam, Professor of History at Macalester College, Minnesota


  • Co-Executive Directors: 

.     Madame Cheung Ming-ming, President of the Chinese Culture and Art League

.     Madame Ji Zhaojin, President of the Washington Poetry Club

.     Dr. Ching Chin-Sung, President of Chinese Writers Association in North America, United States

.         Capital Chapter

.     Prof. Wing-chi Chan, Former National Endowment for the Arts Consultant, Poet cum Musician


. Coordinator: Ms. Jenny Gao, Language Instructor/Free-lanced Writer in Washington