Mili Dueli 2020

MILI DUELI 2020 – International poetry competition (free entry)!

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Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe

Date: February 20, 2020




We are inviting all affirmed and non-affirmed poets from whole the world to participate in the most popular online poetry contest in this part of Europe – called Mili Dueli (Sweet Duels). Participation is related with promoting poetry and multicultural dialogue between artists all across the planet, especially between Balkans nations. Authors are presented on official Facebook profile of Mili Dueli and there, they have opportunity to meet each other, exchange their knowledge and get prizes. During seven seasons we presented more than 1 500 authors from more than 45 countries across the world. If you are so far from Bosnia and Herzegovina, do not worry! We are very welcome to host you as an author and your country and meet your culture. Our jury is international and we are promoting diversity.

How to apply?


Milli Dueli (eng. Sweet Duels) are international in character, and authors from any part of the world can apply for the competition without age restriction. The only condition for application is that you are the author of the poetry you are submitting to the competition.
Note: Earlier Mili Dueli participants can apply again. The exception is the winners of the previous seven seasons who can no longer participate in the Contest.


You can apply for the competition by clicking HERE.

There are detailed guidelines on what information you need about yourself and the poems you submit.
(If you have a trouble to apply in that link, you could try our second link for applies by clicking HERE.)

Participation in the competition is completely free!


Grand Prize: Plaque + Laureate “Mili Dueli” (“Poet of the Year by Mili Dueli 2020”) – for 1st place
* The award is presented next year, during the summer.

Other awards:
– A plaque for the top ten places won in the finals of the Contest
– Plaque for best placement of the Balkan state (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania)
– Plaque for the best placement of the Balkans diaspora (Balich Award).

Special recognition:

Al Buqain Award – for the person who, over the course of the season, was most prominent in promoting the international cooperation of writers through the media, in accordance with the mission of the Mili Dueli Project. The award includes a plaque.

Aga Award – A special recognition in the final, awarded for the most viewed video clip of a poetry author, in honor of the tragically suffering finalist of Mili Dueli 2019, Nermin Aganovic. The award includes a plaque.

Revial recognition: 

Each author who is selected to participate in Milli Dueli receives electronic and / or print (depending on participation in the collection and coming to the promotion planned in the future) Prize for international cooperation, literary contribution of placing the written word through social networks, and encouraging development literary criticism in this region during 2020.
*Authors we do not collaborate with will not be recognized.

Note: An electronic poetry compilation of the author and literary criticism of the jury on their works will be published this season. Further details and a call will be released on the details of the great print collection of Mili Dueli participants from this and previous seasons.


The organizer will, in June / June, select the most successful entries and attendees of “Mili Dueli 2020” who will be notified by message on their Facebook profile if they pass the initial classification.

You can follow all the competition details HERE.



Mili Dueli is a project to promote culture, art and tolerance in the Balkans. Its main feature is the poetry contest of Balkan authors, diaspora authors and foreign poetry authors. The project was founded and inspired by the idea of Nermin Delic, a Bosnian writer.

The poetry contest you are planning to apply for is in online formation. Follow everything from the comfort of your home, through the social network Facebook and our official website! Contest is made up of five elimination rounds. The authors submit a new poem to each successive circle that they pass, which they review and evaluate through literary review with an international jury composed of renowned Balkan artists across the region, and of the earlier winners of Mili Dueli. In addition to the jury, the decision as to who goes into the next rounds is made by our regular readers who follow us, as well as the authors’ friends. The Contest is unique in that it gives the jury comprehensive commentary, guidance and reasoning for their votes; which is not the case in any other regional poetry competition. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants literary criticism on their poems. The project is a great opportunity for young, unconfirmed authors to come to the fore, but also for affirmed, older authors, to validate success. The jury only evaluates the poems that the author submits to the competition, without insight into the other works of the author, and it is therefore important that you submit your best poems.

In the previous year,  the most famous business magazine in the world – American Forbes, wrote about the Mili Dueli project which characterized it as the most popular poetry contrast in the former Yugoslavia. Also, in 2018, for the essay on acting through the project, the organizer Nermin Delić was awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize in Japan. The same year, in Bosnia and Herzegovina he was awarded the Genius of the Year award for his idea and volunteer work on the project at the Bosnia and Herzegovina – Men of the Year Award. More details can be found on Bosnian language HERE. In 2013, the organizer also spent a month in the US educating under the US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina Youth Leadership Program.

From the seven previous seasons, these are the winners of Mili Dueli: Dijana Stevanovic Uherek (Serbia), Enea Hotic (BiH), Angela Turukalo (Montenegro), Ante Jezercic (Croatia), Lela Zjajo (Germany), Stefan Lazarevic (Serbia), Iryna Fingerova (Ukraine) and Nikola Ismail (Serbia).

Over the course of these seven seasons, over 2500 applications have been submitted for participation in the Mili Dueli, and we have awarded over 100 authors to our highest literary awards. The previous year, organizer spent over 700 hours of volunteer work on the project. Also, jury spent over 200 hours of volunteer work on the poetry evaluation. The website visitor count surpassed the figure of 500,000,000 over the last three months. It seems as a special success in the era of unpopular poetry reading!

There is no doubt that the Mili Dueli have become a real internet sensation for discovering new talented poets and for stimulating their creativity. This is a unique opportunity for new acquaintances of similar people who live near and far and who have the same hobby – writing.

Each year, the concept of the Contest is identical, but the rules from season to season and from round to round change, for the sake of interaction, interest, euphoria, and maximum objectivity, since everyone who works on the project volunteers for free. For culture, tolerance and poetry…

All cultural associations throughout the Balkans who would like to cooperate with us, in the form of literary visits, promotional organizations, are welcome to contact us.

We are waiting for you!

Mili Dueli

Online Balkan Poetry Contest 

mili dueli

Made in Bosnia and Herzegovina
70202 Jajce


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