Voices for Maggie

This poetry competition is to raise awareness of Maggie’s cancer support centre in Nottingham. Posthumous entries are also welcomed, from a family member of the poet.

  • Our competition is open to all poets who live in the UK.
  • Entry is free, but a small donation to Maggie’s Centre, Nottingham for those who can afford it, is greatly appreciated.
  • All poems must be submitted by 12pm on 30th September 2019.

Full details here.

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UK Competition to raise awareness of homelessness

Open to poets over 16 and living in the UK, the SASH Writing Competition is free to enter. However, those who can afford to are asked to donate £10 to SASH, a Yorkshire-based organisation working to prevent homelessness and to help young homeless people. The winner will get a free place on an Arvon five-day residential writing course. Writers who are homeless or who have exprienced homelessness are particularly encouraged to enter. Deadline is World Homeless Day, 10th October 2014. More information: http://www.sash-uk.org.uk/homeless-writing-competition/

Call-out for Anthology Submissions from Women Poets

Thanks to fellow poet Alex Toms for putting me on to this one.

Breaking my no-fee rule here, but the charge is tiny (£1 for one poem/£2 for up to three poems). All profits go to ‘Rape Crisis’ charity. Deadline: 30th March. Theme: ‘Furies’.

Copied and pasted from their site (http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/):

Furies will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. So, for a chance to be featured, wet your nibs with spite and find your muse among the infernal goddesses of justice and revenge.

We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home.

Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

Poets should submit a maximum of three poems, each no longer than 40 lines. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 30th March 2014. The very best will be featured in our Furies poetry anthology.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

To submit a poem, writers are requested to make a donation of £1 per poem or £2 for three poems. If for any reason your financial circumstances make this difficult, please send us an email.