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Now is the Time to Start Writing Poetry

“Movement restrictions” and “lockdowns” are the buzzwords that we are hearing all over the world. Most are confined to their homes and have nothing to do. With so few options, why not exercise those creative juices. You might just come up with the next big idea. Personally, I love poetry and I have recently started putting pen to paper, documenting my thoughts, views and feelings. I want to be heard; I think so do you! Be bold, be brave and always strive to go the distance. Submit your poetry to competitions and get noticed! To get you started, here are 5 online poetry competitions that are worth giving a shot (not ranked in any particular order).

1.     International Proverse Poetry Prize 2020

This prize is for unpublished poetry. The competition is open to all irrespective of residence, citizenship or nationality. New, emerging, experienced and established writers are all welcome. More information can be found here.
Deadline: 30 June 2020

2.     Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

The Winchester Poetry Prize started in 2016 and has since attracted entries from all over the world. This year, the judge is Andrew McMillan who has won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Norther Writers’ Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. More information can be found here.
Deadline: 31 July 2020

3.     Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

This competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories. First, the open category for poets aged 18 years and over. Second, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) category which is open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language. More information can be found here.
Deadline: 14 September 2020

4.     Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

The competition is open to poets from any country. All entries must be in English. Poems must each be no longer than 45 lines. All entries must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) and must not have been previously published in print or online. More information can be found here.
Deadline: 22 June 2020

5.     National Poetry Competition

This competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. International entries are welcome. It is an annual poetry prize organised by the UK-based Poetry Society. Entries must be unpublished, can be on any subject and written in English. More information can be found here.
Deadline: 31st October 2020

So, there you have it! Be a shining light in this time of darkness and uncertainty. Use the beauty of words to add colour, vibrancy and joy to all that set their eyes upon your masterpiece!

Ryan Joshua is an MBA student at Strathclyde Business School. He is the Founder & Editor of Thinking Movement, a Medium publication centred around the formulation of strategic solutions in the areas of sustainability, social justice, inclusion, mental health and self-help.

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