Writers across the world have only four days to secure the opportunity to get their poetry published and raise money to support two local charities.
Returning for its second year, the ‘Writeabridge’ competition invites aspiring writers and poet enthusiasts aged 18 and over to submit entries of up to 40 lines on any theme or topic. First and second place will be awarded prizes of £300 and £50, plus publication on the Wasafiri magazine website. There are further prizes for runners up. Each entry costs £5 and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 14 November.
Supported by Coventry Peace Festival and Seedbed, this year’s competition will donate proceeds from the project to Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) and Rugby’s Clever Fox Press.
Hannah Laing, one of the ‘Writeabridge’ competition organisers said:
“Words have the power to bring hope to a whole range of situations and to build bridges between different communities. Writeabridge is a small step towards encouraging people to build these bridges and celebrating what is possible when we do this.
“All of the money raised from the competition will be split directly between two wonderful charities with this culture at their heart.”
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre was formed in the back of a laundrette in Hillfields in 2000 to support refugees, migrants and those seeking safety in Coventry. It helps over 3,500 people a year, including unaccompanied children, destitute families and the homeless.
Thanks to the kindness and dedication of over 80 volunteers and 30 members of staff, it welcomes all refugees and migrants to rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity. It provides a range of services to do this, including English classes, employment advice, therapy and housing, enabling these people to integrate and contribute to the local community.
Clever Fox Press is a charitable publishing company which raises funds for and awareness of the plight of child refugees around the world. Since 2016 it has published over 20 children’s books, with stories touching on important social and scientific issues.