By Chloe Hocking
Created as part of Clean for Good’s wider mission to promote fair pay and dignity at work for cleaners, this new competition, Poetry for Good, is calling for entries that recognise the value and celebrate the efforts of essential workers who have kept us going throughout the pandemic. If you’re already thinking up those rhyming couplets, now’s the time to take note…
There are three categories for entry, welcoming work from ages 11 and above:
Written Word – written poems from those aged 16 or more.
Spoken Word – spoken poetry from those aged 16 or more.
Growing Word – written poems for those aged 11-15. All entries will be subject to judging from three of London most acclaimed poets: Cecilia Knapp (London Young People’s Laureate for 2021), Rachel Long (founder of Octavia, the poetry collective for women of colour), and Katherine Lockton (South Bank Poetry Editor).
Arriving just in time for World Poetry Day on 21 March, Poetry for Good will be accepting entries until the 9 April, with winners announced at the end of April.
If you’ve taken a shine to poetry in lockdown, have always been one for words or just fancy giving back to essential workers, now is the time to get writing!
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