Poetry contest: Words of Unity competition for young poets


17 January 2020
Global Acts of Unity has launched its first poetry contest for young writers aged 11-18

The competition is the brainchild of Mike Haines OBE, whose brother David, a humanitarian aid worker, was captured and murdered by Daesh in 2014. Since then, Mike, who founded Global Acts of Unity, has been on a mission to promote unity, tolerance and understanding.

The competition invites school-age young people to explore what unity means to them in verse. 'I want to encourage as many young people across the country to think about what unity means to them, how they might bring people together, and what examples there are of unity in their school and community,' said Mike. 'I know these poems will inspire people across generations and would encourage anyone aged 11-18 to enter.'

There are prizes of £100 vouchers and £500 of school supplies for the winner.

The competition is open to all UK schools. Poems may be written, or spoken word or raps entered as audio or video files. Regional winners will be selected and an overall winner will be announced in March.

The closing date is 28 February.

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