Poetry Competition – the human condition


To mark the 70th anniversary in July 2018 of the introduction
of the National Health Service( 1948-2013), new work is
invited for the content of a memorial book. Poems need to
be about the ‘human condition.’ Health or lack of it helps
define a person. Next to your life, is your health. Coping
with ill health, disability, comic, sad, reflective, all types of
work required.

1st prize £200
2nd prize £100
3rd prize £50
And a film made of the winning
entry tbc


Wendy Cope “Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis”
Lachlan Mackinnon “ Small Hours ”

The book will include the winners and highly commended, and is to be launched as near to 5 th July 2018 as possible.
New poems must be submitted in English, from writers living in
England only.
Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland have different laws governing
their NHS so writers living in those regions are not eligible.
Poems can be in any form.

How to enter.
Entries need to
● be about ‘The human condition’, plus medics, doctors, hospitals etc.
● be no more than 40 lines in the English language, single spaced.
Entries need to be typed
● Closing date for receipt of entries
17 March 2018: remember to leave time for the post to deliver!


Entrants need to be living in England,
Be 18 or over
Entries should be entirely the work of the entrant and must never
have been published, self published, published on any website or
online forum, broadcast, nor won or been placed in any other
Entries should have a title, but no names, address, ‘phone or
e-mail should be on the manuscript. These should be on a
separate sheet.
Name, postal address, e-mail address and title of poem/s MUST
be on an sheet accompanying the poem/s. Entry is free.

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