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Our fifth creative writing competition is now open for entries. Whether you’re an experienced writer or are just beginning to express yourself through words, we’d love to hear from you.

Our 2018 competition is once again supported by Specsavers. We’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘keeping well, keeping connected’. You can interpret this theme in any way you wish. For example, you may want to explore some aspect of physical or mental health, or write about making new friendships.

You can enter:
• up to two poems, each no longer than 40 lines
• one short story, of up to 1,000 words

The first prize in each category is £100 in high street vouchers and £125 in Specsavers eyecare vouchers. 
Submit your entries by 31 July 2018:

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Alternatively you can submit your entries by post. Send a printed copy of your entry along with a covering letter that includes your full name, address, phone number, email address and the title(s) of your entry to:

Creative writing competition
Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street,
London SE1 4LX

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We are really pleased that Cheryl Moskowitz will be judging the competition for the fifth year running. Cheryl is a poet, novelist, translator, and a facilitator of writing for children and adults.

The winning and commended poems and stories will be announced in September 2018 and we will then produce an anthology of these, plus selected entries chosen by our staff, volunteers and trustees, in November. We also plan to hold another celebration event for the competition and will celebrate the winning entries in regional and local media across the UK.

‘Well done on another lovely creative writing competition. It is such a great event for us all to get close to the real emotions of other carers.

‘Having sent in my 2 poems and not really expecting anything, I was so thrilled to have both poems included in the first anthology.’

‘Personal stories rooted in reality of caring. Lovely!’

‘The quality of the writing was wonderful, and I love that there was such a range of people, from experienced published writers to people who are new to writing.’

In association with THE POETRY SOCIETY and THE READING AGENCY

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