WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT VIRGIN MEDIA HAVE JOINED WITH US TO SPONSOR OUR “MY DISABLED WORLD” POETRY COMPETITION

VIRGIN MEDIA have joined with us to sponsor “My Disabled World”

As we now have a total prize fund of £6,000 this means, that for the 12 selected ‘most liked’ entries, we will now be able to pay £250 each to the successful poets – and £250 for their chosen UK based charity

So please do keep sending in your poems because there is now a cash reward of £250 each for the 12 top rated poems and their poets – plus the same amount for the poet’s chosen UK based charity

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It is open to anyone and everybody and costs nothing to enter. We will publish as many of the entries we receive as possible. Our 12 judges will collectively choose the ’12 most liked’ poems and we will collate these into an online book and publish on this website.

The Competition ends on 31st October this year and Judging will take place throughout November. Winners will be announced in December 2020.

And each of our judges will write a foreword to one of those poems .. so why not try to become a published poet with a preface from a famous judge? And win £250 both for yourself and your chosen charity?

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Poems can be in any format and should be about disability and unfairness (real or perceived) in our world. You can make us cry, laugh, become emotional and or very thoughtful. They can be moving and they can be uplifting. And they can simply make people stop and think.

ENTRIES TO: [email protected]

OUR PANEL OF TWELVE JUDGES

STUART BENSUSAN (Businessman with a disabled daughter)

MARSHA de CORDOVA (Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities who is partially sighted)

JEFF DODDS (Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media who are now the joint sponsors with ourselves of the “My Disabled World” poetry competition)

VICKY FOXCROFT MP (Shadow Minister for Disabled People)

DAME EVELYN GLENNIE (Disabled Percussionist)

EILEEN GRUBBA (Hollywood Actress, Producer, Writer & Disability Advocate)

KAMRAN MALLICK (Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights UK)

RUTH PATTERSON (Disabled lead singer with ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers)

MARTYN SIBLEY (Disabled Entrepreneur)

ANGEL SINCLAIR (Founder of ‘Models of Diversity’)

JUSTIN TOMLINSON MP (Minister for Disabled People)

KEELY CAT WELLS (Entrepreneur and Disability Activist)