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Poetry For Good competition now open

04 February 2021 Share

A new national poetry competition to celebrate the UK’s Key Workers has launched today.

Poetry for Good intends to highlight and celebrate the UK’s many key workers and the hard work they do – from office cleaners and couriers to shop workers and nurses.

The competition has been organised by Clean for Good, a social-purpose office cleaning business, as part of its wider mission to promote fair pay and dignity at work for cleaners. It will be judged by three established poets – Rachel Long, Cecilia Knapp and Katherine Lockton – who have each also written a new poem to promote the competition, published for the first time today over at poetryforgood.org.uk.

The competition is split into the following three categories, with Clean For Good funding a number of cash prizes for winners and runners up in each: 

  •  Written Word: written poems from those aged 16 or over 
  • Spoken Word: spoken poetry from those aged 16 or over 
  • Growing Word: written poems for those aged 11-15

Tim Thorlby, Managing Director of Clean for Good, said: "The last year has been tough for many – including our team of cleaners in London. We’re embarking upon this unusual collaboration because we wanted to highlight and celebrate the work of the millions of key workers in this country. Poetry has a way of cutting through to people in new ways. We hope that the competition will open the hearts and minds of more people to the crucial role that our key workers play and the pressing need to give them the fair pay and respect they deserve.”  

The competition is free to enter and is open for submissions until Friday 9th April. Enter here.