BAME* Student Poetry Competition

The School of Humanities New Writing Festival is excited to open our inaugural University-wide BAME student poetry competition!

We’d love to hear the poetry of our Black, Asian, and minority ethnic students, so please send two or three of your poems to (using the subject line “BAME Student Poets”) before 6pm on Friday 6th May.

There are no rules about the kind of poems we’re looking for, so feel free to send sonnets, or some ghazals, or some free verse!

The ten most exciting poets will be invited to read their work at the Festival’s closing event on Thursday 26th May. At that event, our guest judges will award prizes to the top three poets!

The School of Humanities New Writing Festival runs from May 16th-27th 2022 and as part of the Festival we’ve also got creative writing workshops with Abena Essah, Kieran Yates, and Shahnaz Ahsan which are open to students from every School. If you’d like to develop your fiction writing, life-writing, or poetry skills, make sure you keep an eye on the Festival Workshops page to get booked into those when dates/tickets are released!

*We know BAME is an identity label that doesn’t work for some people. We’re using it here, because its what the University uses. But please feel free to let us know if you’d rather we used something different; we want the School of Humanities New Writing Festival to be a place that everyone can shape.