Autistic Pride Reading Poetry Competition 2018
We are hosting a poetry competition! Open to absolutely everyone on the spectrum, young and old. Prizes will be donated by the Literary Gift Company, who are kindly sponsoring this competition. The theme is your experience of being autistic. So maybe your sensory experience, your passions, your pets, anything. Autism is everywhere after all. But we’d love to celebrate what being autistic brings to all these things, and we'd love to see that in your poems! You don't even have to live in Reading to enter.
We are also extremely grateful to announce that well-known autistic poet Joanne Limburg will be our judge. I am SO EXCITED about this. Joanne Limburg is a writer and creative writing lecturer, based in Cambridge. Her poetry collections include Femenismo, Paraphernalia and The Autistic Alice, which includes a sequence of poems about her own late-diagnosed autism. She has also published two memoirs, The Woman Who Thought Too Much and Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations, as well as a novel, A Want of Kindness and Bookside Down, a collection of poems for children. She teaches creative writing at De Montfort University. You can find more about her here.
The competition is being sponsored by the fine folk at The Literary Gift Company. They are a Reading based company who specialise in high quality products from jewellery, home-wares, books to their own poem's instead of a card gifts. Ideal for a unique present, and PERFECT for sponsoring us.
The categories have been chosen to reflect the diverse wealth of imagination and talent in the Autistic Community. We have specifically included categories for those voices not normally heard i.e. those with though learning disabilities, learning issues and learning difficulties. We are passionate about hearing all voices . There are categories for poems written by autistic people without additional learning needs. It's up to you to self categorise as you feel appropriate. Please do feel free to put your age in either of the Child/Young person's category. You must be autistic to enter, although you do not need to have a formal diagnosis, self diagnosed is fine. The competition runs from April 16th to May 16th. Please remember to put the title of your work, the category code and your age if appropriate, PLUS your poem on the entry form below. All work received will be displayed at Autistic Pride Reading, on 10th June 2018 at the Miniature Railway, Prospect Park, Reading RG30 2BE. Prize winners will be notified beforehand and prizes will be awarded at Autistic Pride Reading. Judges decision is final.
The categories are as follows:
Good luck! We really look forward to hearing from you.