Getting to the heart of
caring – new creative competition launches in Southport
A Creative writing and photography
competition seeking poets, authors and photographers has launched in Southport
with the challenge of getting to the heart of what caring for family or friends
The competition, launched by national charity, Carers UK and supported by
Specsavers Healthcall, is open to everyone and welcomes poems, short stories and
photography on all aspects of caring; exploring the joys, challenges and
complex emotions that come with looking after a loved 1. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the competition stand to win high street gift
vouchers, whilst for entries making the shortlist, an anthology will be printed
and sent back containing their work.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:- 'We have had an
overwhelming response to our creative writing competition in recent years,
receiving hundreds of poems and short stories that reflect the true realities of
caring; the good, the challenging and the humorous; resonating with all
carers, no matter what their circumstances.
Caring is such an important part of life. Carers are holding families together,
enabling loved ones to get the most out of life. Yet caring is too often a
hidden issue, something that happens behind closed doors. In looking after a
disabled, older or ill loved one, many believe they are "just" doing what any
parent, sibling, or friend would do. But that's not the case. Carers need
practical and emotional support to help look after themselves and their loved
Our creative writing and photography competition helps carers to realise that
they are not alone and that support is available. We hope that by reaching more
families than ever before through our competition and partnership with
Specsavers Healthcall, carers will know that Carers UK is here for them with
advice, information and support, whenever they might need us.'
Nizum Yakub director of Specsavers Healthcall in Southport, says:- 'We are
proud to support the creative competition in Southport. In the course of our
home visits to in the local area, we hear a wide range of inspirational stories
that deserve to be heard. The competition acts as an ideal opportunity to
celebrate both the fantastic care available in the area and the experiences of
those who benefit from it.'
You can enter 1 or more category with:-
Up to 2 poems, each no longer than 40 lines.
One short story, of up to 1,000 words.
Up to 4 photographs.
The deadline for entries, is Monday, 31 July 2017.
Entries can be submitted
online or sent in the post to Creative writing
20 Great Dover Street
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