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Prize Ceremony: 2021 LGBTQ+ Creative Writing Competition

February 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Encompass, in partnership with Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Kite Trust, is hosting an History Month LGBTQ+ Creative Writing Competition on the theme of this year’s History Month, “Body, Mind, Spirit”. At the prize ceremony, we will hear from our judges about the submissions they received, prizes will be awarded by our sponsors, the Kite Trust and CUP, and extracts from the winning entries will be read out. The ceremony will be hosted on Zoom, and we will do our best to keep it as fabulous as the in-person event, but you will have to provide your own champagne! Register for the event here:

Our judges are prolific LGBTQ+ authors Paulina Palmer and Tom Denbigh. Paulina has taught literature and gender studies at Warwick University and Birkbeck College, London. She currently teaches classes on contemporary fiction at City Lit College. Her publications include Lesbian Gothic: Transgressive Fictions (1999), The Queer Uncanny (2012) and Queering Contemporary Gothic (2016). She is a trustee of Encompass Network. Tom Denbigh lives in Bristol, and is the first Bristol Pride Poet Laureate and a BBC 1Extra Emerging Artist Talent Search winner. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and festivals around the UK, and has brought poetry to Brighton and London Prides. His publications include “…and then she ate him” and “USE WORDS FIRST”.   

There are four categories, each with a first prize and runner-up.
Category A: Under-16s’ poetry Open to young people up to and including 16 years-old, with an upper limit of 2 sides of A4, no smaller than size 11 font.
Category B: Under-16s’ short stories Open to young people up to and including 16 years old, with an upper limit of 4,000 words.
Category C: Open poetry Open to all, with an upper limit of 2 sides of A4, no smaller than size 11 font.
Category D: Open short stories Open to all, with an upper limit of 4,000 words.


When you register for this event, you will receive the invitation to the Zoom webinar and instructions for how to use it. As an attendee, you will not use your camera or microphone, but you can ask questions in the chat or the Q&A function. All the details will be on the email from Eventbrite. To book your place, register to attend (it’s free!) You do not have to have an Eventbrite account to attend the event, but in case you lose the confirmation email it is easier to set up one in advance.


February 26, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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