The 19 June deadline is fast approaching to enter Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition, in support of NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

Competition judge Andrew McMillan has issued a video message as the deadline nears, saying: “I urge you to come up with a poetic response to lockdown, to the pandemic, to how your life’s been since all this started.” He went on to explain: “And it needn’t be anything dramatic, it needn’t be anything large, we want just everyday reactions to how it’s felt to live in this time. I just think that phrase Beyond the Storm is so important … because at some point this will pass, and at some point we’re going to need writers and poets like yourselves to help us rebuild. Stay well, and stay safe.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a8MGxGyTyQ

To those who have already entered our competition, a big thank-you. And apologies to those who were unable to donate when they entered poems because of a small bug in our system. It’s now fixed so you can donate here, whether you are entering poems or not!

Once Andrew has chosen his top poems – but before declaring their order – you can vote for your favourites in our People’s Vote running from 25 July to 7 August (with more chances to donate). Please spread the word, and help the NHS frontline workers who benefit from the NHS Charities Covid-19 urgent appeal.

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