Menstrual Hygiene Day Period Poetry Competition 2019

Every year, 28th May is Menstrual Hygiene Day: a day to raise awareness of periods and celebrate the progress we’re making in combatting period poverty around the world. To celebrate the event in 2019 we ran a period poetry competition for 10-18 year olds. We were thrilled to have authors Harriet Whitehorn and Perdita and Honor Cargill give their time (and some prizes!) to support the competition, and it was great to receive over 50 entries! 

Huge congratulations to our winners for their winning pieces of writing.

The Winners

Below you can find the winning and runner-up poems by some fantastically talented young people. 

The Judges

Many thanks go to our judges who are donating not just their time in judging the competition, but also some of their wonderful books as prizes to the winners!

Harriet Whitehorn

Harriet Whitehorn grew up in London, where she still lives with her husband and three daughters. She is the author of the Violet series (nominated for several awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize) and also the fantasy duo, The Company of Eight and The Conspiracy of Magic

Perdita and Honor Cargill 

Honor Cargill began writing when she was about sixteen, co-authoring the funny teen series, Waiting for Callback (Simon & Schuster). Now nineteen and at Oxford reading Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, she enjoys researching party scenes. 

Perdita Cargill spent years working as a commercial barrister before she finally turned to writing. Bizarrely for a pessimistic Scot, she loves to write funny books. She is the co-author with Honor Cargill of the Waiting for Callback series (Simon & Schuster) and lives in London.