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 this year, we’d love you to write a poem about periods that will be judged by authors Harriet Whitehorn and Perdita and Honor Cargill to be in with a chance to win a bundle of goodies, including books by the authors. 

The winning poems will also be translated and used on posters in the schools we work with in India, helping girls to feel comfortable about periods and helping them to understand what menstruation is all about.

The theme for this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day is “It’s Time For Action!”, and it would be great if you could include this phrase in your poem. There is no limit for the length or style of your poem, and it doesn’t have to be in any specific format.

Everyone between the ages of 10 and 18 inclusive can enter, and the closing date for entries is Tuesday 9th July 2019. To enter, send your poem through to or to PO Box 5328, Westbury BA13 9BR with your name, age and contact number or email address (if you’re under 16 then please include a parent or guardian’s contact details).

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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.