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MH Day Period Poetry Competition 2020

In 2019 we ran our first period poetry competition for young people and we were so impressed by the quality and quantity of entries that we are excited to be running the competition again this year. The competition is taking place throughout May, with a closing date of 28th May which is MH Day.

MH Day is an annual event to get the world talking about periods and reinforce the message that menstruation matters. Nothing could be closer to our hearts – Women and Girls exists to support menstruators in India by providing them not only with reusable, hygienic sanitary protection but also education about this most natural process.

We are delighted that last year’s judges, Perdita and Honor Cargill and Harriet Whitehorn, are returning to help judge the entries again this year. They bring with them a deep love of creative writing and a wealth of experience that goes beyond their own authored books.

Entry to the poetry competition is free and entries can be made by individuals or schools/creative writing groups. This year, to support teachers during the coronavirus lockdown we have put together a set of tasks and resources to supplement the competition. To access these please click the links below:

We are looking forward to receiving your entries!

Terms and conditions

All entries must be received by the deadline and must be returned with the name of the poem’s author, their age and a contact email address. The winning and runner up poems will be published on Women and Girls’ social media channels and website, and these will be published with the first name and age of the author. By entering the competition the author and their parent/guardian agree to this.

Women and Girls will not use your personal or contact details for any messaging unrelated to the period poetry competition without your explicit consent and we will not share your data with any third party.

judges’ decisions are final and the prizes awarded cannot be exchange for any other prize or monetary substitute. In order to receive the prize, the winners will have to provide a postal address.

Competition Winners 2019

These are the winning poems from 2019. Well done to everyone who entered.