No bars Poetry Competiton

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To mark the publication of a book of poetry written by “No Bars”” Drum and Brass is launching the “No Bars” poetry competition.

Artists with direct experience of the justice system will award a prize to one poem each month. The competition is aimed at anyone with experience of incarceration who would value support to progress their work.

Works can be any length and in any format: video, MP3, written etc. Transcripts should be provided with videos. 

Winners will receive support for their work in the form of

  • mentoring with an established performer/writer
  • entry into national poetry competition
  • inclusion in the annual Drum and Brass “No Bars” competition 

All submissions will also be considered for inclusion in the second No Bars anthology

To enter, simply submit poems in the form on the site

If you are under 18, please provide contact details of an adult we can contact on your behalf

  • Considerations if sending video or mp3 files. We can only accept files via a transfer website such or if you can share a dropbox or google drive link that would also be acceptable. Link must be included in the form below.
  • Please paste in the poem in the entry box and any links for the file for us to download your media file
  • Please feel free to send us a little about yourself, and how it might feel to have your poem performed by someone who has had a different experience of life to you. Also include any links to other work that you may have.  



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