Like the National Health Service of yore we have tried to be inclusive in our approach to the poems submitted. However, a few people forgot to put the titles of their poems on the contact sheet. This means we have poems with no author.
If you wrote “I am so much more than the Menopause” please get in touch through the comments box.
Please look in your spam box to see if you have an e-mail with the Christabel Hopesmith ourNHS70 Poetry Competition in the subject line, requesting a .doc version of your work.
The work of the organisers goes on. The prize giving and book launch (plus the actual production of the book ) is being organised as we write and since the poems were of such a good standard, we are applying to the Arts Council for funding, which has set us back a little bit because the time scale for acceptance or rejection is 6 weeks from when we make the application. And the hoops we have to jump through were not anticipated. Nevertheless, we want the book to be the best it can be.
Congratulations to everyone who entered and particularly to those above. We will publish the poems online and in the book and we may use extracts for promotional and advertising purposes but when the book launch has passed the copy-rite returns to the writers and we will have to seek permission to reuse them.
Some wonderful poems have arrived for the competition and now, the PO Box is closed.
The timetable for entries has been compromised by the sudden and unexpected death of the person we were relying on who was experienced with regard to book production and publishing! This is a double tragedy and I have only just been able to face writing about it.
Nevertheless the show must go on and therefore we are making attempts to find alternative knowledge and expertise. It is however unlikely that the beginning of July for publication is still in the frame… however, miracles do happen.
The last date for receipt of poems to the competition is now 28 March 2018, yay!
Get the thinking cap on, there’s a bit more time to finish what you wanted to say… or say something else. There is no limit to the number of poems you can submit, but please remember that if you send them in a very large envelope, the cost of the stamp is more than ordinary first class and needs to be a Large Letter stamp, whether first or second class post.
They chose 49 healthy adults from 64 to 97 years old and asked them to write about upsetting events or daily activities, for 20 minutes on 3 days in a row. Then after a lapse of two weeks to allow any negative feelings stirred up by writing about the upsets to pass, they gave each person a biopsy on the arm. They photographed the healing process over 21 days and discovered that by day 11, of the group doing the expressive writing 76% had fully healed as against 42% of the control group. It appears that a paper in September 2013 in the British Journal of Health Psychology indeed found that writing about an emotional topic lowered participants’ cortisol levels.
In the New Zealand study, the writers who had more sleep in the run up to the biopsy also healed faster.
Although expressive writing did aid healing when done after the event of the physical wound, the most beneficial time was when the writing had been done earlier, according to a BBC R4 programme about it, in the summer of 2017.
To mark the 70 th anniversary in July 2018 of the introduction
of the National Health Service( 1948-2013), new work is
invited for the content of a memorial book. Poems need to
be about the ‘human condition.’ Health or lack of it helps
define a person. Next to your life, is your health. Coping
with ill health, disability, comic, sad, reflective, all types of
1 st prize £200
2 nd prize £100
3 rd prize £50
And a film made of the winning
Wendy Cope “Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis”
Lachlan Mackinnon “ Small Hours ”
The book will include the winners and highly commended, and is to be launched as near to 5 th July 2018 as possible.
New poems must be submitted in English, from writers living in
Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland have different laws governing
their NHS so writers living in those regions are not eligible.
Poems can be in any form.
How to enter.
Entries need to
● be about ‘The human condition’, plus medics, doctors, hospitals etc.
● be no more than 40 lines in the English language, single spaced.
Entries need to be typed
● Closing date for receipt of entries
17 March 2018: remember to leave time for the post to deliver!
Entrants need to be living in England,
Be 18 or over
Entries should be entirely the work of the entrant and must never
have been published, self published, published on any website or
online forum, broadcast, nor won or been placed in any other
Entries should have a title, but no names, address, ‘phone or
e-mail should be on the manuscript. These should be on a
Name, postal address, e-mail address and title of poem/s MUST
be on an sheet accompanying the poem/s. Entry is free.
By entering the competition you confirm you are over 18 and
agree to be contacted about crowdfund for publication and or
booklaunch if necessary.
The prizes have already been donated by a benefactor.
Poems need to be typed and single spaced.
Send entries, accompanying sheet with details and an SAE to:- Poetry Competition PO Box 345 Dewsbury WF13 9EG
Your details will never be shared
Poems which win and are highly commended (we are hoping for a lot!) will be published in the book, but after that, copyright will remain with their authors.
The organisers retain the right to extend the closing date or postpone the competition and will announce such a move on the website, if enough suitable work has not been entered by 17 March 2018.