A NEW CHAPTER poetry competition - Freedom from Torture

Deadline: 28 Oct 2022

Freedom from Torture's literary festival returns as a live event in November this year, culminating in a special star-studded evening at the London Library. 

In advance of the festival, an international poetry competition has been announced, which will be judged by the novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst and Kirsty Allison, editor of Ambit Magazine.

The theme is ‘A New Chapter’, celebrating the hope, optimism and strength it takes for refugees and asylum seekers to build a new life in the UK, especially those who have survived torture. Your entry should represent what a new chapter means for you.

You can submit online and add your poem as an attachment. Entries can be from anywhere in the world, of any length and style and must be the entrant’s original work. They must not have been published, self-published, broadcast or featured among the winners in any previous competition.

All funds raised will support creative group projects for survivors of torture such as art, music and creative writing groups, Write to Life, the longest-running refugee writing group in Britain.

DEADLINE: 28 October 2022, 5.00pm


Donate £5.00 (or more, if you wish), complete your details and upload your poem at http://www.freedomfromtorture.org/poetry (refugees and asylum seekers can enter free of charge by sending poems to events@freedomfromtorture.org with the subject line ‘Poetry competition’).


First prize:

Your poem performed (live or pre-recorded) at literary evening in the London Library on 24 November alongside Julian Barnes, Elif Shafak, Alan Hollinghurst and Inua Ellams.
Two additional VIP tickets to London Library evening.
Your poem published in 250th issue of Ambit Magazine in March 2023.
A year's supply of Papier personalised notebooks and a collection of books.

Runners up:

·      A collection of books.
·      Poem featured on Freedom from Torture’s website and promoted on social media and to press in the run-up to the event.