Tunbridge Wells Soroptimist Barbara Bradford Award Poetry Competition 2020/21
You are invited to submit poems for a competition in memory of Barbara Bradford, a leading Tunbridge Wells Soroptimist and former lecturer at SOAS, London University.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement. The Latin term Soroptimist is widely interpreted as meaning ‘the best for Women’—an ideal Soroptimists work to achieve in every sphere of their lives. In Tunbridge Wells we actively support local community projects aimed at enabling young women achieve their full potential through education and self-empowerment.
Poems should be on the subject ‘2020’. Open interpretation of this theme will cover significant events that affected your life. Although the Covid pandemic is the likely root cause of such challenges this year, another starting point for your poem might be the future and how you will face/overcome/deal with the changed landscape of your life as a result.
We are pleased to offer 3 prizes of £50, one in each category—
Key Stage 4 Years 10-11
Key Stage 3 Years 7-9
Shortlisted poets and poems will be made available on request
Free—by post or email
Deadline for receipt of entries—31 December 2020
Tunbridge Wells Soroptimist Club
PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY
We look forward to receiving your entries.
- Poems must be 40 lines or less, excluding title
- Each entry, including title, must be typed in a standard 12-point font
- Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and not been awarded a prize in any other competition.
- No entrant may win more than one prize.
- Entrants must attend school in the local Tunbridge Wells/Tonbridge Area
- Entries close at midnight 31 December 2020
How to Enter
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attach your poem in a separate document to the email
In the email subject line, please write ‘Soroptimist Poetry Competition’.
In the body of the email, include name, title of poem, class year & School
Type your poem with a separate cover note to include your name, title of poem, class year & school, and an email address
Post entries with cover note to—
Soroptimist Poetry Competition 2020
c/o Angela McPherson
Programme Action Officer
8 Time Square
Lime Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells TN1 1BE
Please keep a copy of your work, as entries cannot be returned.
Please check your entry before you send it.
The judges’ decision is final.
Entry Deadline—31 December 2020
Winners and those shortlisted will be notified by email.
Copyright remains with the author.
Shortlisted poets and winners may be invited to read their poem at a prize-giving event. In addition, some poems may be printed at a later date on our website—
https://sigbi.org/tunbridge-wells/ or in another format.
Programme Action Officer
Tel: 07845 039344
Tunbridge Wells Soroptimist Competition 2018
Results January 2019
Sixth Form Prize : Francesca M for her poem 100 Years Later Tonbridge Grammar School
Year 9 Prize : Emma L for her poem Be A Rebel, Not a Slave Tonbridge Grammar School
Year 7&8 Prize: Olivia B for her poem They Never Fled Weald of Kent Grammar School
Highly Commended : Diya B for her poem Keep on Marching Weald of Kent Grammar School
Torulin R for her poem I Am… Weald of Kent Grammar School
Tunbridge Wells Soroptimists, established in 1946, is part of a global volunteer movement. The Latin name Soroptimist is best interpreted as ‘the best for Women’ and Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve the ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives. Here in Tunbridge Wells they support many issues and campaigns which aim to help young women in their future lives and careers through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities with a focus on fundraising for local community projects.
The Barbara Bradford Award has been established as a biannual competition in memory of Barbara Bradford, a committed member of Tunbridge Wells Soroptimists and a former lecturer at SOAS, London University. Poems were invited on the subject of VOTE 100, a reflection of the important 100 year anniversary of Women being able to vote. The competition was open to all secondary schools in the area.
Three prizes of £50 each were awarded to Sixth Former Francesca from Tonbridge Grammar School for her poem 100 Years Year 9 Prize to Emma also from Tonbridge Grammar School for her poem Be A Rebel, Not a Slave and Year 7&8 Prize: Olivia from Weald of Kent Grammar School for her poem They Never Fled
Highly Commended book prizes were awarded to Torulin and Diya, year 7, Wealf of Kent Grammar School.
Soroptimist Caroline Auckland and Angela McPherson together with Barbara’s husband Ian Bradford visited Tonbridge Grammar School to present the awards and hear the poems read.