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Martlets Care Poetry Competition 2018

People usually are the happiest at home

The Martlets Care Poetry competition is open to anyone aged 17 or older, and free to enter. The theme of the competition is to celebrate and explore ‘happiness at home’ and ‘feeling at home’.  The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 50 lines in length.

“People usually are the happiest at home” is a quote often attributed to William Shakespeare.  This competition is hosted by Martlets Care, which is a social enterprise agency that cares for individuals in their own homes in Brighton & Hove and surrounds.  Martlets Care is owned by, and contributes all profits to, the Martlets Hospice.  Martlets Care clients are adults with varying ages and medical conditions who need extra help at home with their personal care requirements (very few of our clients require palliative care).  Martlets Care has a team over 80 care workers and staff, is highly regarded by clients and is the Best Care Employer in the South East, according the Great British Care Awards, and is currently shortlisted for two national business awards.

Shortlisted Poems

Shortlisted poems will be featured in a poetry publication, to be sold with all profits contributed to the Martlets Hospice.  Shortlisted and curated poems will be read to an audience at a Brighton Fringe spoken word event at Martlets Hospice in Hove on 10th September  2018 (profits from ticket sales, will also be donated to the Martlets Hospice).  Selected poems will also be read and videoed for inclusion on Martlets Care social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).


 Dr Jess Moriarty, Course Leader of English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.

Deadline for Competition Entries

By midnight 21st April 2018


Further Information & How to Enter

Martlets Care website                     

Competition Facebook page          

Competition email address            

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