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Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2022

21 Mar 2022

Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Great Science Share for Schools, is running a Micropoetry competition themed around ‘Climate Change’

Micropoetry Competition 2022

The competition launched on World Poetry Day – Monday 21 March 2022 – and ends on the longest day of the year, Tuesday 21 June 2022.

Can you express yourself creatively in 280 characters? Participants are invited to write a micropoem themed around climate change to publish on Twitter using the hashtag #micropoem22. Maybe you can include the oceans, seasons, animals, sustainable energy or environmental protection? The possibilities are endless. You may also want to take inspiration from the pioneering interdisciplinary research taking place at the University, brought together through colleagues in the research platform, Sustainable Futures | The University of Manchester.

To enter, participants are invited to write a climate-themed micropoem and tweet their poem with the hashtag #micropoem22. To make the competition more accessible, email entries will also be accepted. Please email your micropoem to


The prizes for the best three poems are:

  • 1st prize: £500
  • 2 runner up prizes: £250 each
  • 10 pairs of tickets for Literature Live autumn 2022 programme


The esteemed judging panel is as follows:

  • John McAuliffe, Professor of Poetry at The University of Manchester and Director of Creative Manchester 
  • Maryam Hessavi, Manchester-based Poet and Critic
  • Lemn Sissay, The University of Manchester Chancellor, Poet and Writer.

Further Information

To find out more about the competition please take a look at the competition web page.