Words of Unity
Poetry Competition

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At Global Acts of Unity we use the power of words every day to help spread a message of unity, tolerance, and understanding.

We know how powerful words can be. Now, we’re holding a national poetry competition to ask children and young people to share their own words about what ‘unity’ means to them. Mike says: “I’ve been inspired by many young people on my journey but I want to hear from many more. That’s why we have created Words of Unity to invite students age 11-18, as the leaders of tomorrow, to add their powerful and unique voices to this call for unity, acceptance, and understanding. I want to hear from students about what unity means to them.”

The winner will receive £100 of vouchers and £500 of supplies for their school community

What do I have to do?

To enter you need to create a poem, of any kind, that expresses how YOU feel about unity.
All types of poetry will be accepted – from haikus to spoken word performances and from limericks to raps. So even if you think you’ve never written a poem before – we want to hear from you!
You may want to think about…


What does unity mean to you?

How would you bring people together?

Where are there examples of unity in your school?

We cannot wait to see your submissions!

The rules


The competition is open to everyone aged 11-18 years old.

Written poems should be no more than 400 words, performances of spoken word or rap should be no more than 2 minutes of audio or video.

Make sure you include your name, age, school name, and location as well as your phone number and email address.

The competition closes on 28 February 2020.

Email your entries to WordsofUnity@fourcommunications.com
or send them by post to:
Words of Unity,
Four Communications,
20 St Thomas Street,
London SE1 9BF

ARE YOU A STUDENT?

ARE YOU A STUDENT?

Email your entries to WordsofUnity@fourcommunications.com or send them by post to:

Words of Unity,
Four Communications,
20 St Thomas Street,
London SE1 9BF.

Make sure you include your name, age, school name, and location as well as your phone number and email address.

Please note by entering the Words of Unity competition you consent to your submission being used by Global Acts of Unity in promotional materials that may include marketing, social media, the website, and PR.

Are you a teacher?

We have put together some materials so you can spread the word about the competition in your school, and to help your students get started with their poems.

Download the resource pack below. It contains a poster, assembly kit, and a lesson resource for Key Stage 3 students.

To submit multiple entries on behalf of your class, or school, please email them to WordsofUnity@fourcommunications.com or send them by post to:

Words of Unity, Four Communications,
20 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9BF

You will need to include:

Lead teacher’s name

Lead teacher’s contact details (phone number, email address)

School name and address

Outline of the number of entries you are sending (one per student please!)

Confirmation that each individual student entry is clearly marked with the student’s name, age and school year, and school name.

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