Black in White Poetry Competition 2024

Have you experienced racism, prejudice, unconscious bias or microaggressions as a child or as a working adult? Write about your experiences in a poem and enter this year’s Poetry Competition.


Your poem could help bring insight and illumination to the race-related issues that many people of colour experience, to build understanding and drive change.

This year’s categories:

1. Workplace racism

2. Childhood racism

You could win one of our top cash prizes per category: 1st prize £250, 2nd prize £125, 3rd prize £75 , The winning poems and around 25 highly commended entries will be published in a new Black in White book, to be launched in October during Black History Month, and the contributors will receive a complimentary copy.

To enter

1. Log onto, pay £1.50 per poem and obtain a payment reference*

2. Send your entry as a Word attachment by email to, quoting your payment reference

Don’t delay, get writing today!

Under 18 enter free. Poems must be your own work, previously unpublished, any style and any length. You can submit as many poems as you want. Poems are judged anonymously, so please do not include your name on the attachments, Full competition rules available at

Closing date: Friday 21st June 2024