Richard Wise Prize: Creative Writing Competition

by | Jan 30, 2023

We all know that in our society poverty is criminalised — whether it’s imprisonment for owing council tax, prosecution for not paying the tv licence or being punished because your child has missed school through anxiety or unmet special educational needs.

 

Is It A Crime to be Poor?  ‘s aim is to get people talking and thinking about this topic and in order to do this we are launching a competition.

 

They are conducting the Richard Wise prize competition.  Info about this will be on the website from 10 February.


Is it a crime to be poor?

In early 2023 Is It A Crime To Be Poor (ICP) will run a competition, open to everyone living in the UK, with prizes for the best entries in three categories. Launch date of the competition is 21st February 2023.

To get started please visit https://crimetobepoor.org and read the ICP Mission Statement and blogs.

The competition

  • We invite anyone resident in the UK to write on this topic:

Is it a crime to be poor?

  • We ask for a piece of writing that is readable, interesting and original: an essay, a blog, a short story, a poem, a play, a letter (to someone real or imaginary), a film or TV script or a personal account drawn from your own life.
  • Word limit is 1200 words including footnotes, if any.
  • Any work quoted must be referenced. The reference list is not included in the word limit.

Final date for entries: Friday 31st March 2023

Prize A – Open to everyone age 18 and over:

  • 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50

Prize B – For anyone who has experienced detention or custody (in prison, secure hospital, young offender institution, immigration removal centre etc), not currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system:

  • 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50

Prize C – For young people up to 18:

  • 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50For information about Richard Wise see https://crimetobepoor.org
  • We plan to publish a selection of the entries on the ICP website.

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