Submit your entry for The mindshare Awards

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The mindshare Awards is a poetry and creative writing competition presented by mindshare, the Mental Health Coalition of SAWriters SA and Access2Arts.

The competition is an opportunity for South Australian writers with lived experience of mental illness to share their stories, showcase their skills, discover new creative communities, and connect with industry professionals.

In 2020, category winners will receive a year-long Writers SA membership!

Winners will receive:

  • a $100 gift card for any Writers SA resources or services;
  • a free 20-minute consultation with the Writers SA Director upon sign up (support workers and carers are welcome to attend);
  • a further 30% discount on all Writers SA workshops and services;
  • advice, information and support in writing activities;
  • career pathway support and opportunities;
  • access to a community of writers;
  • opportunities to meet industry professionals; and
  • opportunities for publication and promotion.

They will also receive a mindshare Awards plaque, $50 gift voucher, and the opportunity to be profiled and interviewed on the Access2Arts website.

Shortlisted entrants will have their work displayed across Adelaide City Libraries as part of the MHCSA’s Mental Health Week mindshare Exhibition.

Award Categories:

There are four (4) award categories for both published and unpublished poets and writers:

  • Unpublished Emerging Poets: For poets who are in their first 5 years of writing and have had no poems published. Entered poems must be no more than 50 lines.
  • Unpublished Emerging Writers: Writers who are in their first 5 years of writing and have had no creative writing published. Entered prose must be no more than 750 words.
  • Published Established Poets: Poets who have been writing for more than 5 years and/or have had poems published. Entered poems must be no more than 50 lines.
  • Published Established Writers: Writers who have been writing for more than 5 years and/or have had creative writing published. Entered prose must be no more than 750 words.

Entries are open to South Australians with lived experience of mental illness. mindshare historically works alongside creatives living with complex mental health challenges who’ve identified expressive arts or storytelling as an important tool in their recovery journey. If this is something you identify with, you are strongly encouraged to enter.

Entries close on Monday, 17 August 2020 at 5pm.

To submit your entry and read the full set of competition guidelines, please head to the mindshare website here.