Tools for Solidarity poetry competition launched

Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity is launching its inaugural poetry competition, inviting poems on the theme of ‘solidarity’.

Tools For Solidarity is a non profit making development organisation from Northern Ireland run entirely by volunteers. They are actively working for a more equitable distribution of power and resources in the world.

The competition will be judged by two poets who have been published by Lagan previously: Maria McManus (We are Bone, The Cello Suites, Reading the Dog) and Deirdre Cartmill (The Return of the Buffalo, Midnight Solo)

The charity has three basic aims:

  • To provide people, communities and projects in sub Sahara Africa with basic hand tools and machines so that they may practice their skills and improve the quality of their own and their community’s life.
  • To raise awareness throughout Northern Ireland about the issues of sustainable development within our own society as well as in the so called Third World or Majority world.
  • To provide opportunities for people in NI to participate in worthwhile and valuable work.

Contact and submission details:
Prizes: £200 (first prize), £75 (second prize), £25 (third prize).
Entries are welcomed from any part of the world.
Maximum length of poem: 40 lines
All winning and commended poems will be published on the Tools for Solidarity
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £8 for two poems, £10 for three poems.
Closing date: 30th April 2017. The Awards Night will be on Friday 9th June 2017 as part of the Belfast Book Festival. All entrants are invited to attend.

For a full list of rules and submission guidelines, visit



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