Disability Arts Cymru Annual Poetry Competition

Blood and Gold by Trish Bermingham - web sizeWe invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Austerity and/or Extravagance

Theme of Austerity/Extravagance: In the light of recent governmental decisions, which affect many people throughout Wales, we want to reflect the feelings about this through our poetry by DAC members, many of whom have been affected by austerity measures. Contrary to this we are also asking for work in response to the theme of ‘Extravagance’.

image ‘Blood & Gold’ by Trish Bermingham

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2015


There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication


The Judges are Dominic Williams and Sian Northey


Dominic Williams

Originally from the valleys of the South Wales Coalfield Dominic is a writer and poet. For nearly twenty years his home has been the small fishing village of Ferryside on the Tywi estuary from where he runs his publishing house Iconau Books. Dominic is a co-founder of the community interest company write4word and with his friend, Irish poet Denis Collins, established the Wales Ireland Spoken-word and Poetry Alliance (WISPA). He is the MC of West Wales’ most established monthly spoken word event, P&[email protected] and manages the annual Dylan Thomas International Summer School on behalf of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter. In 2012, as coordinator of the Coracle project he was a founding partner of the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival and in 2006 organised and managed the week-long Welsh Writing for The World Festival in venues across New York City. Dominic is one of the key individuals who head the international network Coracle Europe which is formed of cultural organisations in England, Wales, Sweden, Spain, Ireland and Turkey. He curates the annual Coracle Europe literary residencies in Tranås, Sweden.

Sian Northey

Sian is a poet and author who works almost solely in Welsh. She writes in various genres but mainly fiction, for adults and children, and poetry. She is also a translator. Her first volume of poetry, Trwy Ddyddiau Gwydr (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2013) was on the Wales Book of the Year shortlist, and her latest book is a novel, Rhyd y Gro (Gomer, 2016). Her next major project, supported by a Literature Wales bursary, will be a novel for young teenagers composed of poems.


Please note: you must be a disabled person aged 16 or over, based in Wales and a DAC member to enter this competition, but membership is free for artists in Wales in all creative fields who identify as disabled people or those with long-term physical and/or mental health conditions. If you are not already a member, you can join at the same time as entering the competition or beforehand online, by post, or by contacting us at [email protected] or [email protected]

  • If you have any access issues in relation to this competition please get in touch


Entry criteria

You can enter by post or email

  1. By post
  2. Poems can be in English or Welsh
  1. Poems should be in response to any piece of work in the DAC Annual Exhibition from 2015/16, or along the theme or Austerity and/or Extravagance. They must be typed/clearly written and not longer than 40 lines. To view the work in the DAC Annual exhibition you can view it on our website www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2015 or you can request a copy of the images by email or dropbox.
  1. Poems should be unpublished and must be your original work.
  2. If sent by post, each poem must be typed/clearly written on a separate sheet of A4 paper. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of A4 paper you should give a: your name and address, b: a list of titles of the poems submitted.
  3. Up to 2 poems may be submitted on payment of the appropriate fee: £5 for one poem or £8 for 2. Cheques should be made payable to DISABILITY ARTS CYMRU.
  1. A selection of poems will be chosen to be part of an e-publication.

Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so keep a copy of your work.

The decision of the adjudicator will be final, and there can be no correspondence concerning the result. Please note this is a competition and there is no guarantee that your poetry will be chosen and the fee is non-refundable.


  1. No alterations can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
  1. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for receipt of entry if required (marked RECEIPT).
  2. The winners will be notified by post or email by the end of Sept 2016.

No person may win more than one prize.

  1. Staff and board members of DAC are not eligible to enter
  1. There will be one prize of £50 for the winner of the English Language entries which Dominic Williams will judge and one prize of £50 for the winner of the Welsh language entries which will be judged by Sian Northey.
  2. Entries should be addressed to: Disability Arts Cymru, Sbectrwm, Bwlch Rd, Fairwater, Cardiff CF5 3EF

Entry form not required. You can view details from our website. www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk

  1. By Email

Rules as above but send your poems to us as an attachment in an email. Please submit your poems as a single Word file (but with each poem on a separate page), and submit (in the same e mail) a separate Word file giving your contact details and the list of titles.

Our e-mail is [email protected] or [email protected]

Copyright of all poems will remain with the authors, but by submitting work to this competition, you give Disability Arts Cymru permission to publish your poem/s online, in print and in any e-publication.


For more information Tel: 02920 551 040

Email: [email protected]


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