Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2022

Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Great Science Share for Schools, is running a Micropoetry competition themed around ‘Climate Change’. The judging panel includes esteemed poet and Chancellor of the University, Lemn Sissay


The competition runs from 21 March 2022 and closes on 21 June 2022 at midnight BST.


Can you express yourself in 280 characters? Participants are invited to write a micropoem themed around climate change to publish on Twitter using the hashtag #micropoem22.

Maybe you can include the oceans, seasons, animals, sustainable energy, or environmental protection? The possibilities are endless.


This competition is open to all. You do not need to be associated to The University of Manchester to enter the competition.

How to Enter

To enter the competition all you need to do is tweet your micropoem through Twitter, including the hashtag #micropoem22. 

To make the competition more accessible, email entries will also be accepted. Please email your micropoem to:

Please note that the same competition rules apply for micropoems submitted via email, which should be themed around ‘Climate Change’ and kept strictly to a maximum of 280 characters (including spaces).

All poems must be written in English.

How many

One submission will be accepted per person. In the event that multiple entries are submitted, only the first entry will be judged.


Prizes for the best three poems are:

  • 1st prize:  £500
  • 2 runner up prizes: £250 each
  • 10 pairs of tickets for Literature Live, autumn 2022 programme.


Micropoems must be themed as stated. Micropoems that do not have the hashtag #micropoem22 and/or are submitted outside the competition period (21 March – 21 June) will not be considered.

Judging panel

The competition will be judged by:

  • John McAuliffe, Professor of Poetry at The University of Manchester and co-director at the Centre for New Writing
  • Maryam Hessavi, Manchester-based Poet and Critic
  • Lemn Sissay, The University of Manchester Chancellor, Poet and Writer.


The winners will be announced by 5pm on Monday 25 July 2022.

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