PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 mindshare Awards are now closed for submissions. 

The mindshare Awards is a poetry and creative writing competition presented by mindshare, the Mental Health Coalition of SA, Writers 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, we are offering four year-long Writers SA memberships for the category winners!

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.

Guidelines

The awards open on Wednesday 1st July and close on Monday 17th August at 5pm.

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, we strongly encourage you to enter.

While entered works do not need to be about your lived experience, poetry and creative writing generated from personal experience or work that tackles mental health themes are encouraged.

You may enter no more than 5 pieces of work in either one category or across multiple categories.

All submissions must be your original work and unpublished. This refers to books or literary publications; works previously published on personal blogs are fine. Copyright of all entries remain with the owner.

On entering the awards, you agree for mindshare and the MHCSA to publish work online through our websites and social media, and in our mindshare Exhibition should your piece be shortlisted.

It is preferred that creative writing is typed. If you need to submit an alternative format, please contact mindshare directly.

Winners will be announced at the Festival of Now on Friday 16th October 2020.

Please note the judges’ decision will be final and the judging panel is not obliged to provide feedback or critical comment on individual entries.

Categories:

There are four (4) award categories for both published and unpublished poets and writers.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

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.

Download the mindshare Awards Guidelines as a word document: 2020-Guidelines

2020 mindshare Awards Entry Form