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.

The prize pool includes 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 all three Adelaide City Libraries and in North Adelaide Community Centre in October as part of the MHCSA’s Mental Health Month mindshare Exhibition.

Guidelines

The awards open on Tuesday 15th June and close on Monday 9th 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 4 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All submissions must be your original work and unpublished.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.

After filling out the entry form below, please send your submission/s to email mindshare@mhcsa.org.au with the subject line: mindshare Awards Submission 2021

It is preferred that creative writing is typed. For administration purposes, documents should be labelled as follows: First Name Last Name_Title of Work

If you need to submit in an alternative format, please contact mindshare directly.

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.

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

Winners will be announced by mindshare's Online Editor Anna Jeavons and Writers SA Director Jessica Alice at the MHCSA's Mental Health Month spoken word event Poetry Prescribed on Thursday 21st of October 2021. Save the date, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for updates!

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 here: 2021-mindshare-Awards-Guidelines

Download our Promotional Flyer here: mindshare-awards_2021_Flyer

2021 mindshare Awards Entry Form