UNISON launches 2018 writing competition at ULR Conference

UNISON Learning and Organising Services is marking the union’s 25th anniversary year with a writing competition. The theme is:

Learning: past, present, future

The competition is open to all UNISON members. Entries should be a maximum of 1500 words long. They can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. They should address the theme of learning, but do not necessarily have to include past, present and future.

Examples of qualifying entries might include:

*) a personal account of your own learning journey
*) a diary entry from the point of view of an adult learner in the early 20th century
*) a factual report about a learning activity that you have recently undertaken
*) a poem describing how you felt after your first experience of union learning
*) a magazine article about people who have inspired others to learn
*) a short story imagining what learning might be like in the year 2050

These are just ideas! You are encouraged to interpret the theme as broadly as you like.

The competition will be judged by:

*) Genevieve Clarke, Reading Agency
*) Andrew Jennison, UNISON ULR at De Montfort University
*) Kathleen Jowitt, Betty Trask award winning novelist and UNISON staff
*) Kirsi Kekki, Unionlearn policy officer for English and maths learning

The six best entries will be published in a celebration booklet and the winning entry will be read out at UNISON’s National Delegate Conference 2018.

The closing date is Friday 27 April 2018.

To enter, download and complete the entry form on the UNISON website and send your piece by email to [email protected], including the words ‘Writing Competition’ in the subject line, or by post to:

Writing Competition, UNISON Learning and Organising Services, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY