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Commonwealth Youth Council Poetry Competition for Applicants of Commonwealth Country, 2017

Applications are invited for Commonwealth Youth Council Poetry Competition for the applicants of Commonwealth Country.To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council launches “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.”

The objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the experience and lives of young people with disabilities which are often unseen and not spoken of Note that the CYC is taking a broad definition of disabilities to include visible and invisible disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.

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  • Aged 15 – 29 years old
  • National of Commonwealth country
  • Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • One poem per person
  • Team submissions are permissible but restricted to teams of 3.

Application Procedure:

  • For the hearing-impaired: Submissions can be made in a written form of sign language that is video recorded. If a submission is by video recording in sign language, then it must be accompanied by an interpreter (who does not count as a team member) doing a voice-over. Alternatively, the video must have subtitles.
  • For the visually-impaired: Submissions can be made in braille level 2 (English) or audio and video recordings of the reading of the poetry.
  • All entries will be judged anonymously so the following information must be provided with submission email: Name of Author(s), Date of birth, Citizenship and Title of the poem on a separate sheet if posted or emailed.
  • Submission can be made by post to Commonwealth Youth Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, FAO: Lawrence Muli, Room E101, Youth Division, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5HX

Application Deadline: Closed

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