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eShe Lockdown Poetry Contest 2020 for Women

Has lockdown 2020 inspired the poet in you? Share your poetry and win!

Update, August 15, 2020: This contest is closed. The results are available here.

Get writing, girls! eShe is proud to present ‘Lockdown Poetry Contest 2020’ for women writers in association with ICRI India and Harper Collins India.

Jury includes globally renowned poet Arundhathi Subramaniam.


Theme: Lockdown
Language: English
Word limit: 400 words
Author eligibility: Women writers of all ages who are residents of India
Original and unpublished work only
Only one submission allowed per writer (please do not send pieces submitted elsewhere)

Submission format: Attach your poem as a Word document. The file must contain the title of the piece, along with the name, email, postal address and phone number of the author.

Subject line: The email title should say “Contest entry by (your name)”

Submit your entry to:

Submission deadline: 11.59 pm on July 31, 2020


Winners will be announced on August 15, 2020.
The winner gets a full scholarship to any Certification Course worth Rs 30,000 (plus GST) from ICRI India (subject to meeting the minimum qualification)
+ a set of four books from Harper Collins
+ an award certificate from eShe
10 runners-up will each receive a set of two books from Harper Collins + a merit certificate from eShe.
All winning entries will be published by eShe.


1 comment on “eShe Lockdown Poetry Contest 2020 for Women

  1. Within the walls of our homes,
    we see our life flash by.
    So close to childhood memories,
    as we play them on our whimsy.

    That life has given us a bit more than busy streets and errands,
    The second inning in this match came in in our pursuit of what is apparent.

    In locked out rooms in helplessness do we see the true appetite,
    To pursue abandoned books and rhyme something new.
    That power to defer is no longer with us,
    stillness to be crossed for bonds to renew.

    Obliged for affordable fears,
    we witness the catastrophe in despair.
    The shelter that comforts can nurture demons beyond repair.

    Dreams must wait, patience must be borrowed.
    Let’s float invitations to this required marriage as
    blues are to be conceded not embraced.

    From deep paths of our neurons, a single thought prevails.
    For in this formidable moments
    the plainness of heart reveals,
    channels of love make our life surreal.


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