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New international writing competition launched

  • Date: 21 November 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Birmingham based National Portfolio Organisation, Sampad, has joined together with British Council India to launch a major new international writing competition called ‘Inspired By My Museum’.

Sampad and British Council India are calling for budding writers to record and share their personal reactions, connections or experiences inspired by a visit to a museum.

Piali Ray, Director of Sampad said:  “An encounter with a museum can be a life-changing experience. We hope that this competition will inspire budding writers to reflect on their personal experiences and share them with the world! Sampad continually strives to profile creative people and we’re proud to be working with the British Council India again to bring talented writers to the public’s attention, while reinforcing the work we deliver internationally to develop intercultural dialogues across communities.”

Isabel Churcher, Relationship Manager for Museums at Arts Council England, said: “I would really encourage people to take part in the ‘Inspired By My Museum” competition. Through their partnership, Sampad and British Council India are creating a global platform for aspiring writers to share their experiences and ideas, as well as giving them the chance to have their work recognised internationally. We have a wealth of fantastic museums across England, many of which are now Arts Council England Major Partner Museums, and I look forward to reading about the inspiration people have found when visiting them.”

Entries for ‘Inspired By My Museum’ can be in the form of a poem, short story or report and people can take their inspiration from the museum space, architecture, design, a specific object/s within the museum, or even the museum or exhibition curator.

Writers from anywhere in the world aged over 16 can take part and the last date for submissions is Monday 10 February 2014. The winning pieces will be published in a special commemorative book next year.

Both Sampad and British Council India anticipate an enthusiastic response to the competition following the overwhelming success of their previous joint venture in 2011/12, ‘Inspired by Tagore’, which triggered more than 1,500 entries from 37 countries across the world.

More information about the competition and the online entry form can be accessed here