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Poetry Competition

To celebrate Switchboard’s upcoming 50th Birthday in 2024 and celebrate the vast creativity within the LGBTQIA+ communities, they have launched a poetry competition and are calling for submissions around the theme of “A Poem for Switchboard”.

Whether you have reached out to Switchboard yourself, been a volunteer or simply understand the importance of a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community, they would love to hear from you.

Some examples of things you could write about include:

  • Your experience calling or chatting with Switchboard in the past and the impact this had on you

  • Reasons why you might have never reached out to Switchboard, but would like to or wanted to

  • The importance of safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community

  • LGBTQIA+ role models

  • People who were there for you, but may no longer be

  • The need to have someone to listen to or communicate your thoughts and feelings with

  • Your hopes and fears for the future

  • 50 years of activism and change in our communities

Click here ( to read more about the competition, as well as get the T's & C's.

A few important things to note about the competition:

  • Maximum of 50 lines per poem.

  • Poems may be submitted anonymously or attributed to their author.

  • Closing date: 5th February 2024

  • All poems must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

  • Successful entries will be assessed by our judging poets and winning poems will be published by Switchboard.

  • There is no financial reward attached to this competition, but we will be inviting the winning authors to a Switchboard reception.

Please email your submissions to


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