Open Submissions call: Sampad, International Writing Competition

Submissions call: Sampad for 2020-2021. Please visit:

My City My Home, is a creative writing competition with a focus on women from Birmingham, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The topic will focus on ‘city and home’ and how this connects to women. The identity and role of women is as diverse across the cities and countries as is 21st century society.

“We want to give women and girls the chance to tell their story.
We need to hear it from them.”
– Piali Ray OBE, Director Sampad –

Would she ask –Who is telling my story? Where is home? Where do I belong? What are my memories? What are my dreams? Is this city mine? Do I love my city? Do I care? Have I made a home? What memories can we make for the future? who are the faces of our cities? where is the soul of the cities? people? music? arts? money? buildings?
What are we learning from each other – who is in the dialogue ? What do we want to celebrate?

You can enter a poem, short story or other prose.

Eligibility to enter
• All entrants must be women or girls of Aged 16+
• Submissions may be up to 1000 words
• Entrants must be residents or demonstrate a clear connection with locations in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Birmingham (UK)

Closing date for entries: 30 December 2020

Winners will be informed between 22-26 February 2021
X3 Winners will each receive £200.00
Publication of entries and further selected pieces will be launched in Birmingham, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in summer 2021.

Enquiries about the calls for submissions should be directed to Sampad, please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this call is run by Sampad, not Commonwealth Writers.