International Poetry Competition 2019 update

Hello :)

The truth is, is that I'm actually really only writing this blog post because I've just spent the last forty five minutes going through my websites to find a photo I can use for my new 'Donate' button thumbnail address, for the main competition blog page over on my Wix website.

I'm not really one for selfies and Instagram and all that, but just before I carry on, and just for the sake of it, here's a photo of me back two years ago when I won two tickets to see Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschco back in 2017 and went along with my younger brother after entering a Facebook competition done by Lucozade.
It was my first ever time inside Wembley even thought when I was a runaway teenager I visited it and hung around a couple of times back in the days when they still had the twin towers outside.
Certainly not two words that are said in the same jest these days.

Right, now we've got the thumbnail photo out of the way, time to update you about my International Poetry Competition For Children In Care.

A while back I decided to launch a poetry competition for children in care.
The full details and information on how to enter  as well as prizes can be found at

Due to a high number of requests I've now added a category for care leavers. So for those working with young people having left the care system, this competition is now open to care leavers too.

It's a good suggestion to be fair, especially when you learn so much about yourself in hindsight having needed to process a lot of stuff.

The competition is free to enter for any child in care or care-leaver via a registered social worker or keyworker, and the closing date for entries is 1st September 2019.

Please consider supporting me by purchasing a signed colour copy or two of Poems From a Runaway using the paypal link below or by using the donate button at the bottom of the Wix blog page.


Ben Westwood.
Author of
Poems From a Runaway - A True Story

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