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Liverpool Hope University and the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival have joined forces to launch the A Day in the Life poetry and short story competition.

How to enter

Entrants are invited to submit either a poem, short story or video clip which shines a light on an aspect, either positive or negative, of their life in the Liverpool City Region.  

It could be related to school, work, community or leisure time, and should give a snapshot of a typical 24 hours in the person’s life.

Applicants can use whatever medium they’d like - whether it’s written word, short video, a rap or a link to their TikTok or any other social media clip.

Please electronically complete a consent below and email it to

You can also enter via WhatsApp, please send entries to 07864 575363.

Adults competition consent form

Parent/Guardian competition consent form

Consent form - Arabic version


Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place - £100
  • 2nd place - £150
  • 3rd place - £100

The deadline for entries is Friday 17th June.

The competition will be judged by experts from Hope and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and its community partners, with the winner announced during the organisation’s big summer spectacular on Wednesday 13th July - at Creative Campus' Great Hall.

One of those judges will be the award-winning poet Dr Eleanor Rees, who is also Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Hope.

Among the panel of judges from Liverpool Arab Arts Festival are prize-winning Yemeni novelist Hamdan Dammag and Amina Atiq, a Yemeni- Scouse poet, performance artist, creative practitioner and award-winning community activist.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is the UK’s longest-running annual Arab arts and culture festival, platforming the best UK and international Arab artists.

The festival creates a dynamic between traditional and contemporary Arab artforms, encouraging informed debate that explores, and increases, appreciation of Arab people and their rich cultures.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival’s work continues throughout the year, with a wide range of events and participatory projects that bring together artists and diverse communities. From Liverpool to the Arab world, LAAF builds connections that help more people to encounter and experience Arab culture in Liverpool and beyond.

The year-round programme of artistic and cultural events includes Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, which runs this year from Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th July 2022.

The festival brings a thrilling celebration of Arab culture to venues across the city and showcases the richness of Arab culture through a curated programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and digital events.

*Read the Press release - Arabic version

Terms & Conditions

The competition is open to those either living in the Liverpool City Region (as well as separately in Palestine and Jordan). 

You can submit your art work either in Arabic or English.

Any video-based submissions must be either one minute in duration, or less.