The Ellie J. Shakerley Poetry Competition

The Competition

The Ellie J. Shakerley Poetry Competition has been setup to support the vital work Rethink Mental Illness delivers. Ellie hoped that her example might help and inspire others, their families and carers to use creative writing to turn the toughest days into positives

The competition made possible by the family of Ellie Shakerley, has been created to boost fun, joy, and friendship within Rethink Mental Illness groups.

This year our Lived Experience Advisory Board have chosen the theme of...


Get writing! Poems can be submitted to until 14th February 2021

Entrants must be a member of a Rethink Mental Illness group.


This year entries will be judged on:

Relevance to theme
Overall Impact

The word limit for each poem is 150 words


The prizes

Each winning entry will win you £100.00 and £900.00 for your group to use within the year to be spent on activities to boost fun, joy and friendship.

Winners announced in March 2021.

If you have any questions at all get in touch, email 

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