Girls Allowed

In this year’s Sydenham Arts Festival ‘Summer & Sydenham’ we are providing a platform for women who want to challenge stereotypes of race, faith, age and gender. The festival will feature a great line up of women, some of whom are known for their sometimes controversial but always exciting take on life in post Brexit Britain. Now you have a chance to join the debate. We are looking for poems in any style, up to a maximum of forty lines under the theme Girls Allowed! – which should give you plenty of scope.

Poetry competition in partnership with Alarms & Excursions for lovers of poetry and spoken word in Sydenham and surrounding boroughs.


Enter as many poems as you like. The fee per entry is £3 or £10 for 5.

1st prize £50 2nd prize £25 3rd prize £10
The closing date for receipt of entries is
21 June 2017.
Winners will be notified by 1 July
Send your poems and payment to Sydenham Arts Ltd to:
Girls Allowed, Sydenham Arts,
44a Sydenham Road, London SE26 5QX
Click here to view the T & C’s


With two collections published to date, Isabel has performed all over the UK, in Paris and Rotterdam, appearing with, amongst others, John Hegley, Michael Horowitz, Elvis McGonagall, Daljit Nagra…She also curates the poetry for the annual St Leonards Festival in Hastings. Isabel was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Radio 3 Proms Poetry Competition. She is a Trustee of the Poetry Society and Sydenham Arts.