Wednesday, March 29, 2017


International Writers Competition

 

2017 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities

Sponsored by Transdev

The Competition

Deadline for applications is May 8th, 2017

This year's theme is "Empowerment Through Inclusion"

Eligibility: Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix's ten sister cities: Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Type of Writing: Poems of 32 lines or less submitted in English.

Theme: "Empowerment Through Inclusion"

Entry Fee: $15 per entrant for residents of Phoenix. No fee for residents of any one of Phoenix’s ten sister cities.

Submittal Requirements: 

  • Poems are requested to be submitted by e-mail as Word or Adobe files. E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Poems must be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address and phone number.
  • The name must be on the poem itself.
  • Poems must be submitted in English. Poems not submitted in English will be sent to the PSC board. If poems cannot be translated by members of the PSC board, poems will be translated through a computerized program.
  • Subject matter is open, but must be consistent with the theme.
  • Entries not conforming to contest rules will be disqualified; entry fees will not be returned.

Judging: A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on theme interpretation, composition and originality.

Due Date: May 8th, 2017

Prizes: 1st -$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd- $150. Certificates of Participation will be provided to all participants.

Publication: Poems will be published on the PSC website and incorporated into an annual calendar.

Awards Event: Friday June 9th, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. at Luci's Healthy Marketplace; 1590 Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

For More Information: Contact: Mary Jane Trunzo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602-224-0202.

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2016 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 

2016 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities Award Reception

ICWD 2016 Award Winners Announced!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

FIRST PLACE

Voices of my Own, written by Nancy Cormanberk from Phoenix, AZ.

SECOND PLACE

Although I Cannot Walk Beside You, written by Ying Yang from Chengdu, China.

THIRD PLACE

Broken Crayon with No Color, written by Joy Valerius from Tucson, AZ.

2015 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities

Sponsored by Transdev

The Competition

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 15th, 2015.

This year's theme is "Inclusion; Breaking Barriers...Opening Doors".

Eligibility: Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix's ten sister cities: Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Type of Writing: Poems of 32 lines or less submitted in English.

Entry Fee: $15 per entrant for residents of Phoenix. No fee for residents of any one of Phoenix’s ten sister cities.

Submittal Requirements: 

  • Poems are requested to be submitted by e-mail as Word or Adobe files or other formats if accommodation is requested. E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Poems must be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address and phone number.
  • The name must be on the poem itself.
  • Poems must be submitted in English. Poems not submitted in English will be sent to the PSC
  • board. If poems cannot be translated by members of the PSC board, poems will be translated through a computerized program.
  • Subject matter is open, but must be consistent with the theme.
  • Entries not conforming to contest rules will be disqualified; entry fees will not be returned.
  • A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on theme interpretation, composition and originality.

Due Date: May 15th, 2015

Prizes: 1st -$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd- $150. Certificates of Participation will be provided to all participants.

Publication: Poems will be published on the Phoenix Sister Cities website and made available internationally.

Awards Event: Friday June 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at Lucy's Healthy Marketplace; 1590 Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

For More Information: Contact: Mary Jane Trunzo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602-224-0202.

 

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ICWD 2015 Award Winners Announced!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FIRST PLACE

A Voice of Our Own, written by Hua-Hsuan Chung from Taipei, Taiwan.

SECOND PLACE

Everyone Needs a Helping Hand, written by Jennifer Hynes from Ennis, Ireland.

THIRD PLACE

Breaking Down Barriers ... Opening Doors, written by Jorge Gonzalez from Phoenix, AZ.

 


 

ICWD 2015 Award Winners To Be Announced!

Monday, June 8, 2015

 

Poems coming soon...

The Winners of the International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2015 will be presented at Luci's Healthy Marketplace on June 12th at 6pm!

Visit our Facebook page and join the event to stay updated!

 

 

 


 

5th Annual 2014 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities

Monday, 14 July 2014

The 5th Annual 2014 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities took place on June 13, 2014 and highlighted poets with disabilities from the Phoenix area as well as our Sister City Counterparts. Poems were required to be written in English, no longer than 32 lines, and inspired by the theme "Celebrating Differences." Each writer was allowed to submit multiple entries.

A panel of judges evaluated the entries based upon theme interpretation, composition, and originality. Trophies and cash prizes were presented to the three top winners and all entrants received a certificate of participation. Michael Sleeseman, Chairman of the Disability Committee stated, "The poetry, as in the past, was incredibly inspiring and uplifting."

The awards ceremony took place at Luci's Healthy Marketplace which generously awarded dinners to the top three winners. The awards event was well attended. Jack Besch, a Phoenix Sister Cities’ board member and corporate representative from title sponsor Veolia Transportation, helped present the awards. Submissions were from Chengdu, Phoenix, and a couple of entries from countries in Africa.

The first place winner of the 2014 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities was Reba Carol Beckwith from Phoenix, Arizona with her poem "The Gift of Me." In second place, also representing Phoenix, was Jorge Gonzalez with his poem "Different." The third place winner was Chen Quangling from Chengdu, China with the poem titled "Celebrating Life." Michael Sleeseman emceed the event. Barbara Chatzkel, last year's first place winner, read the third place winning poem from Chengdu, China.

The Disabilities Awareness Committee is excited to offer recognition to those writers who have reached beyond their disability and utilized their creative talents to promote a global understanding of disabilities. This contest extends the committee’s outreach efforts to writers with disabilities and provides an opportunity for them to display their creativity through poetry. We want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to the success of this event.

 


 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Applications now Open: International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2015

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 15th 2015.

This year's theme is "Inclusion; Breaking Barriers...Opening Doors" through poetry. Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix's ten sister cities are eligible to apply for the 2015 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities.

For more information, click here.

 


Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities

International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2014

Applications for Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities are now open.

Deadline for applications has been extended to June 1, 2014.

This year's theme is "Celebrating Differences". 

Eligibility: Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix's ten sister cities: Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan. 

Type of Writing: Poems of 32 lines or less written in English.

 


 

International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2013 Awards Ceremony

Friday, June 14, 2013

This year's ICWD awards was sponsored by Veolia Transportation and held at Luci's Healthy Marketplace. theme was Hope Sees the Invisible and Achieves the Impossible. Authors are 19 years of age and older with a disability, and reside within the City of Phoenix or any of our sister cities. The entries are poems of 32 lines or less.

The Phoenix Sister Cities Disabilities Awareness Committee held an awards ceremony for the 2013 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix on Friday, June 14, 2013. In an evening filled with friends, food and poetry, the winners of this year’s competition were recognized for their outstanding work. Mary Green of Phoenix won third place with her poem “Presence”, which she read to the guests at the ceremony, while Shi Zhaojun of Chengdu, China won second place with the poem “We All Have Dreams”. Unfortunately, Zhaojun was unable to make it to the ceremony. The first place winner was Barbara Chatzkel with her poem “My Difference”, which she read to the guests. Holly Parsons, a judge for the competition, was also in attendance. She wrote a moving email about the competition, which was read aloud by Mary Jane Trunzo, Chair of the Phoenix Sister Cities Disability Awareness Committee.

Read the poems here:

1st place: Barbara Chatzkel (Phoenix)
"My Difference"

2nd place: Shi Zhaojun (Chengdu)
"We All Have Dreams"

3rd place: Mary Green (Phoenix)
"Presence"

Congratulations to our winners!

 


 

International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2012 Awards Winners

June 8, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 ICWD award winners! The theme was "Power Lies Within."

The poems are available to read here:

1st Place: Michael Bouchard
"Assistance of a Dream"

2nd Place: Deborah Flowers
"Never-Ending Strength"

3rd Place: Cori Bowles
"Today"

 


International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2011 Awards Presentation


KJZZ radio (91.5 FM) interviewed Harry Wolfe and Julie Peterson about the Phoenix Sister Cities 2011 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities. In addition to discussing the poetry competition for writers with disabilities and encouraging entries, Julie Peterson read her poem that took first place in last year's competition along with two other poems.


You may listen to the broadcast here.

2011 ICWD POEMS





To promote the Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Artists with Disabilities and encourage entries, the Phoenix Sister Cities Disabilities Awareness Committee takes pride in sharing with you this inspiring video:

The video, produced by Michael Sleeseman, celebrates the success of the first International Competition for Writers with Disabilities that was held in November 2006. Its decidely Asian theme reflects the large number of submittals from Phoenix Sister Cities in Taipei, Taiwan and Chengdu, China. The winning entry was from Taipei, Taiwan.