King Lear Prizes
The King Lear Prizes is the new national creative arts competition for older people stuck at home because of Coronavirus.
The competition’s name was inspired by William Shakespeare’s famous play, which was written around the time of outbreaks of the plague in London in 1605-06.
The King Lear Prizes was launched to encourage people to produce new works of literature, drama, poetry, music and art during the pandemic.
The King Lear Prizes are specifically for older people (those over 65) and for people who are keen amateurs or first-timers, rather than professionals.
The latest round of the competition has just opened to entries and runs until 19th March 2021.
The competition accepts entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance and there are over £2,000 worth of prizes on offer. The winners will be picked by a panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber. You can enter at a level suitable for you, there are separate categories for beginners and the more experienced.
The King Lear Prizes website at https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk gives more information about the competition and the organisation which runs it.
There is also the King Lear Arts club which is a free on-line Arts Club for the over 60s.