#OdeToSex: Poetry competition

6 July 2015

Can you sum up the joy of sex in one tweet? What about the darker side? To celebrate our sexology literature tour, we want you to sweep us off our feet with your poetry skills.

We’re looking for your best efforts to craft a poem about sex using the medium of Twitter, as part of Sex in the Afternoon. The limits imposed by writing a poem on Twitter can result in surprising creativity, as these examples show.

Inspired? Then enter our competition! The only rules are that it has to be about sex (so not love per se) and it must fit into one tweet. Share your poem exploring and exposing sex in all its joy, pain and glory with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #OdeToSex (that still leaves you with 130 characters!). How can we express our desires? What stops us?

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to Sex in the Afternoon, the London event at the Southbank Centre on 26 July 2015. You have until 14 July 2015 to tweet your poem. The winning entry will be selected by our panel of judges:

  • Russell Thompson Research Coordinator, Apples and Snakes
  • Elizabeth Lynch Sexology Season Producer, Wellcome Trust
  • Malika Booker Writer of poetry, plays and monologues, Malika is one of the writers involved in Sex in the Afternoon (find out more)

Terms and conditions apply, so make sure you read them before entering.

Sex in the Afternoon is a live literature tour and four short digital films commissioned as part of Wellcome Collection’s national Sexology Season.