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20 Jul 2015

Inspired by Gandhi | writing competition

gandhiSampad cultural development agency in the UK has an open call to aspiring writers of all ages around the world to submit a poem, short story or reportage inspired by Gandhi for its international competition.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

Mahatma Gandhi is a towering figure in history whose philosophy of non-violence, passion for equality and independence and socio-political intelligence continues to be an inspiration for many leaders.

Sampad’s latest international writing competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to connect with this immensely philosophical and influential thinker and leader, and express their own response through inspired writing.

Our key motivations for delivering this project are to

  • Stimulate research into Gandhi’s life and philosophy

  • Motivate young and old to express themselves through creative writing

  • Inform new and uninformed generations about this amazing personality

  • Engage with wide audiences and participants across the globe as an on-line project

The publication which will be produced at the end of the competition will be a valuable educational tool and source of inspiration for young people in schools and colleges and beyond, helping to keep Gandhi’s message alive for future generations.

If you have a poem, short story or reportage inspired by Gandhi, let us know and your words could be selected for publication. In order to enter the competition, you must firstly read the Rule and FAQs - see website.

Please note that:

  • Any writer from anywhere in the world from the age of 8 upwards can take part.

  • All entries must be written in English.

  • Entries can be up to 400 words.

  • Only two entries are allowed per person

  • THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MONDAY 20 JULY 2015 (new extended deadline)


Established in 1990, Sampad is a development agency for South Asian arts based in Birmingham, in the UK. It promotes the appreciation and practice of the diverse artforms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.