Rife wants your poetry

We’re commissioning young Black creatives’ poetry. Here’s how to send in your ideas

At Rife, we want to elevate and nurture work from Black creatives by highlighting, supporting and celebrating their work. The next part of our continuing pledge to support Black talent is this series of poetry commissions for young Black creatives.

If you are a Bristol-based Black poet who is 30 years old or under, we want to showcase a poem that you’ve created inspired by the theme: 


An invitation to change the narrative.

You can use this theme in any way you like in your poem. In return for your work, you will receive £150 per commission, mentoring, peer networking, and editorial support from poetry editor Malaika Kegode with Rife alumni Aisha Sanyang-Meek and Asmaa Jama.

You can send in ideas for a brand new poem or send in a poem you’ve already completed but hasn’t been featured elsewhere.

To write to us about a new idea please include a rough outline of what you intend to write and why you’re interested in exploring this theme. 

If you are chosen to produce one of the three commissions, you’ll create a poem that will appear on Rife’s website in writing and in a recording, if you’d like.

Send your ideas and/or examples of your work to editor@watershed.co.uk by 11th December. We will reply to every submission.

Support more young people to have their voices heard

Rife is Watershed‘s online magazine created for young people, by young people.

We offer paid internships and publish work by young writers, photographers, illustrators, and filmmakers from all sorts of backgrounds, helping them get into creative careers. Rife has reached over 8,000 young people through our workshops, over 220 young people have made stuff for Rife on topics ranging from mental health to identity to baked beans, and last year, over 200,000 people visited our website.

In these complex and uncertain times hearing from and supporting young people who are advocating for social change and contributing fresh perspectives has never been so important. 

Through supporting Rife you can ensure that this important work continues and that more young people have their voices heard.