POWA Writing Programme


In 2006 driven by the need to create a collective space through which women could share their stories of surviving gender based violence, we set up the Writing Programme, and invited women throughout the country to send us their short stories, poems and personal essays that told stories of survival.

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Since its inception there have been six anthologies published:

2005 - Breaking the Silence: Dreaming of living
2006 - Breaking the Silence: Positive Living Gender
2007 - Breaking the Silence: Murmurs of the girl in me
2008 - Breaking the Silence: Journeys to recovery
2009 - Breaking the Silence: Stories from the Other(ed) Woman
2010 - Breaking the Silence: Love & Revolution
2011 - Breaking the Silence: Sisterhood

In 2008 we reviewed the project’s structure and after much consideration decided to change it from a competition, to a programme, and by so doing set it up as a space that could be entered/occupied by as many voices as possible.

In 2009 as part of the change to the structure of the programme and also as way of further extending our help to aspiring writers, in addition to the publication of the anthology we added a number of components to the programme.

These included:


The 2011 Anthology published was ~ Breaking the Silence: Love & Revolution


The theme for the 2013 Women's Writing Project is: Peferctly Imperfect!


We are calling for poems, short stories and personal essays that tell of your experience of what we term being perfectly imperfect – that isacknowledging our experiences and imperfections as part of that which makes us perfect as women. A state of accepting who we are and refusing society’s labels as being imperfect’ and ‘incompetent’.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2013


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