Love words for inclusion: a love letter writing competition ©

British Council 

Monday 16th May 2016 - 08:00 to Friday 17th June 2016 - 23:00

As the UK’s principal cultural relations organisation the British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our work is centred on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. As part of our efforts, we actively support the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), celebrated each year on May 17th.

This year, we would like to invite the general public to participate in a love letter writing competition we have called Love words for inclusion. The aim of this event is to give you all the opportunity to express your thoughts, addressed to someone or something, in the form of a letter. The topic your letter has to be about is any LGBTQI-related issue, concern, confession or idea you have.

Mission of the competition

To challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, through the literary form of letters.

Vision of the competition

As love is the universal tool to bring people together and to create mutual understanding amongst cultures, we aim to show that its power can transcend the limitations created by discrimation and inequality.

Rules of the competition

  1. You should submit a one-page letter. The document you send should be editable. Do not send .pdf format letters. Use the document default margins and 1.5 spacing. The font should be Arial, size 12.
  2. Your letter can be written either in English or Spanish.
  3. You can only submit one letter.
  4. As the literary form of the contest is letters, ensure your text has a recipient and an addresser, who is the person who wrote the letter.
  5. You can send your letter from May 16th to June 17th, 2016, as an attachment, to the email address Please, use the subject line Love words for inclusion, my entry.
  6. The letters will be assessed by a three-person panel, which will use the overall criteria of relevance to theme, creativity and language accuracy.
  7. Prior to announcing the names of the winners, we will choose five finalist letters. We will let you know if you were chosen, as you will have to read your letter out loud, to the audience present in a Coffee Break for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, to be held in the premises of the British Council Caracas.
  8. Three winners will be announced in the Coffee Break for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  9. Your letter should be original and you must not have used it before in any contest, publication or public display.
  10. By participating in the contest, you authorise the British Council Venezuela to use your letter for any purpose we deem relevant: publication on social media, both electronic and on paper. You also agree to be photographed and voice and video-recorded, for the purpose of letting the wider community know of your talents and our efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Contest timeline

  1. Call for letters start: May 16th, 2016.
  2. Letter submissions end: June 17th, 2016.