Wunderman launches staff writing challenge for LGBT+ History Month

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Creative house Wunderman Thompson has launched a creative writing competition for staff as part of the 2020 LGBT+ History Month.

The theme of this year’s History Month is Poetry, Plays and Prose. So Wunderman is inviting staff to submit their creative endeavours around one of the three art forms.

Entries for the ‘LGBTQIA+ Letters from the heart’ competition can take the form of a poem, story, letter, or spoken word piece.

It’s open to anyone at the company, regardless of job role; and whether they are members of the LGBTQIA+ community or allies.

Wunderman ‘Letters from the heart’ 

Pip Hulbert, UK CEO of Wunderman Thompson, explains: “Letters from the heart’ is a call to all Wunderman Thompson UK employees to promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity and raise awareness of prejudice against the LGBT+ community.

“LGBTQIA+ is a lengthy acronym, but sexual identity isn’t simple either. We’re keen to understand how everyone at Wunderman Thompson relates to the LGBT+ movement, regardless of how they self-define.

“The technicalities of who you love are ultimately less interesting than how it makes you feel – so ‘letters from the heart’ in every sense!”

The theme is belonging and submissions will be judged by a panel of notable writers, and activists from the LGBT+ community.

The winning entries will be presented at an internal exhibition. The author(s) also have the option to perform a reading on stage at a special celebration event.

Collective voice 

Pip Hulbert continues: “LGBT+ History Month offers a forum for the community to come together with its allies and celebrate diversity with a collective voice.

Inclusivity and diversity are hugely important to us, and I know the theme will strike a chord across the company.

We don’t want our employees to just fit into our culture, we want individual differences and perspectives that will make Wunderman Thompson UK a unique place to work, setting us apart in the industry”.

Wunderman Thompson UK will be running a programme of educational and entertainment events throughout LGBT+ History Month.

This includes a session put on in partnership with Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBTQ+ rights charity.

Staff can submit their entries for ‘LGBTQIA+ Letters from the heart’ up to 7 February and exhibited from 17 February.