Tales From The Pandemic

A thematic poetry competition which aims to shed light on individual’s experiences throughout the pandemic and lockdown.



Over the past year and a half, our lives have been thrown into unprecedented turmoil due to the covid-19 outbreak of 2020. This has been a time of great struggle and tragedy, in which many of our lives have been negatively affected. However, during this time we have witnessed the emergence of ‘quick response art’ as many of our favourite authors and poets have written and published their thoughts on the global pandemic.

Samin Alam

Marketing Manager

I look forward to read submissions in this new genre which has some of the most raw and unfiltered literature out there.

Jasmine Throne

Project Manager

This project focuses on providing a platform to emerging and professional artists alike to showcase their literary prowess.

Submission Process

The submissions are open from 12th July 2021 to 20th July 2021. Results will be announced on 30th July 2021. Daastan is accepting the Haiku on three themes: nature, relationships and mental health.


Your experience of getting out and reconnecting with nature during the pandemic


How did the pandemic affect your relationships with friends and family?

Mental Health

How did this pandemic alter your mental health, either in a positive or negative way?