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Could you write a poem for Fenland?

28 November 2016 14:48
Fenland Poet Laureate logo The winners in the adult category at the 2016 awards ceremony Mary Totman reading her prize winning poem

Are you inspired by the wild beauty of the Fens? Would you like to be the poetic voice of Fenland?

ADeC, Fen Speak, and Atelier East are proud to announce the Fenland Poet Laureate poetry competition for 2017!

This is a chance for writers from across the Fens to come together, share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map! And best of all, it's free to enter the competition!

The competition organisers are looking for poems that represent and relate to theme 'Fenland'. The subject is a wide one: you can interpret the theme in any way you choose. The judges are really looking forward to reading your entries!

Winning the title of Fenland Poet Laureate is a great recognition of talent, as well as a fantastic opportunity to engage with your local community. The Laureate will be able to write about local events throughout the year and present poems for special occasions, working with others to develop ideas for bringing poetry to Fenland.


Awards: First, second and third places will be awarded to three of the poets in both the adult (18+) category and the young (10-17) category. Certificates of achievement will be given to all shortlisted and commended entrants. All shortlisted and commended poets will be invited to the special Fenland Poet Laureate Awards evening in March 2017.


Deadlines for entry: Midnight on Friday 27th January 2017.


Conditions of Entry: Your poem should be no longer than 40 lines, and typed on a single side of A4 paper. Please write your age in the top right-hand corner of the page (adults can just write ‘18+’) but please do not write your name on your poem, as all poems will be judged anonymously.


All entrants must live, work, or study in the Fens.

We can only accept one poem per entrant, and this poem must be previously unpublished.

Please send your poem, along with a cover email with your name, email address, telephone number, address, age group entered (10-17, or 18+) and the title of the poem to: fenlandpoetlaureate@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can pick up an entry form from your local library and post your entry to Fenland Poet Laureate Competition, ADeC, The Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU.

When sending your entry by post, please remember to include a separate covering letter with your name, email address, telephone number, address, age group entered (10-17, or 18+) and the title of the poem. Please also remember not to write your name on your poem.


For further details, check out the Atelier East Website: http://www.fenlandpoetry.co.uk/