Try your hand at becoming the Fenland Poet Laureate for 2015

The search is on for the new Fenland Poet Laureate

The search is on for the new Fenland Poet Laureate - Credit: Archant

Budding poets are asked to pick up a pen and create literature about the Fens to try their hand at becoming the area’s next poet laureate.

The competition is a chance for writers from across the Fens to come together, share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map.

ADeC and Atelier East, working in partnership with Fen Speak and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, have announced the Fenland Poet Laureate poetry competition for 2015.

“Being Fenland Poet Laureate has kicked started my poetry career,” said Poppy Kleiser, the current Fenland Poet Laureate. “Both the landscape and communities of Fenland have been inspirational, and I know the project has become a vital cog in developing the artistic movement emerging rapidly from the area!”

The competition organisers are looking for poems that represent and relate to theme Fenland. You can interpret the theme in any way you choose and the judges are really looking forward to reading your entries!

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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.

First, second and third places will be awarded to three of the poets in both the adult category and the young (10-17) category. Certificates of achievement will be given to all shortlisted and commended entrants.

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All shortlisted and commended poets will be invited to the special Fenland Poet Laureate Awards evening on Friday March 27 at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

Deadlines for entry is midnight on Friday January 30.

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:

Alternatively, you can pick up an entry form from your local library or museum and post your entry to the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

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