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Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2016 - Enter the Competition!

Could you be the next Fenland Poet Laureate?

Enter this free competition for a chance to win the coveted title of Fenland Poet Laureate, and share your passion for poetry! We are looking for poems that represent and relate to the theme of ‘Fenland’ and you can interpret this theme in any way that you like!

Winning the competition is recognition of talent as well as being a great way to be involved in your local community. The winner will have the opportunity to write about local events throughout their year as Fenland Poet Laureate, present poems for special occasions, and work with local partner organisations to develop ideas and champion poetry in the Fens.

Deadlines for entries: midnight on Friday 29th January 2016

It’s free to enter the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition, so why not give it a go?

How to enter:
To enter the competition via email, please send your poem as an attachment (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format).
Do not include your name on the attachment.

Please include the following information in the body of your e-mail: your name, the title of poem, your telephone number, your address, and your age (adults can just write 18+).

Entries should be sent to

If you do not have access to email, you can enter via post. Please send us your poem, plus a covering letter including your name, the title of poem, your telephone number, your address, and your age. Please do not write you name on the poem itself. Send your entries to the ADeC, The Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU

Conditions of Entry:
- Your poem should be no longer than 40 lines, and fit on one side of A4 paper when printed in a font no smaller than 10 pt.
- All entrants must live, work or study in Fenland.*
- We can only accept one poem per entrant and this poem must be previously unpublished.

Entries will be split into two groups: ‘10-17 year olds’ and ’18 and over’, and shortlisted poets will be contacted by Sunday 28th February 2016.

Those poets shortlisted in the adult category will be asked to submit a short plan for what they would do with their year as Laureate if they win the competition. All twenty commended poets will be invited to attend the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards Ceremony in March 2016.

What Counts As ‘Fenland’:

For this competition, we want to encourage the work of rural poets and writers, particularly those living in the market towns and villages in North and East Cambridgeshire, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, and South Lincolnshire. The winners must live within travelling distance of Wisbech, which is the original centre point of the Fenland Poet Laureateship. As a result of this, competition entrants must live, work or study within the following road boundaries (county A roads, B roads and Motorways going anti-clockwise from Girton): North of the A14, North of A11, West of A1065, West of A134, West of A10, South of A17, South of A151, East of A16, East of A1073, North of A47, East of B1040, East of A141, East of B1514 and North of A14. A map of the area covered is shown above.

Partners and Sponsors: The Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2016 are presented by Fen Speak, ADeC and Atelier East in partnership with the Creative People and Places Market Place Initiative, and Ely City Council.

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