Searching for the next Fenland Poet Laureate

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Are you inspired by the Fens and do you think you could be the next Poet Laureate for Fenland?

ADeC and Atelier East – working in partnership with Fen Speak and Wisbech Museum – are searching for the next Fenland Poet Laureate to follow in the footsteps of the current title holder, Leanne Moden.

It is a chance for writers from across the Fens to share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map.

Said Leanne: “The award has opened so many doors for me and it’s also allowed me to provide opportunities for many more Fenland Poets. It’s been a fantastic experience.”

The competition organisers are looking for poems on the theme ‘Fenland’ which can be interpreted in your own way,

Winning the title is a great chance to engage with the local community and write about local events throughout the year and present poems for special occasions, working with others to develop ideas for bringing poetry to Fenland.

It is free to enter and the awards are as follows: First, second and third places to poets in the adult (17 plus) category. Commendations will be awarded to young poets (10-16 years) for entries which the judges feel have particular merit.

Certificates of Achievement go to all short listed and commended entrants. There will be a special awards evening on March 19 at the museum.

Deadlines for entries is January 31. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines and typed on A4 paper. Write your age in the top right-hand corner of the page but do not write your name on your poem as they will be judged anonymously.

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

one poem per entrant. Send your poem, along with a cover sheet with your name, email address, telephone number, address, age group entered (16 and under or 17 plus) and the title of the poem to: Poet Laureate Competition, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU.

For full entry details email:

Pick up an entry form from your local library or museum.