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There is still time for local poets to submit entries to become Fenland's new Poet Laureate for 2022.

This year's competition, which opened in April, closes on September 30 - after the deadline was extended slightly - and so there is still plenty of time for those hoping to take the prestigious title to get their entries in.

Judge for the competition is Wisbech-based poet Elisabeth Sennitt-Clough.

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the judge for this year's Fenland Poet Laureate competition.
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the judge for this year's Fenland Poet Laureate competition.

Elisabeth has had personal success with her poetry including most recently being invited to read some poems from her latest manuscript by the director of Faber Academy, Richard Skinner.

It was part of the Vanguard Readings at the Turner Contemporary in June.

Elisabeth, who has organised a poetry corner at this weekend's WisBeach Rock Festival, said: "After I’d finished reading, I was contacted by a publisher, Chris Emery from Salt Publishing, who was there and was very keen to publish my book. Based near Norwich, Salt Publishing is ‘one of the UK’s foremost independent literary publishers.’

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the judge for this year's Fenland Poet Laureate competition.
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the judge for this year's Fenland Poet Laureate competition.

"My latest poetry collection is a book I wrote during lockdown titled 'My Name is Abilene'. It’s a book that contains many longer loose sequences of poems, rather than a book of purely individual poems, to create different situational vehicles for the heartbreak, trauma and betrayal of the book’s protagonist to be worked through.

"Rachael Allen from Faber Academy who was privy to early drafts of the manuscript describes it as 'an effervescent fable-world of desirous bodies and broken-hearted people akin to Vasko Popa - this tightly-wrought telling of in-between lands and in-between emotional states is a haunting."

My Name is Abilene will be published next year with Salt Publishing and will be Elisabeth's fourth full collection of poems

Entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Eshould be typed in a legible font and mailed to: PO Box 1523, Peterborough PE2 2XZ.

nsure you pay the correct postage, as the administrators cannot be held responsible for entries that require additional postage costs. The deadline for entries is September 30.

To be eligible for entry, you must live, work or attend school in the administrative district of Fenland.

Poems may be written in any poetic form, from free verse to a sestina. Experimental forms, such as redacted poetry/blackouts/cut-ups are also welcome. Entries should reference Fenland or the fen landscape.

For further information, questions may be sent to fenlandpoetlaureateaward@gmail.com – this account is only checked on a semi-regular basis.



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