Thursday 20 December 2012

Fenland Poet Laureate Competition Now Open!

Could you write a poem for Fenland?

Are you inspired by Fenland? Could you be the next Poet Laureate for Fenland?

Atelier East, working in partnership with Wisbech & Fenland Museum, are proud to announce the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2013. 

This is a chance for all writers from across the Fens to come together and share their poetry and help put Fenland on the map for creative writing!

‘Being Fenland Poet Laureate has been fantastic, and the best year of my life as a writer,’ said Elaine Ewart, Fenland’s current Poet Laureate, and one of the judges of this years competition.

‘Last year the competition was an amazing success and the awards evening was absolutely wonderful, with lots of people coming together to read, share, and enjoy poetry at a really friendly and relaxed event. We’d like to make this year even better and get even more people to come out for poetry in Fenland,’ said Karen Harvey, Director of Atelier East, who is a judge and founded the Awards in 2012.

In 2012 Karen and Atelier East were given a highly acclaimed Clore Poetry and Literature Award for the concept and delivery of the Fenland Poet Laureate, the success of the project was even reported in the Journal of the International Board for Books for Young People.

There are two categories to be entered; a Young Poet Laureate Award for 10-16 year olds, and for those over 17 there is the Fenland Poet Laureate Award. Entry to the competition is completely free, the deadline for entries is February 1st 2013, and there will be a special awards evening at Wisbech & Fenland Museum on Friday 1st March 2013. 

Entry forms are available across Fenland in libraries and museums, or by email from

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