I was delighted to see a new poetry competition announced. I must confess that I am not a big poetry afficionado, but I think on balance it is a good thing and deserves to be encouraged.
The Scottish Poetry Library have teamed up with the ESRC’s Genomic Forum to establish a genomics poetry competition. The Scottish Poetry Library’s blog gives brief details:
- Write a poem of no more than 50 lines on the theme of ‘improving the human’.
- First prize is £500, 2nd is £200 and 3rd is £100.
- Entry is free!
- The deadline for entries is 7 October 2010 (National Poetry Day)
- The judges are Gwyneth Lewis (Wales’s National Poet 2005-06), Peggy Hughes at the Scottish Poetry Library, and Professor Steve Yearley, (director of the Genomics Forum).
- Poems should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
- Entrants can be of any nationality. Entrants can only submit one poem.
- Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org