Genomics poetry competition

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

Full information and rules are on the Genomics Forum website.
I wonder how many poems they will receive that look like they were composed on Viktor Poor’s genetics keyboard .

About Frank Norman

I am a librarian in a biomedical research institute. I've been around a few years, long enough to know that exciting new things fall into the same familiar patterns. I'm interested in navigating a path for libraries as we move further from print to electronic resources to open research, and become more embedded in research workflows.
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