We have received the following communication from The Fenland Reed:
East Anglia’s new literary magazine, The Fenland Reed, is advertising a host of poetry opportunities this summer:
First up, we’re currently open for submissions for poetry and short stories on any theme for our autumn issue until 31st July. Submissions guidelines on our website: www.thefenlandreed.co.uk
We’re also inviting submissions for a unique Poetry Competition. Running as part of OuseFest 2016, we’re looking for poems responding the landscape and wildlife of the Ouse Washes, an area at the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk fens. The competition is open to anyone (whether local to the area or not), and we are teaming up with the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership to provide you with some inspiration…
We’d like you to take as your starting point any one of the shortlisted photographs in this year’s ‘Snap the Ouse’ Competition. You can respond to your chosen photograph in any way you like - you might use the setting, a central image, or even the title. We’re looking for poems that draw inspiration from these pictures but which also depart from them and stand on their own. You have eight brilliant photos to choose from, which you can view on the OWLP website.
The competition is free to enter and will be judged by acclaimed poet Clare Best. There are three prizes up for grabs in the form of book tokens worth £100 (first prize), £50 (second prize) and £25 (third prize). Winning entries will also be published in the autumn issue of The Fenland Reed. The deadline is Friday 12th August – so check out those photos and get scribbling!
For more information and details of how to submit, please see the full competition guidelines on The Fenland Reed website: www.thefenlandreed.co.uk.
Words on Water: Workshop and Reading
Finally, we’re running a day of poetry at Welney Wetland Centre as part of OuseFest 2016 including an afternoon workshop led by the editors, and an evening reading with Mary Livingstone (current Fenland Poet Laureate), Poppy Kleiser (Fenland Poet Laureate 2014) and Clare Best.
‘Clare Best is on one of the most interesting personal journeys in UK poetry. She’s constantly evolving, playing with different approaches and blending poetry with other genres, all without losing her identifying touch.’ Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands
Both the workshop and reading are free to attend and you can book now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details in the flyer attached and online at www.thefenlandreed.co.uk.
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