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Are YOU Stamford's Next Poet Laureate?

Are YOU Stamford's Next Poet Laureate?
posted 08 Jan 2019

Are you a budding poet who wants to support the thriving poetry scene in Stamford? Then look no further, we could be looking for YOU! Apply now for your chance to become 2019's Poet Laureate.

Stamford Arts Centre has held an annual competition since 2012 to discover a poet from the local area and 2019 applications are now open! The winner of the competition is bestowed the honorary title of Poet Laureate which they hold for one year. Throughout that time, the winner will work closely with Stamford Arts Centre and the surrounding community to support and develop opportunities within the local poetry scene. 

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, follow the steps below to enter:

  1. Write your poem! (on any theme, poem can be of any length but must not take any longer than 5 minutes to perform. )
  2. Write a short plan (no more than a side of A4) of what you would do with your year as Poet Laureate.
  3. Fill in the application form, found here.
  4. Email your poem, plan and application form to karen.b@stamfordartscentre.com. Alternatively, you can print your entry and hand them in to the Stamford Arts Centre box office. Please enclose them in an envelope marked Poet Laureate Competition 2019

Please note that applications are open to anyone 18 years or over. 

You must be available to attend the Poet Laureate Final on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 at 8pm at Stamford Arts Centre Cellar Bar where short-listed entrants will be asked to read/perform their poems in front of a live audience. 

A panel of judges including the current poet laureate Chris Martin will decide on a winner.

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2019. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Karen Burrows at karen.b@stamfordartscentre.com

Good Luck!


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