Genomics Poetry Competition

August 2, 2010

We’re delighted to have been approached by the Genomics Forum to (chromosome) pair up with them on a brand new poetry competition. You can find full information and rules here, but the salient points are:

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 pippa.goldschmidt@ed.ac.uk

Winners will be contacted in November 2010 and a list of winning entries will be posted on the Genomics Forum website by the end of November.

A selection of the winning and shortlisted poems will be published in a special publication of the Forum in 2010.

The Scottish Poetry Library will host an evening of poetry readings based on the winning entries.

5 Responses to “Genomics Poetry Competition”


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  3. Have the results been announced?

  4. Rob Says:

    Hi, was the winning poem already disclosed? can’t find the winners list anywhere online.

  5. spl5 Says:

    Hello all, the list of winners isn’t yet in the public domain. The winning poets have been notified, however, so if you haven’t heard, I’m afraid you haven’t been successful. You’ll be warmly welcome at this event, part public announcement, part reading by the winners: http://www.spl.org.uk/events/index.html#genomics


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