Suffolk poets are invited to enter a competition for 2018

Poems concerning aquatic features and watery wildlife will be included in the 2018 book in the adult education series published by the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust on the general subject of the Trust’s reserves.*  Foremost among the highlights is the river Fromus, which cuts a  deep gorge through the length of Simpson’s Fromus Reserve, Kelsale, before flowing through Kelsale village, Saxmundham and Sternfield to join the Alde around Snape Watering. Amid the mediaeval meadows of this reserve, there are also four intriguing ponds reflecting the historic use of the site, first as a monastic fishery, and later as a Duke’s deer park.  Orchid Glade, Hasketon, has one mysterious shallow pool, much frequented by deer and other wildlife.  For details of location and access click here.

Four one-page poems on these aquatic features will be published in the 2018 book. Prospective entrants should please register by email to the 2018 assistant editor, before 1st June 2017.





Competition rules

Subject matter: Any theme inspired by the Fromus river, or the  ponds on the reserves, the aquatic environment and its life-enhancing qualities.

  • No entry fee
  • A maximum of forty (40) lines plus title.,
  • Any verse form acceptable.
  • A limit of three poems per entrant.
  • Each poem to be typed 14 pt on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted in duplicate with the poet’s name, postal address  and email on one copy only, to the trust’s address : Park House, Friston IP17 1PB. Enclose SAE if you wish your entry to be returned in due course.
  •  Four poems will be chosen for publication in the 2018 volume, by a team of adjudicators from the Suffolk Poetry Society.
  •  The adjudicators’ decisions will be final.
  •  A Reading of the winning poems will be held in Kelsale Village Hall in February 2018
  •  The Press will be notified of the winning poets and poems.
  •  Copyright of the poem remains with the poet, with permission to the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust to publish any winning poems free of charge.

Open day dates at the two reserves are announced on the Trust’s website here.

Guided tours of the river and ponds will be held at Simpson’s Fromus Reserve at 11 am on the first Open Day, on 1st April 2017, and at Orchid Glade at 11 am on 3rd June.

*Since 2014, the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust has published an annual book, revealing aspects of the historic landscape and wildlife of the trust’s reserves at Kelsale and Hasketon. The 2016 book, Two Suffolk Nature Reserves: the Legacy of Francis W. Simpson, celebrated  the 30th anniversary of the Trust, and included four seasonal poems by Suffolk poet Kaaren Whitney. This book (86 pages) is available from SFPT, Park House, Friston, IP17 1PB (cheque with order, please, for £12, inc. p&p).

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