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Coast Lines of Tentsmuir: Poetry Competition

Scottish Natural Heritage is excited to launch its Tentsmuir poetry competition for the Year of Coasts and Waters!

We’re looking for poems inspired by Tentsmuir NNR – a coastline surrounded by forest, ringing with seal calls, and ever-shifting with the onslaught of the Tay. 

The competition has a category for 16+ adults and a category for 8-15 year olds.

A winner for each category will be chosen by a panel of SNH staff familiar with Tentsmuir, including keen poet Roddy Fairley. 

The winners will have their poems displayed in the landscape at Tentsmuir, will be published on SNH’s online platforms, and will have the opportunity to read at StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews on 4th March 2020.

Guidelines and tips

  • We’re looking for poems with a coastal or watery theme
  • The maximum length of entries is one side of A4
  • Pay attention to layout and creative ways that your poem could be inscribed in Tentsmuir’s landscape.  Perhaps lines along a bench, or a pane with the sea showing through?
  • We may select some lines or verses from the winning poem for inscription, rather than displaying its entirety.

How to enter

Email you poem to [email protected], stating whether you are entering the 16+ or 8-15 category.

Closing date: 23:59 GMT on Sunday 23rd February.

Terms and Conditions 

The competition is open to all excluding employees of Scottish Natural Heritage

All entries must be original work and unpublished.

All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final.

The winner will be notified via email by Wednesday 26th February and invited to perform at StAnza Festival on Wednesday 4th March.  

Entrants grant Scottish Natural Heritage the right to publish their work on its website, social media and at the NNR if they win the competition.

Scottish Natural Heritage reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter the rules at any point if deemed necessary.