This October we'll once again be part of the nationwide initiative FUN PALACES - who are on the look out for budding poets! Enter the competition now!

Write Science – The Poetry of Science
Fun Palaces are about arts and sciences, community and culture; we believe in everyone an artist, everyone a scientist. We are partnering with literary and performance organisations, and supporting BBC Get Creative, with a different kind of writing competition, one that’s about sharing and engaging, bringing arts and sciences together to create, and taking that work back to our local communities.


What You Do:
Find a scientist, talk to them about what they do, how they do it, why they love it – then write a poem about it. Write something that explores that scientist’s passion, or considers what is sparked in you by having a new conversation. Or, if you’re a scientist who’s never written a poem – now’s your chance. Make it a poem that can be shared – spoken, declaimed, whispered, shouted, painted, broadcast, scribbled, drawn, animated, acted, filmed – a poem that wants to leap off the page, out of the mouth, into the world.

Fun Palaces are about creating with neighbours, making with people in our own communities – so it would be great if the scientist you speak to is someone who lives locally. This is a chance to make new work, where you live. And remember, not all scientists work in laboratories … some work in GP practices and dentists’ surgeries, in garages, in computer shops, in schools and in local parks.

What We’ll Do:
Fun Palaces and representatives from our Literary and Performance Partner Organisations will read all submissions and create a longlist of 25 poems. Our judges will then choose six writers to share their poems live at local Fun Palaces on the Fun Palaces weekend 3rd & 4th October 2015. We’ll share them online via our Fun Palaces website and social media, with our Literary and Performance Partners and with BBC Get Creative. (We will help the six writers prepare to share their work live. And if you’re too shy to perform it yourself, or too far away/unable to travel, we will do our best to find someone who will share it for you.)

Our Partners:
Literary and Performance: Apples and Snakes, New Writing South, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, Writers’ Centre Norwich, Literature Works, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Live Theatre Newcastle

Our Panel:
Jonathan Davidson (poet, playwright, Chief Executive Writing West Midlands), Stella Duffy (writer & Co-Director Fun Palaces), Jen Hamilton-Emery (publisher, Salt Publishing), Sophie Lambert (literary agent, Conville & Walsh), Degna Stone (poet)

How to Enter:
– entry is free and eligible to anyone living in England (we will happily accept entries from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but we are unable to guarantee a performance location as we currently have fewer local Fun Palaces in these nations – we do, however, welcome many more signing up!)
– maximum 250 words
– one entry per person
– email submission in Word document (not pdf) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
– put your full name, postal address and phone number both in the body of the email AND on the attached document with your poem
– deadline midnight Friday 31st July
Fun Palaces WriteScience Terms and Conditions

Visit the Fun Palaces website for more information