2021 YMB Writing Challenge

This year’s writing challenge was inspired by the “MBA Easter Field Class poems“. We challenged young marine enthusiasts from around the world to create a short poem. The judges were incredibly impressed by all of this year’s entries and loved reading them all! Scroll down to watch some of the winners and runners up reading their poems.

We are delighted to announce the winners of this years writing challenge are:

Winners

15 – 18 age category – Blair Riley Wehman, Maryland USA

11 – 14 age category – Ruby Hobbs, Devon England

10 and Under age category – Alosha Samaraarachchi, Sri Lanka

Runners up

15 – 18 age category – Olivia Bird, UK and Helena Kiggell, UK

11 – 14 age category – Harry Drace-Francis, Dorset England

10 and Under age category – Finn Wilcox, Dundee, Scotland

Winner – 15 – 18 age category – Blair Riley Wehman, Maryland USA
Winner – 11 – 14 age category – Ruby Hobbs, Devon England
Runner Up – 18 age category – Olivia Bird, UK
Runner Up – 10 and Under age category – Finn Wilcox, Dundee, Scotland
Runner Up – 11 – 14 age category – Harry Drace-Francis, Dorset England

Our favourite entries are being sent some exciting prize bundles. Expect to see some in future editions of The Marine Biologist magazine .

Entries were judged by a team of experts led by author and broadcaster, Dr Helen Scales. and Save Our Seas Foundation’s James Lea.

About the Easter Field Class Poems.

In the early to mid 1900s, marine science students would come from far and wide to attend the Marine Biological Association’s Easter Field Class in Plymouth (UK). The class was always scheduled to coincide with the lowest tides of the year and courses would have a strong intertidal taxonomy focus. The class leaders encouraged creative writing -including songs and poetry – and illustration. Almost always incorporating humour as a way to learn complex facts about the marine animals studied during the course. These are currently archived in the National Marine Biological Library.

We would like you to help us continue this wonderful tradition by producing your own pieces of creative writing inspired by these poems, but based on an ocean predator of your choice!

Take a look at some of the pieces of work below for inspiration!