2021 YMB Writing Challenge

Inspired by this year’s YMB Summit? Why not take part in our writing challenge to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

This year’s writing challenge is inspired by the “MBA Easter Field Class poems“. All you need to do is create short poem and submit either the illustrated written piece as a PDF OR share a link to a video or audio file of you reciting or performing your piece.

Our favourite entries will receive some exciting prize bundles and will be considered for publication in The Marine Biologist magazine published on our website and other media.

Entries will be judged by a team of experts led by author and broadcaster, Dr Helen Scales.

How to Enter

All entries must be received by 18:00pm (UK Time) Wednesday the 5th of January 2022

Email your entries in PDF format OR send a link to online media (Audio, video, graphic or other) to: events@mba.ac.uk

Please include:

  • your name
  • your age on day of entry
  • Where you are from
  • Entries must be entirely your own work.
  • Entries must be no more than 350 words recordings must be a maximum of 1 minute.
  • Entries will be reviewed in 3 categories 10 and under; 11- 14 and 15-18
  • Under 18s must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter
  • the author or creator of the work will retain copyright of the work
  • by entering the competition, the author or creator grants the MBA non-exclusive rights to use the work in perpetuity. This will include publication on the MBA website and on social media, in printed material including brochures and posters and other non commercial activities as determined by the MBA.

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!