Poetry Map

Capture your Isle of Man in poetry

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, Culture Vannin and The Manx Bard invite you to submit entries for a Poetry Map of the Isle of Man.

Poems should be about Isle of Man's environment, nature, wildlife, biodiversity, habitats and landscape.

They will appear on a click and read map on Culture Vannin's website.

The challenge is launched to coincide with Manx national poet and first Manx Bard T.E Brown's birth date (Sunday 5th May).

Please study the rules, then upload your poem(s) and photo(s) here, ensuring they have a title, location and contain your name and a telephone number.

When visiting sites and taking photos poets are asked to be mindful of the Isle of Man Government's Code for Birdwatchers and Photographers.

All suitable poems submitted will appear on the Poetry Map.

A winner and three runners-up will receive beautiful hand-carved awards. These poems will be published by Isle of Man Newspapers and broadcast on Manx Radio.

The deadline to submit poems is Friday 26th July 2019.

Entry Form


Poems must be about Isle of Man's environment, nature, wildlife, biodiversity, habitats, landscape.

Poems should be in English or in Manx (with an English translation submitted, too).

Poems must be 40 lines or fewer.

Poems must be the entrant's own work and copyright-free (if poems have been published, the entrant must have permission for them to be published elsewhere).

Copyright will remain with the entrant and the publication/broadcast of a poem will be accompanied by the entrant's name.

In entering, poets agree for their work to be published/broadcast by the competition organisers during/after the competition (including at events, in publications, in media and on the online Poetry Map).

So the Poetry Map can be accurate, entries must be accompanied by the location the poem is based on.

Entrants are encouraged to submit a photo of the location/species etc featured, taking care not to disturb or damage wildlife or species. Follow Manx Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Photography Code of Conduct.

Images submitted should be copyright-free and be taken by the entrant or the entrant must have permission to use them.

Entries not accompanied by a photo will be considered.

Entering is free of charge.

Participants can enter as many poems as they wish to.

The organisers of the Poetry Map reserve the right not to publish poems they consider unsuitable for use.