It's poetry competition time in Kent!

Kent's beautiful bumblebees . . .

The seasons changing and just as it does,
You start to hear that summer buzz,
Using rhyme for literary artistry,
Why not try your hand at poetry!

Our Making a Buzz for the Coast project in Kent, is excited to launch its 2019 poetry competition!

The competition is open to people residing in the beautiful county of Kent, a hotspot for a number of rare bumblebees, including the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum).

With some of the most beautiful coastline and countryside, we hope the people of Kent will explore the great outdoors and 'bee' creative for our bumblebees. From a limerick, ideal for children, to acrostic poems, all styles of poetry are welcome. Our one rule . . . your poem must feature our charismatic bumblebee.

The competition is open to adults, children, amateurs and professional poets - all entries received will be considered. Entries will be shortlisted by the Making a Buzz for the Coast team. The winner will then be chosen by our patron, Olly Smith a keen poetry writer himself! The winner will receive a cash prize of £100 and feature in our Member magazine 'Buzzword' in November, displayed at our AGM in October, and recognised through our social media channels and marketing material.

How to enter

You can send your poem by email or post to the Making a Buzz for the Coast team. Only one entry per entrant will be accepted. Entrants must reside within Kent.

Your entry should be accompanied by your name and postcode. Entries can be submitted using either of the below:

email: or post: Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Suite 33, 940 The Innovation Building, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8HL

Closing date: 23.59 BST on Saturday 14 September

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Terms & Conditions: Making a Buzz for the Coast Poetry Competition 2019.

The theme for the Making a Buzz for the Coast Poetry Competition is “Kent’s beautiful bumblebees”. The competition is open to individual interpretation, however we’re looking for poems that celebrate the humble bumblebee. The judging panels decision for shortlisting will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

This prize draw is open to residents of Kent (including under 18’s*), excluding employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and all those professionally associated with this competition. *Entrants under the age of 18 need the verifiable consent of a parent or guardian to enter via email to include the parent/guardian details. Including the under 18’s age is optional.

Promotion Period: Entry opens at 12.00 Midday BST on Thursday 20 June 2019. The competition closes at 23.59 BST on Saturday 14 September.

Entrants poems received throughout the duration of the competition, may be used on the Making a Buzz for the Coast project and Bumblebee Conservation Trust Instagram and Twitter social media accounts to highlight the competition and raise awareness.

The competition is open to residents of Kent only.

All entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period to be valid and no liability is accepted for illegible, incomplete or late entries.

Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

The Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of £100.

Winner Selection: The winner will be chosen by our patron, Olly Smith from shortlisted entries, selected by the Making a Buzz for the Coast project team.

Winner notification: The winner will be notified via email within 14 working days after the Competition closing date and will be required to respond to confirm eligibility plus acceptance of the prize within 14 days of initial contact (1st day of initial contact counts as day one). Those not contactable via reasonable means within this time frame (by the 15th day) will be disqualified and an alternative winning entrant will be awarded the prize on the same basis as described above. The winner will be asked for their preferred delivery address, for the sole purpose of sending them the prize by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

We have organised this Competition in good faith but or and cannot accept any liability relating to the cash prize draw or the prize offered.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and a prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust reserves the right at its sole discretion to eliminate or disqualify any entries or entrants that it regards as being in breach of these conditions or the spirit of the Competition.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust accepts no responsibility for system errors or other issues that may result in disruption to lost or delayed winner notifications.

Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for their marketing purposes without your prior consent and will adhere to the new GDPR rules introduced on 25 May 2018.

All entries must be made by the entrant themselves if they are over 18. Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

The winner’s name will be made available on request within three weeks of the winner being announced.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. We are looking for original poetry, so entries must not have won any national or international competition prize previously. For the purposes of this competition, ‘national’ refers to the whole of the UK – or to individual national competitions in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

By entering the competition all entrants grant to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust the right to publish and exhibit their poetry on television, social media, marketing material and the Trust’s website in perpetuity.

By entering this Competition, you agree to Bumblebee Conservation Trust using your personal details to process your entry to the Competition and use your data according to Bumblebee Conservation Trust privacy policy. You can view our privacy policy statement at

All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them.

These terms and conditions are governed by the law of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter of this Competition is Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

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