Saturday, 4 July 2015

Red Line Poetry Competition

The Red Line Festival Poetry Competition is now open for submissions. The festival is in Tallaght in October.

First prize is €300, second prize is €200 and the third prize is €100.

All shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their poems at an event in The Red Line Book Festival this October.

Deadline: Friday 14th August 2015. 

  • A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted.
  • Free to enter (sure why wouldn't you?)
  • Each entered poem, including its title, should be typed single-spaced in a standard 12 point font on one side of a single A4 sheet. 
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age or over. 
  • Open to anyone living on the island of Ireland. 
  • Entrants must not have published a full collection of poems at the time of entry. 

 The competition rules and entry forms can be downloaded here.

 The Red Line Poetry Competition will be judged by the poet Enda Wyley.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer Shot Fund Raiser Poetry Evening

AN EVENING OF POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD featuring some of Ireland's best-loved poets.


And maybe some special guests!

All proceeds go towards funding venue costs and reader fees for the next series of DOUBLE SHOT readings at Books Upstairs. Come along and support Ireland's poetry scene!

The Workman's club - The Vintage Room
10 Wellington Quay Dublin 2

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

A mighty line up. Not to be missed

Tickets €10 plus €1.35 fee here 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Robert Pinsky at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Another from the Women Rule Writer Blog. Well worth applying if you can get there

When: Tuesday 11 August, 10.00am
Where: Heritage Council Garden, Kilkenny
Tickets: Free, by application

Polish your pantoums and hone your haiku in this workshop with the former US Poet Laureate.
In this workshop for poets, Robert Pinsky hopes to find examples of the relation between sound and imagination, discovery and purpose — some of the quick, intuitive processes of poetry.

Participation is by application. Anyone wishing to take part in the workshop should submit up to 4 poems for consideration together with a brief note outlining previous publication details (if any) to 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 July, 5pm. Successful applicants will be contacted by 13 July. Places are strictly limited.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2015

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. 
The award is now in its 44th year.
The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000. Closing date for entries is Friday 24th July 2015. The Award will be presented on the evening of Friday 25th September 2015 at the opening of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.
Rules and entry form from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen:

The collection of poems in English must be original and consist of 20 poems. Individual poems should not be more than 40 lines.The collection must not be published at the time of the award but I believe individual poems may be published.The adjudicator is Brian Lynch: AGAIN.
The entry fee is €25/£25

Friday, 26 June 2015

Caterpillar Short Story Prize 2015

The Caterpillar – the junior version of the arts and literature magazine The Moth – is launching a new prize for a short story written by an adult for children (aged 7–11).

The winner will receive a prize of €1,000 and their story will be published in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

The prize is open to established and up-and-coming writers alike, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. 
It can be on any subject, and the word limit is 2,000 words. 

Deadline: 30 September 2015.

The competition will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan. Entry details appear online at

Commended stories may also be published in The Caterpillar. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition

This year’s competition is now open for submissions.  
Aosdána member, fellow poet and publisher Peter Fallon of The Gallery Press will judge this year’s competition.  
The closing date for entries is Friday 24th July.
All the details are listed  on the Five Glen Arts Festival website as well as facebook etc. 

The prize giving ceremony which will take place during the festival weekend starting 21st and 23rd August 2015 in Manorhamilton. 

Entries cost 5.00 euro per poem and you may enter as many times as you wish.

Note that Poems may be previously published and there is no restriction on length.

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Manchester Poetry Prize

This competition must be one of the most lucrative for unpublished poetry.

Poetry Prize: £10,000
Deadline: Friday 25th September 2015
Entry fee: £17.50
Poetry Judges: Adam O’Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller

£10,000 prizes for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
  • All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant's own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or appear on a website (including blogs and social networking sites) or have been broadcast, for the duration of the Manchester Poetry Prize (which is deemed to begin on the date of entry and end on Friday 27th November 2015). Work found to be published in print or on a website or to have been broadcast will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee.

There's also a short story competition up to 2,500 words. Details for both here