Saturday, 25 June 2016

Dedalus Press invites online poetry submissions

Irish stalwart publisher, Dedalus Press are open now to submission of full length poetry collections.

Irish poets, as well as those born elsewhere but currently resident in Ireland, may submit a book-length work (or a significant part of same) 
For submissions guidelines, please visit Manuscripts may be submitted at
Deadline 31st July
They have some comments worth reading before submitting your collection. They also say
Though it is not mandatory to do so, in recognition of the saving of time and expense (printing, binding and postage), we invite poets who can afford to do so to make a small donation to the press (in the region of €10). Any monies received will be used to support this and other initiatives covered by our motto, Poetry Matters: Spread the Word.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition

The Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition 2016 is now open for entries with a closing date set for 3rd August.  The judge for this year will be Kevin Barry

who is not a poet...bit strange choice that

The prize giving ceremony will take place at Dermot’s old haunt - The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim on the afternoon of 27th August

The closing date for entries is Friday 3rd August

All the details are listed  on the Five Glen Arts Festival website as well as facebook etc. 

Entries cost €5 per poem.

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

Prize €1,000.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bards on a Barge - Midsummer Festival

After a hiatus of some months, the Poetry Divas are finally going to get together to wow the festival goers in Sallins, Co Kildare as part of the Midsummer Festival they share with Naas, 24th and 25th June.

Saturday 25th June 7pm Sallins, Co Kildare

We are going to be reading some of our poems on a barge, an actual barge floating on a canal, the actual Grand Canal by the bridge in Sallins. It's a small barge so booking is a very good idea, you do want to avoid disappointment, don't you? It's free and all welcome, even those who wouldn't hear a poem for months or even years.

Also, if the mood takes you, please bring along your favourite poem or song to share. And treats. We all love treats, edible or aural.

To book contact the Moat Theatre in Naas Sooner rather than later.

If you are near Naas on the Saturday lunchtime 25th June, Kate Dempsey will be reading some poems from her book, The Space Between along with local authors at the lovely independent bookshop Barker and Jones in Naas from noon. Maria Murphy, Noel Heavy, Maria Higgins, Linda Allen, Margaret Scott & James Durney. Should be a wonderful mix of readers so don't miss it.

Here's the full programme

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Daily Poetry Breakfast

Every morning, Poetry Breakfast delivers a new poem. They say 
Start your morning with a nourishing poem. Follow them on Twitter Facebook Tumblr , and Google+ and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.
Open for submissions year round. Previously unpublished but interestingly they allow submissions of poems which are published in collections but not published elsewhere, as a good way to promote your book.

Submit 3-10 poems at a time.
Poems should be between 10 and 80 lines. Shorter poems are preferred.

Honesty is what we are looking for. Feed us. Nourish us. Help us taste life and beauty and truth again.

Nothing bitter. No artificial sweeteners. Nothing that belongs on the kiddie menu, though keep in mind that there may be children with us at the breakfast table. Rhyme is almost never accepted. Poems with a / or other unusual symbols are unlikely to be accepted. Poems must have a title. If you haven’t named it, it’s not finished yet.

Link with submission details here

Friday, 17 June 2016

The London Magazine’s annual Poetry Prize

The London Magazine’s annual Poetry Prize seeks out new writers whose work is adventurous and surprising in both form and content. The judges will be:
Andrew McMillan | Rebecca Perry
All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. We have no criteria as to theme, form or style but are looking for diverse work which is not afraid innovate and startle. 
This competition is open to international entries.
Closing date: 30th June 2016
First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200 
Third Prize: £150
Entry Fee
First entry: £7 
Subsequent entries: £5 (per poem)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Poetry Book Fair Competition

There is a wonderful sounding poetry book festival in London, Conway Hall 17th September. I hope Poetry Ireland is taking some Irish publishers over to spread the word.

They have a competition.
1 x WINNER will receive: £200 to spend at the fair,  A short reading at the fair,
Your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day

3 x RUNNERS UP will receive: £20 to spend at the fair, A short reading at the fair
 Your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day 

Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams Guest Judge: Jo Shapcott

Deadline: Monday 1st August, 2016 

How to Enter: We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about love – any kind of love – to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall, London, on Saturday 17th September 2016.

Visit this webpage  to see the full rules and regulations, and to enter

Fees are £5 for one poem, or £10 for three poems.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Prelude Magazine - Irish Issue

Prelude magazine, a NY based mag is open to submissions for it's forthcoming Irish Issue.

"For poets living in Ireland – a special feature edited by Maya Catherine Popa"

Link here for the very cool magazine. Submissions for the Irish issue are free on submittable. Usually there's a small charge.

Deadline 30th June