Saturday, 23 August 2014

Writers And Artists Short Story Competition

There aren't very many free competitions so I thought I'd mention this one, from the publishers of the Writers and Artists Yearbook, that bible of publishing, at least before the internet existed. I wonder if sales are down?
  • a cash prize of £500
  • a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice
All you have to do is enter a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of 'Joy' and email it to with "WAYB15 competition" as the subject line.
The closing date is midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015. The winners of the competition will be announced on this site in March 2015.
No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on
Link here

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Five Glens Arts Festival

There's a lot going on in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. this weekend 22-24th August

Stone Carving Workshop by Jackie McKenna
Fri - Sun 10am-5pm
For info, charge & booking contact: info@
The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line

Summer Exhibition by The Ballagh Centre Art Class
Fri 9-5pm & Sat 12-5pm
Mixed media artwork exhibition accompanied by
photographic work by Joel Smith

Opening Open Mic
Hosted by The Mullies Crowd
Fri 7-10pm/ FREE
All welcome to perform and sing along :-)
The Market Square, Main St.

The Hermit Collective
Saturday 1-3pm/ FREE
Art, music and spoken word with great food and drinks.
An Cafe Bia Sláinte, Main St.

Ekphrastic Workshop by Monica Corish
Sat 10am-12pm/ €7
Creative writing inspired by artwork.
The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line

Children’s Print Workshop by Fiona McCarthy
Sat 10:30am,1pm & 4pm/ FREE
Materials provided, bring an apron! Ages 6-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Each workshop 45 mins. Booking advised 0894320987 /
Digital Media Studio, LSC Sheehans, Main St.

Outdoor Painting Workshop by Maria Bagnoli
Sat 11am-4pm/ €5
Please bring your own materials. Critique afterwards. Meet at Bee Park Community Centre

Inaugural Dermot Healy Poetry Prize giving & Readings
Sat 4pm/ FREE
Award giving ceremony for 1st prize and two commended prizes. Presentation by Helen Healy.
Readings from shortlisted and invited poets.
The Glens Centre, New Line

North West Open Exhibition Awards Ceremony Sat 3pm
Exhibition open Fri-Sun, 11am-4pm/ FREE
Group exhibition showcasing work from artists based in the North West of Ireland.
The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line.

Sat 8:30-11pm
€8 in advance / €10 at the door
A night of original poetry and music hosted by Stephen Murphy featuring John D. Kelly, Cormac
Lally, Gabriel Kelly, Phoebe Dick and Mick Blake. With special guest Rira.
The Glens Centre, New Line

The Pig Executives, Hog Roast & Traditional Music Session
Sat 5:30-8pm
Readings from ‘The Shakings of the Bag’ by local creative writing group with trad music and a hog roast on a spit (€5 per plate).
The Market Square, Main St.

Jimmy Joe & Friends
Sat 9pm ‘til late
Music by Jimmy Joe Dolan with special guests.
Heraghty’s Traditional Pub, Main St.

BENBOPHILIA by Rachel Webb
continues Sat & Sun 12-6pm/ FREE
Photography Exhibition
The Parlour @ McKenna’s, Main St.

Breath by Rob Ireson
Transcend the everyday in an altered reality; Inflatable interventions at surprise locations.

Sat 4pm/ FREE
Music by Leitrim singer/songwriter.
The Market Square, Main St.

3D Tree - Street Art by Grainne McGarty

Sand Casting Workshop by Jim Fee
Sat 11am-2pm/ FREE
Plaster casting in sand
McKenna’s, Main St.

Children’s Puppetry Workshop by Eileen O’Toole
Sat 11am-2pm
Each workshop lasts 25 mins. Participate €2/ FREE to watch
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Market Square, Main St

Like A Marble Rolled by Phoebe Dick
Sunday 3-4.30pm
A story told in rhyme with projected hand drawn illustrations.
An Cafe Bia Sláinte, Main St.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Louth Arts Grants

If you're in or from Louth you can apply for an arts grant.

Deadline: 4pm Thursday 25th September 

Link here

Louth Local Authorities operate a number of funding opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the arts.

To apply, download the relevant PDF below, fill out the form, if applicable, and return by post or by hand to The Arts Office, Dundalk Town Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street Dundalk , Co. Louth.

Please make sure the following is included -
  • For organisations, the name, address and contact number of the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • All other sources of funding, such as voluntary contributions, grants, etc.
  • Charitible Status Number / Tax Reference Number, if any.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Flambard Poetry Prize

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts are very pleased to announce a new prize for poetry, The Flambard Poetry Prize, which has been set up in recognition of the achievements of Flambard Press and the inspiration of founders Margaret and Peter Lewis.

Between 1990 and 2012, Flambard Press published an acclaimed range of poetry and fiction, helping to nurture many emergent and established writers regionally and nationally. It was recognised as one of the finest small independent presses in the UK.

The Flambard Prize will be awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection.

Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

The cost of entry is £5 per group of five poems.

First prize: £1000
Second prize: £250

Deadline:1st September 2014.

All entries will be judged by Peter Bennet and Gladys Mary Coles.

For information on how to enter and guidelines please visit The Flambard Poetry Prize website

Friday, 15 August 2014

Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse

The Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse will take place this November in Armagh.
They are running a poetry competition and poems should be no longer than 650 words and shouldn’t exceed nine minutes performance time. It should be humorous verse (suitable for family audience and radio broadcast!).

You can submit written entries or you can also send in your entry on CD/tape.

Cost: £2 per poem.

The competition closes on the 1st of October 2014 and the finals will take place in Armagh on the 21st of November 2014.

For further information, visit their website.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

2nd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Every Tuesday at midday five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal competition page at

You have one week to compose and submit poems that must include all five words for the week. At noon the following Tuesday, these words will be replaced with five new words.

The competition is running for a total of forty-one weeks, until the last week of January 2015.

A single prize of €500 will be awarded to one winner, who will also be invited to read at Ó Bhéal's seventh anniversary event, on Monday 13th of April 2015 (an additional travel fee of €100 plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March, 2015. The shortlisted poems and winning entry will be published in Five Words Vol VIII - the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.

Judges for this year's competition are Jennifer Matthews and Billy Ramsell.

Further details about the competition can be found on the Ó Bhéal website: click here  

Monday, 11 August 2014

Poets to Check Out - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - How to speak poetry

"Avoid the Flourish"