Friday, 12 February 2016

Trócaire’s Annual Poetry Competition 2016

Trócaire’s annual poetry competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time.

The theme of this year’s competition is Forced to Flee: “This is our exodus”.

 A great human tragedy continues to unfold in Syria and in the wider Middle East. Over 250,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, 12 million are homeless and more than 4 million of them are refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Deadline: Wednesday 16th March 2016.

There are six categories in the competition: two for adults and four for children and teens: published and non-published adult poets; first level junior and senior cycle students; and second-level junior and senior cycle students.

Judges: poet Jane Clarke, Aidan Clifford, Director of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board's Curriculum Development Unit, and Trish Groves, Trócaire's competition organiser.

 Link here 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016

judged by jane yeh & glyn maxwell - not too shabby!
prizes: 1st £5,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
first prize sponsored by cegin productions
plus 20 prizes of £25 each 
plus an autumn 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with jane yeh & glyn maxwell
on mon 31 oct 2016
…for all prize-winning poets
submissions, via e-mail or post, by tue 21 jun 2016
always a good idea to check out the 2015 winners list, winning poems & judges’ report on their poems page.
Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, 
Fees: All entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5/€6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); 
Link here

Monday, 8 February 2016

Penny Dreadful Submissions

Now open for submissions.

Submit your work but clicking on one of the categories below.

With your entry, please include a short bio (100 words max) and any internet website linking things which are suitable for good, Christian eye-balls.

What we do want: Ball-grabbing, punch-in-the-face writing from nice, courteous ladies and gents.

What we do not want: Funny fonts.

Deadline: March 12th 2016

As always, please support small magazines by buying a copy first, if you possibly can. You can purchase a copy of our fine periodical here.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016

Applications are currently being invited for the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016, an annual scheme marking Newcastle West native Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. The 15th annual award is jointly funded by the Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council.

Each year the award alternates between Irish and English and this year the €4,000 annual prize will be presented to the author of a third book of English language poetry, or subsequent book of poetry, published during 2014 or 2015.

This year’s adjudicators are poet Rita Ann Higgins and Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor with the Irish Times.

The winning poet will be presented with the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award on the opening night, Thursday April 14th 2016 of Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

Deadline: Friday 19 February 2016.

Click to Download:
Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016 - Application Form 
Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016 - Conditions

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The  Cork International Poetry Festival is a fantastic poetry festival we should all be proud of. I'm gutted that I'm going to have to miss it this year but if you have a chance, get yourself to Cork for at least part of 10th to 13th February and gorge yourself on all things poetry from soup to amuse bouche through meat and two veg to exotic fruits.

And if you book before 7th Feb online here it's only €70 for the whole lot. Bargain!
So who could you see?
  • the Itinerant Poetry Librarian,
  • various showcases with a mix of readers
  • Paul Casey & Doireann Ní Ghríofa (recommended)
  • Thomas Lynch & Aidan Murphy
  • Joseph Horgan & Afric McGlinchey
  • Sarah Hayden & Rachel Warriner
  • Ailbhe Darcy & Caitríona O'Reilly
  • Gerry Murphy & Tom Pickard
  • David O'Meara & Matthew Sweeney
  • John Fitzgerald & John Mee
  • Michael Coady & John McAuliffe
  • Tomica Bajsić & Gerard Smyth
  • Vona Groarke & Paisley Rekdal
  • Kyle Dargan & Deryn Rees-Jones
  • Moya Cannon & Bronwyn Lea (recommended)
and many more. Info and all that here
There are also a few places still available on the week long workshop, if you are able to make that kind of time commitment.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stinging Fly Submissions - Fear & Fantasy

Winter 2016 issue - Fear & Fantasy

The Winter 2016 issue has a special theme and it will be guest-edited by Mia Gallagher.

Submissions for this issue are now being accepted. The last day to post your submission is Friday, February 5th 2016. All submissions that are postmarked on or before this date will be considered.

Link to a note from the ‘Fear & Fantasy’ issue guest editor:

As well as fiction, they are looking for poems and essays – any piece of text that resonates with the theme. They welcome essays from people working outside literature or lit criticism – history, psychology, biochemistry, philosophy, geophysics, forensics etc.

The postal address for submissions is: The Stinging Fly, PO Box 6016, Dublin 1, Ireland.
More details on the link above.

In each issue they also do a Featured Poet, publishing a number of poems by a poet who is working towards a first collection. To be considered, send 6-10 previously unpublished poems. If they want to see more, they will get back to you. If submitting for this slot, do not make a separate poetry submission.

Publisher: Declan Meade
Editor: Thomas Morris
Poetry Editor: Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin
Eagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge: Aifric Mac Aodha
Contributing Editors: Emily Firetog, Dave Lordan, and Sean O'Reilly

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I Am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: Monday 15 February 2016, 5pm
Entry fee: €5
This flash fiction competition encourages you to channel your inner Anna Livia Plurabelle and to seek inspiration in the charm of our fair city – cracks and all. Pieces should be 400 words in length (in English or Irish) and should be submitted by 15 February 2016. Four winners will be invited to take part in a showcase event on Tuesday 15 March alongside four well-known names on the Dublin literary scene.
- There is no limit to the amount of entries you submit.
- Entries should be sent via Word Doc or PDF (anonymously; including story title) to with the subject line: I Am Dublin competition
Prize: €60 in book vouchers from independent bookshops
Link here