Sunday, 29 March 2015

Is this the richest poetry prize?

The University of Canberra international poetry prize.

Deadline:  29 May 2015
  • The winner will receive AUD$15,000 (that's over €10,000)
  • The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000
  • Four additional poems will be short-listed
Terms and Conditions
  • Single poem, maximum length of 50 lines (not including the poem's title, any short epigraph, blank lines, numbered sections, etc.) and be no more than 1,000 words in total.
  • Fee: AUD$20
  • Tertiary (university) students may enter at AUD$10 per poem
  • Entries may be submitted from any place in the world 
  • Entries must be unpublished works that have not been previously broadcast publicly, in whole or part (either in print, online or in any other format, including radio broadcast, personal blogs, you-tube and social media).
  • Entries must not be created (i.e. authored) by a computer program.
(Why do they feel the need to say this? Bizarre! There must be a story there)
Enter here - it's all online

Friday, 27 March 2015

Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition now open for submissions to writers around the world! Competition hosted by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland. 
Deadline 31 May 2015
TWO winners to receive: 
  • manuscript publication, 
  • 50 free copies 
  • €500 cash
  • Forward Prize nomination 
  • consideration for Cork Spring Poetry Festival reading in 2016. 

At least one of the winners will be a debutante publication.
25 - 50 more will receive commendations.
Entrance fee €25
JudgesThe winners will be selected by a panel chosen by the management board of Southword Editions
Manuscripts must be sixteen to twenty pages in length. More details on the website.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Launch of Breda Wall Ryan's first collection

Quick call out for Breda Wall Ryan, a much lauded poet with a bewildering number oGcompetition wins and publications under her belt. Her debut collection In a Hare's Eye is published this week by Doire Press.

The launch is Thursday 26th March 6.30 pm
in the Teacher’s  Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Launched by the poet Paul Perry.

Her title poem Self Portrait in the Convex Bulge of a Hare’s Eye was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition.

All welcome

And if you can't make it to the launch, you can buy a copy of her book on the Doire website where I believe WORLDWIDE SHIPPING IS FREE.

A bargain if you ask me.
The Golden Pen Poetry Competition is inviting poems of no greater than 70 lines. 

The first prize for the competition is €100 and with consolation prizes as well and the winning entry to be published in the Festival magazine. 

There is a junior section as well for primary schools with a first prize of €50 and no word limit. 

Fees for entry are €5 per poem senior and €3 for juniors. 

Send your entries to: The Golden Pen, Gurteen, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and for further info contact: John Corbett at 

Also info on the Poetry Ireland website

Deadline: 1st April

Monday, 23 March 2015

Crannog Submissions

Get your submissions in for Crannog magazine from Galway.

Submissions for Crannóg June 2015 issue are accepted all through March. They have reduced the submission time for each issue to one month which means submissions are not tied up for long and a decision will be reached quickly. 

Deadline: 31st March 2015

Please read full submission rules HERE first!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Not impressed with this ageist offering at all

Not everyone has the luxury of putting their life on hold to write. Poetry doesn't pay. Not many poets are independently wealthy and even poets have to eat. Many exceptionally good poets don't start writing until they are a good way into adulthood, even retired. And's a bursary restricted to under 35's. Poetry Ireland should know better.

Poetry Ireland, in association with Cúirt, is delighted to offer an emerging younger poet the opportunity to visit the festival and to immerse themselves in the poetry programme. The successful applicant will attend all poetry readings and launches at the festival and they will also be allocated a place on the workshop programme. They will receive complimentary tickets to all events, bed and breakfast accommodation for 5 nights, along with their travel costs to Galway and a per diem. In return they will be required to write a blog for Poetry Ireland and Cúirt while at the festival.
Applications are invited from those aged 35 or under, who are beginning to have poems published in reputable journals or magazines, and who are based in Ireland or Northern Ireland. This award is dedicated to writers who have yet to have a full collection published. If you are interested in being considered for this bursary, please send us a short expression of interest, outlining why your work would benefit from this support. Applications which exceed one page will be deemed ineligible. 
Deadline 27th March.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Poets to Check Out - Liz Berry

Liz Berry, who is reading at Poetry Now this coming Sunday with Dalgit Nagra, reading my favourite poem of hers, Sow.