Monday, 16 January 2017

North West Words and Ealaín na Gaeltachta Irish Language Poetry Competition

This year’s NWW poetry competition 2016 again features a category for best Irish Language poem. North West Words believes it is important to recognise the wealth of contemporary Irish language poetry in the country. The group, partnered with Ealaín na Gaeltachta (the body responsible for the development of the Arts in the Gaeltacht regions), have combined for a second year to develop an Irish language competition that champions new poetry written in Irish. The competition will have the same format as its English language counterpart with a prize of €250 to be awarded to the entrant who composes the best poem as Gaeilge. The winner will also receive a perpetual trophy sponsored by Donegal Creameries.
North West Words is a non-profit organisation run on voluntary effort. The competition fee of €5 per entry (for up to three poems) goes towards the administrative costs of the competition. 
Deadline 31st January 2017 for poems in Irish.
Link for rules and payment here
Download the rules document here

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Anam Cara Workshops

Beautifully set on the Beara penisula, Anam Cara is a special place to visit to retreat to write or to take one of these interesting sounding workshops.

29 April through 5 May:  "When I Write, I Find a Way to Become Wise About Myself," a Proprioceptive Writing Workshop led by Ginny Keegan

20 through 26 May: "Painting The Beautiful Beara Peninsula of Ireland" a Watercolour Workshop led by Evenlyn Dunphy

10 through 16 June: "The Mythic Imagination Creative Writing Workshop" led by Adam Wyeth

5 through 11 August: "Lining Our Thoughts," a Poetry Workshop led by Leanne O'Sullivan

19 through 25 August: "Explore Your Musical Self: A Creative Approach to Songwriting" led by Caz Jeffreys

2 through 8 September: "The Art of Seeing: Mindfulness in Photography," a Photography Workshop led by Katja Liedle

9 through 15 September: "The Art of the Short Story -- In Its Many Guises" a Short Fiction Writing Workshop led by Vanessa Gebbie

28 October through 3 November: "A Celtic Retreat at Samhain -- The Celtic New Year" led by Mary Meighan , Step into the mystical imagination of the Celtic Wisdom Tradition through Celtic Gatherings and guided retreat time and visits to some of the sacred sites on the magnificent Beara Peninsula.

For more information about each of the workshops as well as availability for individual retreats during the rest of the year, please contact Sue at

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Listowel Writers Week Creative Writing Competitions

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry. 
31st May to 4th of June 2017
The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is generously sponsored by Kerry Group Plc, and with a prize of €15,000 it remains the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Novels must be published between 1st February 2016 and 1st February 2017. The 2016 Prize was won by Anne Enright for The Green Road.

The Pigott Poetry Prize, now in its fourth year, is generously sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family. The €5,000 Prize is awarded for a published collection of Poetry by an Irish poet. Collection entries must be published between 1st February 2016 and 1st February 2017. The 2016 Prize was won by Eamon Grennan for There Now.

The closing date for entries for the above two awards is 3rd February 2017 and submissions now being accepted for both awards.

All other Creative Writing Competitions are open to entries that are previously unpublished and include: The Bryan MacMahon Short Story AwardThe Eamon Keane Full-Length Play in association with Siamsa Tíre, the Single Poem and the Poetry Collection, Listowel Writers’ Week Originals, the Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award and Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth. All of the above include a generous prize fund and many can be entered online through our website.  Closing date for receipt of entries is 3rd March 2017.

Prize-winners of ALL our competitions will receive their awards on the Opening Night of Listowel Writers Week on Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Some are free to enter, some are around €10. Full details and criteria for ALL our Creative Writing Competitions are available here Competitions

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Magma Magazine Poetry Competition

Magma magazine’s poetry competition is open for entries.  

Deadline: January 16th 2017.  

As always, we are running two competitions concurrently. 

The Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines is being judged this year by award-winning poet Jane Draycott whose collections include Over, Prince Rupert’s Drop and The Night Tree; she will be reading all entries – there are no sifters. 

The Editors’ Prize for poems of up to 10 lines is judged by a panel of five Magma Editors.  The prize money for both competitions is the same, so double your chances and try your luck at both - first prize for both the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize of £1000, second prize of £300 and third prize of £150.

The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma, and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize.  Winning and commended poets will read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in March next year.

The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Link here

Friday, 6 January 2017

Poetry Ireland’s Introductions

Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series aims to encourage excellence in the craft of poetry, while raising the profile of talented, emerging poets. 

Applications are now open for the 2017 Introductions Series, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase theirwork through workshops and performance.
In 2017 the poets selected for the Introductions Series will participate in two workshops/master classes. The first workshop is focused on form and craft, the second on the art of reading/performing poetry in public.
These workshops will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin.
Veterans of the Introductions Series include: Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin Dyar, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Jane Clarke, Victoria Kennefick, Erin Fornoff, Alvy Carragher, Kate Dempsey, Stephen Connolly, and Stephen Sexton. Introductions poets have subsequently been published by Dedalus Press, the Gallery Press, Salmon Poetry, Doire Press and Carcanet Press, and their work has gone on to win numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, and acknowledgement at the Irish Book Awards. 
Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for the 2017 Introduction Series. Applicants are required to submit:
  • A short biography and covering letter. 
  • A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).
Submitting poets should ideally have had work published in established journals and magazines.
Applications are facilitated by an independent, established assessor. 
Selected applicants are usually informed within four weeks and, depending on the number of submissions, approximately 12 poets are selected each year.
Applications should be sent to: 
Introduction Series, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
Application Deadline:
Friday 17 February 2017      

Link here

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2016

Welsh based magazine Prole has its annual poetry competition

Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 22 in April 2017.
Publication on the Prole website
2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22.
Publication on the Prole website

Judge: Macdara Woods

Deadline: January 31st 2017

We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

Fees: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries. You can submit online and pay with paypal

Link is here

Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Story House – ‘Writing for Young People’

The Story House – ‘Writing for Young People’ 
Mon. 20th to Sat. 25th February at Lisnavagh House, Co. Carlow
This is a unique five day taught residential course, led by two award winning writers, Sheena Wilkinson and Elizabeth Rose Murray, with midweek guest writer Patricia Ford (of Childrens Books Ireland). Limited to 12 participants – with workshops, one to one tutorials with each writer, and time and space to write. A deposit of €200 secures a place on the course – the fee of €700 is fully inclusive of all accommodation, food, workshops etc. 
Writing Changes Lives – 3 x 1 day Saturday workshops Jan. 28th, Feb. 4th & Feb. 11th in Brewery Lane Theatre
These are my own writing workshops, based on the work of Pat Schneider and ‘built on a trust in the inherent talent in people and trust in the power of writing as a process’. Anyone who has written with me I think understands how that is proven over and over as we write together in the workshops. For more background I highly recommend Pat Schneider’s book Writing Alone and With Others – it is in local libraries and in the Book Centre, Waterford. The fee for the workshops is €150. Suitable for anyone beginning, or beginning again, to write.
2017 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – Fri. April 21st to Sun. April 23rd
This year in Brewery Lane we will be joined by two very talented writers and experienced teachers of writing, Lia Mills and Catherine Dunne, and already there is significant interest, just through word of mouth. The emphasis this year will be on the tools of fiction and memoir, with workshops and one to one meetings to discuss your work. There is an early bird offer of €160 if paid before Fri. 19th February, after that date the full fee of €175 will apply. Limited to 12 participants. 
For bookings and enquiries please email:
Link here