Monday, 23 May 2011

Raftery Award

This is (not) a new poetry competition.

Update: Note this is postponed until 2012. Any poems already submitted will be held until then. See website here.

Update : Cancelled. All submissions should have had their fees returned by now (Sad)

1st Prize € 750
2nd Prize € 500
3rd Prize € 250

There will be 10 shortlisted entrants who will be notified by the end of September 2011. Shortlisted entrants will receive free accommodation plus 50euro expenses.

N.B. It is a condition of entry that all finalists will be available to read their work in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, on the night of Friday, November 11th, 2011, during which the winners will be announced. In certain circumstances, the Coordinator and judges may consider an alternate reader.


Title: Journeying

Maximum 80 lines. 1.5 or double spaced on one side of the paper only. All poems should be original work, not published previously in any form/format.

Entry Fee: € 5 per poem

Your name and contact details should be on a separate sheet and must not appear on the same page as the poems.

3 copies of each poem must be provided to

Ms. Louise Lawrence,
33, Rathcluain Village,
Co. Mayo

Deadline: August 31, 2011


Donna OShaughnessy said...

Do you know if The Rafferty Award is open to non-irish residents ?
many thanks

Emerging Writer said...

Hi Donna, one of the conditions is that you go there to read if you win so as long as you're prepared to travel you could be from Mayo or New Mexico

Peter Goulding said...

Not sure how new this is? I got third place in the inaugural competition in 2006! I presume that its Raftery, as in the blind Irish wandering poet?

Emerging Writer said...

omg, Peter you are so right and I am so wrong. Thanks for your eagle eyes. Will edit and fix

Siobhan said...

There is an announcement on their website stating that this competition has now been cancelled.

Emerging Writer said...

thanks Siobhan. I wonder what happened?