Saturday, 22 April 2017

Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

One of the newer poetry prizes that's free to enter.
No mention of the judge or whether it's anonymously judged.

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 
2nd prize €300.  
3rd prize €200. 

Deadline: 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Cúirt Festival of International Literature

If you're going to Galway for the Cuirt festival, check out the New Writers showcase.

This year’s Cúirt Over The Edge New Writing Showcase features three participants from the Over the Edge literary series in Galway – Rena Garrett, Eileen P Keane, & Una Mannion – and Paul Bregazzi, the winner of the Cúirt New Writing Poetry Prize 2016. The MC for the event will be regular Over The Edge host Susan Millar DuMars. It takes place on Wednesday, April 26th, 3pm, at The Town Hall Theatre

Entry is free of charge. All welcome.

Rena Garrett is a graduate MA in Writing student in NUIG. She has also participated in poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre. Her poetry has been published in The Moth Magazine, and and was shortlisted for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Short Story Competition 2016. Rena was a Featured Reader at the August 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Eileen P Keane is from North Connemara, Co. Galway. She last year completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  Eileen has written and performed for theatre and stage and her CD Spaces was released in 2014. She writes Poetry, Memoir and non-fiction. She is also a Singer/Songwriter and has performed at the: Electric Picnic, Lunasa Festival Sligo, and at the Clifden Arts Festival. Her songs have featured on RTE Radio and Television. Her poems appear in the latest edition of the Galway Review and her Flash Fiction was shortlisted for Allingham Festival 2015. Eileen was a Featured Reader at the March 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Una Mannion teaches Performing Arts in IT Sligo. In March 2016, her poetry was published in the New Irish Writing page in The Irish Times and her fiction was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize. She won the Yeats' Society's Seamus Heaney Prize and came second place in Dromineer Flash Fiction 2015. She has been shortlisted in the Listowel, Bridport, Fish Memoir and other competitions. She recently completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway. She lives in Sligo with her husband and three children.  Una was a Featured Reader at the May 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Una won the Emerging Poetry Award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards and is also the winner of the Fiction section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize.

Paul Bregazzi is a Special Needs Teacher in West Dublin. His poetry has appeared widely and been anthologised on both sides of the Atlantic in Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, Skylight 47, Southword, The Stinging Fly, Magma (U.K),  Fields Magazine (Univ of Texas at Austin), The French Literary Review (Fr),  Thema (U.S.), The Ofi Press (Mexico). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport prize, the RSPB/Rialto Nature Poetry Competition and The Haiku Foundation U.S. Touchstone Awards. He won 2nd place in Magma (U.K.) Editors’ Short Poetry Prize and the Oliver Goldsmith International Poetry Competition. He is co-founder of the Dublin poetry group Listeners and was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introduction Series 2015. Paul is the winner of the poetry section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bread and Roses Poetry Competition

This Award is a bit different from the usual - might spark some interesting poetry. And it appears to be free. And it's anonymised, which is always a good thing.

Culture Matters is pleased to announce a new poetry award, sponsored by Unite the Union.
Bread and Roses Poetry Award, and is now open for submissions.
The purpose of the new award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to enable those communities to engage more with poetry. 

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100.

The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite.

Entry is free, and open to everyone regardless of trade union membership.
  • Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not have been previously published in print or online. 
  • Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.
Poems should be sent via email to
or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 31st May 2017.
Entries will be anonymised before judging, and the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at a Unite conference in Durham in July.
When emailing or posting submissions please provide your name, email or postal address, and phone number.
All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish and/or broadcast them online and in other media.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Residency in Florence

It may be worthwhile becoming a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre if you'd like to apply for a residency in Florence.

The Irish Writers Centre is continuing to develop its links with Italy and we are delighted to announce a one-week residency with St Mark's in Florence this autumn from 29 September – 6 October 2017. 
While the successful applicant must cover their own transport and living expenses, they will have the chance to reside in the beautiful hospitality apartment adjoining St Mark's English Church in the heart of Florence. During their stay they will be expected take part in a public reading, as well as meeting with the local writing community. 
To apply, send the following to Valerie Bistany, with St Mark's Florence Residency in the subject line:
  1. A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words or between 4- 6 poems).
  4. Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.
Collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.  
At present, this residency is open only to professional members of the Irish Writers Centre. To become a professional member, please see the Professional Member section of their website
Deadline for applications is Friday 28 Apriat 5pm.  If places are still available after this date, we will advertise the call publicly.
The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1 June 2017.
 St Mark's Florence

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Books Upstairs - poetry competition

Books Upstairs, that lovely Dublin bookshop have announced their first poetry competition. The theme is something close to their hearth/heart, the Dublin Luas works which has created havoc on the streets for many many months now.

WORK IN PROGRESS was the name Joyce gave toFinnegan’s Wake when - for a very long time - he was beavering away on that great Dublin book. It was a complicated business, his friends didn't know what to make of it. Opinion was divided. Some thought the project was a complete muddle which would never make sense, but others were sure it would all work out well in the end.
The great Work in Progress in Dublin today is the Luas works. Will it all be grand in the end or will it ever end? Citizens have undoubtedly found themselves mulling on this in recent months, especially when making their way through the city’s maze of cages.
To celebrate National Poetry Day we’re putting the call out for your poems on the Luas construction works.

See your name in lights! Enter our first ever Books Upstairs Poetry competition! First prize is a Books Upstairs gift token to the value of €100.

The competition closes at midnight on 24th April 2017. The winner and runners up will be announced on the morning of Poetry Day, and their poems displayed in Books Upstairs on that day and for the following week. The competition will be judged by the Books Upstairs team who will stay up as late as necessary to arrive at the right decision!

How to enter
  • Entry is free and by email only.
  • Poems should be in English or Irish and no longer than 40 lines.
  • Attach your poem in a Word document, using font Times New Roman, point size 12, single spaced.
  • Make sure this document contains no identifying details. It should not include your name or email, to ensure that the entries are judged anonymously.
  • Include your name, address and contact information in the body of your email, along with the poem title(s) and with the Word document attached, and send it with subject line 'Poetry Comp' to
  • And oh! For the sake of sanity, the judges’ decision is final.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Abridged 0 - 1979 Submission Call/News

Human beings are multifarious and moody – never purely one thing, never completely sure of things, always fluctuating, no matter what’s being said at one time or another. In the pulse of the absolute present, the world of what we know and experience, ‘everything that is the case’, remains mutable under the simultaneous pressures of all thought and activity. The clay stuff of what-is remains wet, in a perma-flux of reformation.

Such recognition is the fire that fixes the clay of tiny moments, complex instants of colliding moods and actions, into recorded time, the having-happened. And so in this way moments become monuments on the landscape of what-we-have-come-to-know-and-be: the landscape of our history. Isolated, named, these monuments are flocked to by pilgrims from the present seeking answers to the question of now.

There is always a reason, but never simply so. No action sits alone in the world but is surrounded by causes and reactions. Everything is reactive. Every instant is a universe. To pin-point feels like power. Pushing them away from the complexities of ourselves, we can turn definitive moments into the monsters of our time. It is much easier to point and say ‘that is the monster and that is when it arrived’ than try to explain, to unpick the make-up of the primordial soup of feelings and happenings in which a monstrosity was engendered. It is easier for there to be a monster than for there to be monstrosity: one can be boxed up, stuck with pins, framed, blamed and separated; the other must be swum through and breathed in. There are always reasons, but never one in isolation, never one that is complete. Every definitive moment is deeply involved, a knot of the present’s pressures, in which more might be complicit than will ever be comprehended. These moments erupt out of the surface of world as we know it, cracking it open and leaving us swarming in the gaps, around the fragments, trying with every change to conjure a glue for piecing some sort of whole world together again.

Abridged in 0-1979 explores those moments, big and small when our world shattered and changed and our attempts to make sense of it all. When there’s nothing here for me and you…

Abridged is looking for poetry for its 0 – 1979 issue. Up to four poems can be submitted. 

Submissions should be sent to

Deadline: 5th May 2017.

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Surviving Anne by Gustavo Dessal

ICLO-NLS invites you to the Irish Book Launch of Surviving Anne by Gustavo Dessal

“A brilliantly constructed psychological thriller and unique peek into the world of madness, guided by the psychoanalytical teachings of Jacques Lacan” - Maria Cristina Aguirre, Lacanian Compass

The author will be in conversation with Poet Katie  Donovan - Recipient of the 2017 O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry

DATE:  Friday 7 April 2017
TIME:   6.30pm to 8pm
VENUE: Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 

Free event - booking is essential

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Poem of the Week Radio show

I'm delighted to be kicking off this radio series on Near FM, a community radio station known for its initiative and support of the arts and local community.
Listen out!
Starting Monday April 3rd @ 12.00 noon and running for an entire year Near FM presents a new radio series dedicated to poetry.

Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Stephen James Smith, Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.  

Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calender year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Irelands outgoing Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan.

It is a terrific idea - ambitious & perfect for radio – Paula Meehan, Poet

Join us each Monday at noon when Poem of the Week will bring you back to poems you remember and enjoy, as well as introducing you to new poets and capturing the reasons people love them.

For more information on the poems and contributors featured please see

Poem of the Week is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

Deadline: 19 June

Poems of up to 60 lines on any theme are invited. The Competition attracts entries from all over the world. 

1st prize £200, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100 and £50, with prizes for ‘People’s Choice’ and best read poem. 
Longlisted entries are published in an anthology and shortlisted poets are invited to read at the Adjudication event at the time of National Poetry Day. 

The judges are last year's winner, Jen Syrkiewicz, Nancy Gaffield from the University of Kent and prize-winning poet Derek Sellen (SaveAs Writers)

Entry fee: £5 per poem

Contact: For more details and online or postal entry go to: 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Wexford Literary Festival Competition

Wexford Literary Festival 2017 runs from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the heart of Ireland’s South-East. The Festival is holding three writing competitions: The Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, The Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award, and The Wexford Literary Festival One-Act Play Competition.

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award
Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its annual international Colm Tóibín Short Story Award.
1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €300
Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length.

Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award
Poets are invited to submit up to three poems, up to a maximum of 40 lines, for consideration.
1st Prize is €250 plus the Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry crystal award, 2nd €200 and 3rd €100
Entries can be up to and including 40 lines in length

Wexford Literary Festival One-Act Play Competition
Playwrights are invited to submit plays of up to 15 minutes in length and four finalists will have their pieces performed by Enniscorthy Drama Group at this year’s festival.
The play should require no more than four actors.
Four finalists will have their pieces performed by Enniscorthy Drama Group at this year’s festival, with a prize of €300 euro going to the overall winner.

Entry fee: €10
Deadline: 1st April 2017
Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017, however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own
Link here

Friday, 24 March 2017

Call for dlr Writer in Residence

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the period June 2017 to May 2018.  This writer in residence is managed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and is grant-aided by the Arts Council.

The residency is open to writers working in script-writing in any form (e.g. writing for stage, TV or film).  The theme this year is Ireland: The Future. The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways.  The residency is envisaged as a part-time residency which will allow time for the writer’s own work in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and, more specifically, with those with an interest in writing themselves.

The writer in residence will focus on working in the dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire and the writer in residence will have access to a room on the top floor of the new Central Library and Cultural Centre.
Applicants must live in, work in, be originally from or have studied a relevant discipline in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

More information and full details of how to apply go to

Closing Date: 13th of April at 12 noon

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

North West Words Submissions

North West Words is OPEN for submissions and is published in May and November.
Deadline: April 1st 2017

Please submit no more than 3 poems or 1 short story (max 2000 words), non-fiction piece (max 800 words) or flash fiction (max 500 words) or jpegs of photography/art , as an attachment to with ‘Submission’ and whatever category you are submitting to, as the subject of the email.
Include a short biography in the third person and a photo along with any links to your website/blog/twitter/etc.
All work must be the original work of the writer/artist and previously unpublished.
Email Submissions to:    Please use ‘NWW magazine submission’ in the subject line.

Iarratas á lorg ó scríbhneoirí Gaeilge.
Foilsíonn an baicle scríbhneoireachta ‘North West Words’ irisleabhar dha uair sa bhliain; i mí na Bealtaine agus i mí na Samhna. Fáiltíonn an grúpa roimh saothar liteartha i nGaeilge. Is é an chéad lá de mhí Lunasa an chéad spriocdháta.
Ní ghlacfar le níos mó ná trí dhán nó gearrscéal amháin (uasmhéid 2000 focal); nó píosa neamh-fhicsin (uasmhéid 800 focal); nó ficsean ‘flash’ (uasmhéid 500 focal); nó jpeg de ghrianghraf nó píosa físealaíne (curtha mar cheangaltán ar ríomhphost).
Seol d’iarratas mar ríomhphost chuig  Bíodh an focal ‘Submission’ mar ábhar an ríomhphoist agus luaigh an catagóir liteartha cuí freisin.
Ní mór beathaisnéis ghearr a chur leis an iarratas, mar aon leis naisc, (más ábharach), go dtí do shuíomh idirlín /blag /suíomh facebook agus araile.
Ní foláir gach iarracht a bheith ina saothar úrnua de chuid an iarratasóir agus ní foláir nár fhoilsíodh cheana é ach oiread.
Seol an saothar chuig:

Monday, 20 March 2017

Call for Audio Poems

Poetry Day Ireland is on Thursday 27 April this year, with the theme of ‘Poetry Connects’. Spearheaded by Poetry Ireland, they are inviting everyone to join-in, link-up, and connect through the power of poetry.

To mark the occasion, Lagan Online is teaming up with Poetry NI, seeking your audio poems to feature on our special ‘Mix Tape’, which will be made available to download for free on the day. We will be selecting the best tracks to showcase, so get recording and send us your work!

On this year’s theme, Poetry Ireland website says: “Words matter: they can build bridges or burn them down. Poetry’s ‘delicate dance between the said and the unsaid’ (Ruth Padel) has the power to connect friends, lovers and family. It has the power to help us look inward and understand ourselves, and the power to transport us across borders and through frontiers. It connects us with our memories and springboards us to our future. We need the power of words now more than ever.”

Submission Guidelines:

Submission are open to anyone currently living in, or originally from, the island of Ireland.
All sound files must be in MP3, MP4 or WAV format.
Please submit each poem as a separate file, up to a maximum of three poems.
Poems may have musical accompaniment or backing tracks, but please make sure the poem is clearly audible.
Each poem must be no more that four minutes in duration.
Previously published poems are acceptable, as long as you have retained the copyright.

Deadline: Monday 10th April.

Please find your poems as attachments along with a brief biog (third person, 75 words max) to

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st March 2017

Judge: John Hegley.

The Prize is €1,000 and publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.

No line limit.


Entry fee is €12 per poem

All entrants to the competition will be notified by email by 30 April 2017, including those who have not been successful.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Call for Submissions for Issue #5 of Banshee

I'm happy to have a poem in issue #4 of Banshee magazine, a rather .creepy poem I think. They are looking for submissions for issue #5

Closing date for submissions: 31st March 2017

Submissions for issue #5 of Banshee (autumn/winter 2017) are open.

All submissions should be previously unpublished.

Stories and essays should be 1500-5000 words. Flash fiction should be less than 1000 words, poems no more than 40 lines.

We are happy to read up to two stories, up to two essays, up to four flashes and up to six poems. However, we ask that each writer submit in only one of the above categories.

Submissions should be in one .doc or .docx format attachment, double spaced, and in a non-quirky font.

Please include a short bio (max 50 words) in the body of your email.

Email to bansheelit at gmail dot com, with the category of the work (flash/story/essay/poetry) in the subject line.

We believe in paying writers. We can offer contributors a small fee as well as two copies of the journal.

Past issues, including extracts, can be found at:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New Issue of Skylight

The launch of Skylight 47, Issue 8, takes place at the March Over The Edge reading at Galway City Library at 6.30 on Thursday 30th March. You are all invited to join us to celebrate the release of another great issue full of poetry, reviews, interviews, comment pieces, and of course, the masterclass.

Poetry contributors to Issue 8 are also invited to read their poem at the launch event.

I'm very happy to have a poem included in this issue but I have to miss the launch as I'll be moving house. Do yourself a favour, get down there and grab a copy.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Poetry on the Lake Competition

There are three categories for this year's Poetry on the Lake Competition

Silver Wyvern
adjudicator : Carol Ann Duffy 
Theme for Silver Wyvern: Metal – may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme.
Max 40 lines

adjudicator: Kevin Bailey
no set theme
Max 40 lines

adjudicator: Oz Hardwick
no set theme
Max 10 lines

All 3 adjudicators will read all , poems in his or her category

Deadline: 30th April 2017

Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500.
2nd - €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each
All prizewinners present at Celebration receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI

Fees vary depending on whether you post or enter online. 
£8 first poem (£10 online); further poems £6/£8 each OR
Euro: €12 first poem; 2 or more, €10 each.

Entry information link here

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition 2017

The Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition 2017 is now open for entries.

Deadline: 5pm on 24 Mar 2017
Poetry Ireland and Butlers Chocolate Cafés are inviting poets to submit poems for our Poetry Day Ireland 2017 competition. The theme of the competition is open, but poems should mention either chocolate or coffee, or give a flavour(!) of the coffeehouse and café. Poems should be no longer than sixteen lines.

The winning poet will:
  • Have their poem printed on a Pocket Poem card, which will be distributed in all 19  Butlers Chocolate Café branches on Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April 2017. 
  • Win an hour-long one-to-one poetry clinic with Colette Bryce at Poetry Ireland.  
  • Win a ticket to every poetry event in either the International Literature Festival Dublin (20-28 May 2017), Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23-30 April 2017), or to West Cork Literary Festival (14-21 July 2017). 
  • Receive a 2-year subscription to Poetry Ireland Review. 
  • Win a pass for 4 people to the Butlers Chocolate Experience. 
The runner up poet will:
  • Have their poem printed on a Pocket Poem card, which will be distributed in all 18 Butlers Chocolate Café branches on Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April 2017. 
  • Receive a box of Butlers Chocolates. 
Free to enter
Submit up to four suitable poems.

Online application form:

Thursday, 23 February 2017

International Women's Day - Women Aloud NI

There are some awesome women coming to Dublin from Northern Ireland tfor International Women's Day so make sure you get to at least one of the events.

Staccato Wednesday 8th March 8pm Toners, Baggot Street

The poets on the evening are: Maria McManus, Deirdre Cartmill and Nandi Jola.
Bernie McGill, Sheila Llewellyn and Annemarie Neary are all featured in Sinéad Gleeson’s wonderful anthology, The Glass Shore, the companion volume to the ealier The Long Gaze Back – both of them award-winners at the Irish Book Awards, and deservedly so.

See blog from Catherine Dunne, the organiser here

Irish Writers Centre, Saturday 11th March 11am

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to collaborate with Women Aloud Northern Ireland, along with female writers resident in the Republic of Ireland, in a day-long literary readathon in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The event will consists of panel discussions, day-long opportunities to hear extracts from Women Aloud NI members and the Irish Writers Centre as well as networking opportunities which will serve to cement the relationships between women writers across genres — and across Ireland.
This event is one in a series of events from Women Aloud NI, including readings, bookstore and library visits and mystery events that will celebrate International Women’s Day from Wednesday 8 March. The aim of these events is to inspire women to write, read, and champion the literary work of local women, strengthen their relationship with local booksellers and librarians, and promote the performances, readings and literary endeavours of women writers.

Link here

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sunflower Sessions Reading

I'm chuffed to be the first Featured Reader at the 2017 Sunflower Sessions Wednesday 22nd February.

This will be my last reading in Dublin for some time as I'm preparing to move south to Kinsale. A farewell tour! 

The Sunflower Sessions is on the last Wednesday of every month in Jack Nealon's Pub,165 Capel St, Dublin

We kick off as usual at 7.30pm and run until 10.30pm. As ever, it’s an open mic night plus a featured reader (more on that later in the week). Readers have between 3 and 7 minutes (depending on how busy it is) so if you’re going to read (and we really hope you do), you should bear that in mind.

Of course, it’s a night for listening as well as reading and it’s open to anyone and we have regular attendees who haven’t written a word :)

We’ll also have copies of Flare 02 for sale, our new quarterly compilation of readings from the Sunflower Sessions (as well as the last few copies of Flare 01), so be sure to pick up a copy if you haven’t had the chance (or pick up another copy to replace the dog-eared one that you’ve loved to pieces). Flare is entirely not-for-profit and funds go towards the annual costs of the open mic night.

So bring your words, bring your hearts and bring a friend.

Link here

Monday, 20 February 2017

Unesco’s World Poetry Day - Poetry on the Lake

CALL: Crossing Lines, poems for immigrants and refugees

During March 2017, in the ambit of the celebrations of Unesco’s World Poetry Day, Poetry on the Lake will dedicate a webpage of to poems for immigrants and refugees.

Send poems (published or unpublished) to subject: Crossing Lines.

N.b. There is no fee and no payment.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017

Poems must be in English, run to no longer than 40 lines, and fit on a single A4 page.

They must be original and not previously published .

Entrants must be over 18 and live or study in the British Isles.

Full rules and to enter here.

Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their entries at a gala evening prize-giving at Friargate Theatre, York, on March 26, 2017.

The prize-giving event will also feature a reading by Antony Dunn who is the sole judge of the competition and will read every entry.

Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The minimum entry fee is £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems.

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Abridged 0 - 49: Babel Submission Call

Speaking one language was living one language when they came together to build something that reached toward the above and beyond. In an utopia of unification and pure communication they were elevating themselves together. They were the makers of an axis of worlds, bridging earthly and heavenly, heavy and weightless, rough and holy, body and mind, mess of matter and the idea of perfection beyond such mess. The bridging tower would mean completeness, the unification of all that it meant to be. And its foundations and substance were the cooperation of its unity of builders. And communication made them one in their building, a whole of the parts. And they were making a whole of the parts of the universe, earth and sky. But, so the story goes, man has no right to such unity, or ultimately no such capacity. Some great force, whether from the earth or the heavens, shattered their plane of one language into shards of multifarious tongues. Each shard became alone, growing and modifying alone. There was to be no jigsawing. There was to be no single tower of completeness but millions of individuals, each in their own way reaching and crumbling, each standing alone. With such a fragmenting, so fragmented the links not only between divine and profane and between person and person, but between being and thinking, between person and self. They were left floundering in acquired and diverse language systems, seas of words that submerged the known world, that remain somewhat alien as an element, filling the gaps between bodies, filling mouths when they try to speak truth.

We are post-truth. So we are told, so we have been informed with such unrelenting frequency recently that even this term could be at risk of losing its meaning, of becoming only the sounds and shapes that make up its utterance, more verbal clutter littering the ether. Post-truth: it means words have overwhelmed us. It says they are treacherous, no longer nourish us with knowledge but instead suffocate with meaninglessness. As God before, truth is dead. Post-truth is the burdensome corpse of communication

Abridged 0-49 is Babel, concerning the fall-out from the reactionary combination of two elements that have become fundamental in contemporary life: post-truth and social media. Our lives orientate around the aspiration for maximal connection. Online, it seems, is a parallel existence to our "real world" in which we are never alone, and where we have the capacity to speak out on a global platform, to anyone and everyone. But could it be that this new apparent root-system, this verbal deluge turbulent beneath each moment of our daily lives, leaves us ultimately detached?
"Too much contact, no more feeling."

Abridged is looking for poetry and art for its 0 – 49: Babel issue.
Up to four poems can be submitted and art can be up to A4 landscape and should be 300dpi or above.
Submissions should be sent to Deadline:24th March 2017.
Please note that this is a landscape issue. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Cloud poem competition

The sky is low, the clouds are mean
So said Emily Dickinson. Of course, it’s not necessarily the case. Clouds can be whatever we want them to be, which is why we’re teaming up with the Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) to find the very best new poems about clouds for a new Candlestick Press pamphlet due out this summer.

How to enter

  • Entry is free and by email only. 
  • Poems should be in English and no longer than 40 lines. 
  • You may enter as many times as you wish, although no entrant will receive more than one prize. Attach your poem(s) in a Word document, using font Times New Roman, point size 12, single spaced.
  • Make sure your document contains no identifying details, 
  • send it as an email attachment to 
  • Include your name, address and contact information in the body of the email, along with the poem title(s). 
  • Please don’t send anything that has already been published elsewhere (including online) although we’re happy to accept entries that are being simultaneously submitted to other competitions.

The competition will be judged by Katharine Towers, Candlestick Press Assistant Editor and CAS Poet in Residence. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Deadline: midnight on 17th March 2017 and winners will be notified by 1st May 2017.


The winning poem will feature in Candlestick’s forthcoming pamphlet Ten Poems about Clouds which is due for publication in July 2017. It will also be posted on the CAS and Candlestick Press websites. The winner will receive 30 copies of the pamphlet, in addition to a Cloud Appreciation Society membership (or a top-up subscription if already a member).

Ten commended poets will each receive five copies of the anthology and their poems will be posted on the Candlestick Press and CAS websites. The winning and commended poets will be invited to read at the launch of Ten Poems about Clouds in July.

Link here