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 shop@booksupstairs.ie
  • And oh! For the sake of sanity, the judges’ decision is final.

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