Tuesday 29 August 2017

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017

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Deadline: 10th October 

The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards happen in conjunction with SiarScéal Festival, held in Roscommon every year since its inception in 2007. This year's 10th anniversary festival takes place over two days: Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October at Roscommon County Library in Roscommon Town, from 10am to 4.30pm on each day. The full programme of events has been announced and is posted online (also available to download in handy brochure format).

Winners in this year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will be announced and prizes presented as part of the formal proceedings that follow the Official Launch. The Overall Winner will take away the prize of seeing his or her book published professionally and formally launched at the following year's SiarScéal Festival (dates to be announced). The estimated value of this prize, which is sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, is put at €2000. Full details of what the winning author will receive are outlined here.

In addition to the Overall Prize, there is also a First Prize – a cash prize of €700 – with trophy prizes for Highly Commended entries in the various categories of poetry, prose/short stories. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded to the best local entry received.

Day One of the festival, is entirely devoted to the Student Awards presentation, including a Student of the Year Trophy. This event is sponsored by Allied Irish Bank. The following day, Saturday 21 October, will see the presentation of awards in the other categories, including Overall and First Prize winners.

Mary Melvin Geoghegan, who is the adjudicator of this year's awards, will be the guest speaker. She herself is an award-winning poet. To date, four volumes of her poetry have been published, the most recent being, Say It Like a Paragraph (2012).

Entries may consist of poetry and/or prose compositions, previously unpublished, on the theme of Beneath Western Skies.

Full details of how to enter (including how the facility to enter online), terms and conditions, rules of entry are available from SiarScéal.

Monday 28 August 2017

Cold Coffee Cup Spoken Word

Westport Arts Festival 2017 are running a spoken word segment, open for submissions and open to both emerging and established creators and performers.

Since its launch this past April, Cold Coffee Stand has showcased new work by poets and authors both Irish and international.  



  • Submissions should run no more than 10 minutes of performance time per piece.  
  • Performers can submit up to three entries.
  • The Cold Coffee selection panel and guest judge Roberta Beary (Modern Haiku) will consider spoken word in any genre (poetry, prose, rap, theatre), provided it is the work of a single performer and does not exceed the time limit.
  • The first entry will cost €10, for two entries the cost is €15 and €20 for three. 
  • Closing date for submissions is Sunday September 10th.

A shortlist of five finalists will be announced on Thursday 14th September. The finalists must be available to perform their submitted work in Westport on Friday September 29 at the inaugural Cold Coffee Cup Spoken Word Night at the Gallery Wine Bar at 8pm.

Upload your details on the Westport Arts Festival's online form, submit the links to your video submission and pay your entry fee and fill in the form!

Links should be to your own website or to a publicly accessible format on a video hosting site such as Vimeo or Youtube. 

All submissions, short-listed or otherwise, will be published and promoted by Cold Coffee Stand alongside their regular programming of poetry and short fiction: http://coldcoffeestand.com/coldcoffeecup/

The best received performance on the night will be awarded a €500 cash prize.

Saturday 26 August 2017

AT The Edge, Cavan

Tuesday 29 August 2017, 6.30pm
Johnston Library, Cavan

Another super night for the lucky people in Cavan or close by. Get to the library!

AT The Edge, Cavan on Tuesday 29 August, 6.30pm in the Johnston Library. There will be an open mic following the readings. All welcome. Organised by Kate Ennals.

AT the Edge, Cavan, funded by Cavan Arts Office, curates three literary evenings a year. Three poets or writers are invited to come and read their work for fifteen minutes and the readings are followed by an Open Mic Session. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lisa Frank writes stories. Lisa Frank was born and raised in Los Angeles but lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years before moving to Ireland in 2007. She won second place in the 2016 Francis MacManus Award and was a joint-winner of the 2015 Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition. She is also the editor of Galway Stories, featuring many of Ireland’s best fiction writers, including Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Mike McCormack and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Having taught creative writing in a variety of settings, including a mens’ prison, she now lives in Connemara with her partner and is co-director of Doire Press.

Maurice Devitt writes poems. He was runner-up in The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition in 2017, and winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition in 2015. Maurice has been placed or shortlisted in the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Listowel Collection competition, Over the Edge New Writer Competition, Cuirt New Writing Award, Cork Literary Review  and the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. He has had poems published in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Mexico, Romania, India and Australia, runs the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers  Group.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene.  His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival.  Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Noble Call), Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury Festival and George Town Literary Festival (ML).  Arlen House publishes his debut collection, Fear Not, with a launch due in Autumn 2017.

Friday 25 August 2017

Bailieborough Poetry Competition

Bailieborough PoetryThis year’s judge is Patrick Chapman

Closing date for entries is Friday September 1st 

First prize of €300 for winning poem.
Each poem must not exceed 50 lines, and should be typed, single-spaced.
The competition is open to anybody who has reached their 18th birthday by the closing date of the competition.
Up to three poems may be submitted per entry. You may submit as many entries as you wish. A fee of €5 per poem or 3 poems for €10 is payable.  

All shortlisted poems will be featured at a reading at Bailieborough Poetry Festival in October 2017, and authors will be invited to attend. If the author is unable to attend the short-listed poem will be read by a LitLab member. The winner will be announced at that reading and will be published on the website.

Thursday 24 August 2017

Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition

Five Words Poetry Competition
At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.