Thursday 28 September 2017

Strokestown Poetry Competition

Strokestown Poetry
Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018 

Deadline: 1st December 17

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 

1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 
2nd Prize € 700. 
3rd Prize € 500. 
Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. 
The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. 

Judges: Moya Cannon and Harry Clifton. 
Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.

Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

Contact: For further details visit

Tuesday 26 September 2017

2018 dlr Arts Grants Scheme

image of Rave at Close of Day by Jenny Moran featuring the bandstand on Dun Laoghaire Pier

The 2018 dlr Arts Grants Scheme is now open. dlr Arts Office runs an annual grant scheme through which grants are available to provide financial assistance to individual artists, arts groups and arts organisations engaged in arts projects or events at local or county level and to support the professional development and arts practice of individual artists, arts groups and organisations.  There are also Arts Access Grants which are specifically for older persons groups and youth services.

Closing date for all applications: Friday 13 October 2017

Details here 

To view guidelines click here and to download an application form click here for Arts grants and here for Arts Access grants.  

Thursday 7 September 2017

Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award

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Trophy and Cash Prizes

1st Prize is the Ledwidge plaque (a keepsake) inscribed with the winner’s name & cash prize.
Cash prizes and books for Second and Third and merit certificates for finalists.

The first 3 poems will be entered in the Forward Prize UK
In addition, the winner will be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2018

Rules :
Poems must be the competitor’s own work not previously published or broadcast.
Poems should not exceed 40 lines of type
Entry fee: €5 per poem
Max. 6 poems payable to the Inchicore Ledwidge Society
Name and address and telephone number on a separate sheet.
S.A.E. or Email address for winners list. Poems will not be returned.
All entries must be submitted before 5th November 2017 to:
The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2017,
C/o 20, Emmet Crescent.
Inchicore, Dublin 8

Winners will be notified and results will be announced at the annual awards night
Check out the Facebook page: Inchicore Ledwidge Society

Friday 1 September 2017

Cill Rialaig residency submissions

The deadline for the next selection precession is 15 September.

Cill Rialaig Project invite applications for residency awards at their artist retreat on Bolus Head, near Ballinskelligs, County Kerry.

Selection panel sits twice yearly.

Please email Mary O’Connor at for official application pack.