Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dublin Book Festival 2017

Dublin Book Festival 2017 is coming up fast (November 2-9th) and they have a variety of poetry-related events this year including

With Amanda Bell, Brian Kirk and Emma McKervey in conversation with Lisa Frank (Friday 3 November, 1.00pm – 1.45pm)

With Tory Campbell, Rob Doyle, Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane (Friday 3 November, 7.00pm)

(Saturday 4 November, 2.00pm – 3.00pm)

For children there is:


With Lucinda Jacob and Lauren O’Neill (Sunday 4 November, 12.00pm – 12.45pm)

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Coast to Coast Magazine Submissions

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Issue 3 of Coast to Coast Spring issue is open for submissions

Deadline October 22nd

Coast to Coast journal is designed and created by writer Maria Isakova Bennett, and edited by herself and poet Michael Brown. an A6 stitched journal, a piece of art work and a poetry publication. Each issue is produced as a limited edition, and will contain the work of twelve poets selected during submission periods. 
Maria has combined stitch and text to create a journal which is different to conventional poetry journals and magazines that you subscribe to, resulting in a publication which is a small piece of art in itself.

Email, up to 3 poems of no more than 24 lines both as a doc and in the body of the email to Coast2journal@gmail.com Include a 50 word max bio and address for your copy.

All poets will hear the outcome of their work by November 6th.

Issue 2 of to Coast to Coast to Coast includes a wonderful list of poets. More info here 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

At The Edge

AT The Edge, Cavan
Cavan Literary Night
Tuesday 24 October 6.30pm Johnston Library

The Autumn AT The Edge, Cavan arrives at the Johnston Library on Tuesday 24th October with a reading from three poets.
Afric McGlinchey
Brian Kirk
Maíréad Donnellan
Musical Interlude - Elena Duff

Afric McGlinchey was born in Galway, and raised in Zambia and Zimbabwe. She was awarded the 2010 Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award. Her début collection, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things was based on her peripatetic upbringing in Africa and Ireland, published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. She is currently working on her second volume
Brian Kirk is an award winning poet and short story writer from Clondlakin in Dublin. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His poetry has been nominated for the Forward Prize and Pushcart Prize.
Maíréad Donnellan is member of Lit lab writers’ group. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and magazines and she has been shortlisted in national poetry competitions including Cúirt new writing prize and Doire Press chapbook competition

Following the Readings, will be an ‘Open Mic’ session at which everybody is welcome. Please register with Kate on the night.
AT the Edge Cavan is supported by the Cavan County Council Arts Office.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Troubadour Poetry Prize

Judged by Imtiaz Dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts
Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
plus, with thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house,
  • 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review
  • 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation)
  • 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review
  • 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto
  • £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher
  • bottle of troubadour champagne 
  • quickest turnaround - just 5 weeks from deadline (Oct 16th) to contacting winners (Nov 20th, a week before prizegiving), tying up your poems for the shortest possible time
  • fairest judging - our judges read all poems submitted, no sifters, no shortlisters
  • read at the Troubadour - the chance to read alongside Imtiaz Dharker, Michael Symmons Roberts & 2017 prize-winners at our Poetry Prize Celebration (Nov 27th), a gala event with music from classical duo, Aisling & Julie-Anne Manning
  • winning poems are forwarded to prestigious Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018 (see Forward Prizes)

Fees: Entries must be accompanied by fees of £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission 

Enter by e-mail or post, full details on website, by Mon 16th October

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 https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/

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