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A blog by Kate Dempsey

KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.

You can follow Kate online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2019.

7th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, 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 2020 and a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner,...

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iYeats International Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2019.

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 is now open for entries! Hosted by Hawk’s Well Theatre since 2009, the annual event has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants, and judges. The competition is open to all those who are sixteen years of age and upwards, with an prize of €500 for the winner of the General Category, and €300 is awarded to the winner of the Emerging Category for those aged between 16-25 years of...

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Padraic Colum International Gathering – Adult Poetry Competition 2019

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 March 2019.

Prizes for this year’s Adult Poetry Competition are: 1st prize €250, 2nd prize €75 and 3rd prize €50. Winners will be announced at our Padraic Colum Commemorative Concert on Friday, May 17th – all welcome!    

haiku/senryu writing competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 March 2019.

To celebrate Poetry Day in Ireland, Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Beara, West Cork, Ireland (www.anamcararetreat.com), is organising and sponsoring a haiku/senryu writing competition. We are looking forward to your joining the celebration with your entry. Please submit up to three previously unpublished and original haiku (nature based) and/or senryu (human nature based) to Poetry Day Competition at anamcararetreat@gmail.com. The Subject Line must read ‘Poetry Day Competition’. Please include contact details only on your cover email;...

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Bangor Literary Journal Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 February 2019.

Submissions open for Bangor Literary Journal Deadline Midnight 31st March Poetry Please email your submissions to thebangorliteraryjournal@hotmail.com with the heading (SUBMISSIONS-Name-POETRY- 8th ISSUE) Submit a maximum of two previously unpublished poems (We consider it published if it has appeared on: social media, online or in print) no longer than 40 lines long. Flash Fiction Submissions: Please email your submissions to thebangorliteraryjournal@hotmail.com with the heading (SUBMISSIONS-Name-FLASH FICTION-8th ISSUE) Submit a maximum of two previously unpublished pieces of flash fiction (We consider...

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Poems For Patience

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 February 2019.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its annual poetry competition. The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems For Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature which runs from April 8th – 14th in Galway. Deadline: Friday February 22nd.  The prize as part of the annual poetry competition includes: the winner will have his/her poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway...

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Strokestown International poetry Competition 2019

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 October 2018.

  The Deadline for the annual Strokestown Poetry Festival competition is fast approaching. Get your entries in soon and make it a good one! 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 7 shortlisted poets Deadline: 7th December 2018 The 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Strokestown Anthology 2019 Judges: Jo Shapcott &...

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Padraic Colum Gathering Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 23 July 2018.

Poetry Divas at Inaugural Meadery Sessions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 20 July 2018.

As part of the Kinsale Arts Weekend, the Poetry Divas will be bringing their poetry to the inaugural Meadery Sessions in Kinsale Mead Co. And there will be some super music two from Clonakilty musician and singer Chris Hayes. An evening of local music, poetry and mead, as part of the Kinsale Arts Weekend. Hosted by Kinsale Mead Co, this is the first in-house event and is sure to be a celebration of talent from...

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Poetry Divas at the West Cork Literary Festival

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 15 July 2018.

Poetry Divas bring their poems to the West Cork Literary Festival on Monday in the wonderful Organico café. Blurring the wobbly boundary between page and stage. An afternoon of poetry and mead with the Poetry Divas. The Poetry Divas are a glittery collective of women poets who read their own poetry tailored to the event and audience. They promise a deliciously infectious show that’s bound to touch a nerve and blur the wobbly boundary between page and...

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