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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.

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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James Tate Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 June 2018.

International Poetry Chapbook Contest 2018 Deadline: Friday 31st August 2018, midnight. SurVision Magazine (http://survisionmagazine.com) hosts the chapbook contest open to new, emerging and established poets from any country writing in English. We prefer innovative, experimental, surrealistic poetry to mainstream. To learn more about our preferences in poetry, please read SurVision Magazine. Prizes: 1st Prize: €200; 2nd Prize: €100. Both winners of the James Tate Prize will win a chapbook publication and 20 complimentary copies. We will also arrange the...

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Brexit in Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 20 June 2018.

We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. We’re not interested in whether you are for or against leaving the EU but it’s about how you’ve put the poem together: your use of language, rhythm, sound, imagery, etc. We want to be touched, inspired or even frustrated by your poem. The actual word Brexit does not have to appear, but the poem needs to be inspired by Brexit,...

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Seashores Haiku Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 June 2018.

The Fishing Cat Press is pleased to announce the launch of seashores an international journal to share the spirit of haiku. The objective of seashores is to share haiku from all over the world and explore how the way and the spirit of haiku, with its power to connect us to nature and our world can play a role in poetry and our lives in general. Editorial team: Paul Chambers (www.paulchambershaiku.com) and Gilles Fabre (Haiku Spirit) with...

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Waterford Poetry Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 June 2018.

The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire. It is a condition of entry that prize winners will attend the announcement of the winning poems at a Festival event at the Waterford Writers Weekend on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 in Waterford city. Accommodation will...

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Wigtown Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 28 May 2018.

The competition closes on 8 June, with a prize-giving at Wigtown Book Festival (21-30 September 2018).

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 27 May 2018.

This is the 12th year of the Competition, which is widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year. From the entries received about 35 poems are chosen for the long list and these are published in an anthology; copies are available from the Festival Office.  A shortlist of poems is then selected and from these the winners are chosen. The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of...

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