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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.

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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The North – Irish Issue

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 May 2018.

The North – Irish Issue Deadline: 30 Jul 2018 Issue 61 of The North, to be published in December 2018, will be a special Irish issue, edited by poets Jane Clarke and Nessa O’Mahony. It will focus on work by poets living on the island of Ireland, or who are from Ireland but living elsewhere. There is no set theme for submissions, but the editors are interested in contemporary poems reflecting the cultural diversity of life in...

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Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 24 May 2018.

Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the second Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite, is now open for entries. It is part of our mission to promote a socialist approach to culture. The purpose of the Award is to create new opportunities for working class people to write poetry, and encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities. Submission Guidelines and Award Rules 1. You may enter...

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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 May 2018.

Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry. 1st Prize: €1,000; 2nd Prize :€500 The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival (March 27th-30th, 2019) (www.corkpoetryfest.net) The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a debutant poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously...

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McLellan Poetry Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 May 2018.

Part of the McLellan Festival 31st August – 9th September 2018 This year’s judge is Sinéad Morrissey.  1st prize £1500     2nd prize £300     3rd prize £150 6 commendations of £25 The competition closing date is 21st June 2018 Fee £6 for the first poem and £5 for each subsequent poem submitted on the same form. Poems should be of no more than 80 lines (excluding title), in English and your own original work (no translations). Link...

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Bridport Prizes

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 20 May 2018.

This is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar. Do you have a really good poem or short story? Or a few? I mean, really REALLY good? poem – no more than 42 lines short story – no more than 5,000 words.    flash fiction category – stories of up to 250 words  First Novel – 5,000 to 8,000 words This year’s judges are Daljit Nagra, & (poems) Monica Ali (flash fiction...

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Sand Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 May 2018.

Mslexia submissions on the theme of cooking

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 16 May 2018.

Note: Open to women writers only. Themed Writing Twice annually we ask for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors (in the past they have included Julia Blackburn, Nicci Gerrard, Pascale Petit, Rachel Cusk and Sarah Dunant) and are published in the magazine. We also make a small payment for most submissions we publish. We look for stories of up...

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