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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.

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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Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2018.

Alternating Current Press At the intersection of science and poetry, strange things happen. There exists such a bizarre human experience and shared understanding, that we can’t help but admire and celebrate it. That’s what we’re hoping to achieve with this anthology. We want your poetry, prose poems, and hybrid work (that leans toward poetry) for an anthology of poetry about scientists. We are looking for the fundamentals of those scientists, a feeling, an atmosphere, something...

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Welsh Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 10 May 2018.

The 2018 competition is now open and accepting entries.   Prize money 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250 3rd Prize – £100   plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries. Judge – Sally Spedding. Deadline: Sunday 27th May 2018 Each poem must be no more than 50 lines in length, excluding titles. £5 per poem (£6 PayPal). Entries must be in English, not previously published in any form (including appearing on the Internet). All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously so...

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Frogmore Papers Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 May 2018.

The people at Frogmore Press make it difficult to enter – post only, UK cheque – so I suspect the entry numbers will be lower …so a greater chance of success! The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets...

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Iota Submissions Call

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 May 2018.

In the next issue, IOTA will explore work and play. Send your take on this theme. Be as oblique as you like (and they like oblique…) They are looking for short stories, poems, life writing, memoir, travel writing, food writing and more. These forms can be combined, played with, deconstructed and all can be completely fictive – they only ask that your writing is bold and original. To quote Emily Dickinson, “tell us all the...

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Edgeworthtown Society Competitions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 February 2018.

Poetry Competition Up to 5 entries at €5 each 1st Prize – €250 2nd Prize – €100 3rd Prize – €50 40 lines per poem limit. Short Story Competition. Entry €5 1st Prize – €250 & Deirdre Purcell Perpetual Cup 2nd Prize – €100 3rd Prize – €50 2,000 words max. Deadline: 9th March Link to enter here