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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.

Penny Dreadful Magazine open for Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 15 April 2015.

Submissions for Issue 6 are now open and will remain so till midnight on May 10th. We will accept the following: Stories = Up to 2 of up to 3000 words each. Poetry = Up to 6, any length. (Note: Please include all submitted poems in the same file, or they may not be considered for publication) Bio = Please include a short bio (100 words max) and any internet website linking things which are suitable for good, Christian eye-balls....

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Junefest Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 April 2015.

The competition is open to people living or working in Kildare, from Kildare or attending a writing group in Kildare. Any genre will be acceptable. Prose to be no more than 750 words and poetry no more than 40 lines. Deadline: Tuesday 5th May 2015   5 euro fee per entry to cover costs.   Two entries €8. Cheques payable to: Junefest Newbridge Limited to two entries per person. Entries can be posted or dropped in to...

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Mslexia Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 April 2015.

This year the Mslexia Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned poet and critic Deryn Rees-Jones, and the first prize is £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, and a mentoring afternoon with the editor of The Poetry Review. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2015 issue of Mslexia. Plus they’re once...

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Writer in Residence in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 31 March 2015.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the period June 2015 to May 2016. This writer in residence is managed by dlr Arts Office and is grant-aided by the Arts Council. The residency is open to writers working in any genre (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, script-writing, etc).The residency this year will focus on the theme of The History of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this...

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The University of Canberra international poetry prize.

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 24 March 2015.

The University of Canberra international poetry prize. Deadline:  29 May 2015 The winner will receive AUD$15,000 (that’s over €10,000) The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed Terms and Conditions Single poem, maximum length of 50 lines (not including the poem’s title, any short epigraph, blank lines, numbered sections, etc.) and be no more than 1,000 words in total. Fee: AUD$20 Tertiary (university) students may enter at AUD$10 per poem Entries may be...

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Fool For Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 23 March 2015.

Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition now open for submissions to writers around the world! Competition hosted by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland. Deadline 31 May 2015 TWO winners to receive: manuscript publication,  50 free copies  €500 cash Forward Prize nomination  consideration for Cork Spring Poetry Festival reading in 2016.  At least one of the winners will be a debutante publication. 25 – 50 more will receive commendations. Entrance fee €25 Judges: The winners...

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Poetry Now / Mountains to Sea Festival

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 March 2015.

Mountains to Sea festival starts today in Dun Laoghaire. There’s lots going on and there information and booking online here. My selected highlights/recommendations: WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2015 8.30 Paul Durcan Pavilion Theatre. THURSDAY 19TH MARCH 2015 4pm How to Write an Awesome (and Not at all Geeky) Book Pavilion Theatre FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2015 11am Brave New World. Teenager writing showcase with Colm Keegan dlr LexIcon, The Studio 1pm Alice Lyons, the director of Poetry Now...

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bursary restricted to under 35’s

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 17 March 2015.

Not everyone has the luxury of putting their life on hold to write. Poetry doesn’t pay. Not many poets are independently wealthy and even poets have to eat. Many exceptionally good poets don’t start writing until they are a good way into adulthood, even retired. And yet…here’s a bursary restricted to under 35’s. Poetry Ireland should know better. Poetry Ireland, in association with Cúirt, is delighted to offer an emerging younger poet the opportunity to...

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Doolin Writers’ Weekend

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 March 2015.

Doolin Writers’ Weekend takes place at Hotel Doolin from the 27th – 29th March 2015. There will be readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Madeleine D’Arcy, Anthony Glavin, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press, a photo exhibition by Hanne T. Fisker, a craft market all weekend in the Marquee and a plethora of local trad musicians,...

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Submissions for Incubator magazine

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 1 March 2015.

Submissions Opening The reading period for issue 5 opens on 1 March and closes at the end of the month. This time they are seeking flash fiction, short stories and memoir. They love the contemporary Irish short story by writers born in, living in or with links to NI and Ireland. All details can be found on their submissions page. www.theincubatorjournal.comDeadline: 31st March 2015 Launch of Issue 4 It’s almost time to launch the new issue. We...

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