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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.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2015

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 30 April 2015.

T he Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. The award is now in its 45th year. Deadline Friday 24th July 2015 The entry fee is €25/£25 The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000. The adjudicator is Brian Lynch again. Rules and entry form from the Patrick Kavanagh...

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Patrick Kavanagh Student Poetry Awards 2015

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 23 April 2015.

For Second-level Students Competition is open to second-level students throughout the thirty two Counties of Ireland.Each student may enter one poem, of any length.     The competition will be divided into two sections.         SECTION A – UNDER 15 YEARS (JUNIOR)         SECTION B – 15 YEARS AND OVER (SENIOR)Themes suggested for 2015 but no subject is excluded:       (a)  Childhood – Memories – Growing Up       (b)  Seasons – Environment –Nature       (c)  Home –...

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Prizegiving of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 April 2015.

All four shortlisted poets will be there for the evening of the presentation of this big poetry prize. The shortlist was announced last month. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Disco Jesus and the Wavering Virgins in Berlin, 2011’ by Jude Nutter, ‘Eidolon’ by Lisa Bickmore, ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Elvis’ by Kathryn Simmonds and ‘Saratoga Passage, August 2014’ by Matt Hohner. Details and judge’s comments here.  Irish Writers Centre 23rd April at 7pm. The overall...

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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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