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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.

2015 iYeats Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 14 May 2015.

The iYeats Poetry Competition is an annual, online, international poetry competition, open to all those 16 years of age and upwards. They have an overall prize across the board of entries and an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age. PRIZES General category: First Prize €500 Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years) Closing date for entries: Wed 1 July, 2015 at 5pm Judges for 2015 are Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan. – interesting combination, both good poets. I’d love to be a fly on the...

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Hungry Hill Writing Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2015.

Hungry Hill Writing has launched their Wild Atlantic Words poetry competitions. First prizes of €500 in the open competition and €50 in the school students’ competition.  Entries may be on any theme related to coastal landscape or maritime life and heritage.  Judge: Breda Wall Ryan and she will judge entries anonymously. Deadline: 19 July 2015 Each poem must not exceed 40 lines Up to three poems may be submitted per entry A fee of €10 is payable...

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Bard of Armagh – Competition for Humerous Verse

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2015.

Over £3000 in prizes Visit www.bardofarmagh.com The poem should be no more than 650 words and should not exceed 9 minutes performance time. It should be humorous verse, suitable for family audiences and radio broadcast. Entry fee of £2.00 for each poem. Entries should be sent to: Mr John Makem, 34 Fergort Rd, Derrynoose, Co Armagh, N. Ireland. BT60 3DN Deadline: 1st October and competitors will be contacted by mid-October. Finals will take place in...

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Poetry Workshop in Ennistymon

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 May 2015.

As part of Ennistymon Book Fair (30/31st May), on, poet Mark Granier will give a day-long creative writing workshop When?  Saturday 30th of May 10.30am – 4.30pm, with an hour lunch break. Where? Salmon Bookshop,Ennistymon. How much? €40 Limited spaces, booking essential. Contact Jessie@salmonpoetry.com for details

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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