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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.

20 years of Strokestown

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 January 2018.

To celebrate 20 years of the Strokestown Poetry festival, they have a new competition. To mark 20 years, there is a new competition for 20 lines of poetry, based on any of 20 picture prompts – with 20 prizes. The winning entries will be displayed alongside the images during the Festival, from May 3rd – 7th 2018. The poetry competition is available on-line, costs just €3 per poem, and will be judged by poet Noelle Lynskey, who will...

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2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 January 2018.

The prestigious competition, now in its sixth year, is established as a major national literary event. The closing date for entries is February 25, 2018. This year’s judge is acclaimed poet Andrew McMillan. There are some interesting comments on what he is looking for in a poem here. The first prize rises to £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a new, fourth prize of £50. At the judge’s discretion,...

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Submissions for Skylight issue 10

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 December 2017.

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 13 November 2017.

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000, a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork...

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Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 11 November 2017.

Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction Deadline: December 1st 2017. This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category. Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 2nd-4th February for the 6th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend, County Clare will again play host to some of the...

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2017

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 November 2017.

The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize) is now in its seventh year, it continues to offer one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. ABOUT THE PRIZE Since its inception in 2011, the prize has been judged by such celebrated poets as Deborah Landau, Matthew Sweeney and Billy Collins. Winners of the prize have included Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was...

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Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 7 November 2017.

Competition deadline: 30th November 2017 Holland Park Press invite you to write a poem about migration. We’re inviting you to send us poems that deal with the subject of migration. People move to another country for many reasons ranging from loving someone to fleeing from war and persecution. Are you an immigrant, emigrant, refugee, or are any of your friends, relatives or neighbours? How do you react to what you read on social media about migration?...

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Cuirt New Writing Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 November 2017.

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions. The categories are poetry and short stories. There is a €500 cash prize for the winner of each category and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event next April at Cúirt 2018. This year, poet Jane Clarke will judge poetry and one of the founders of Tramp Press, Lisa Coen will judge short stories. The youth strand of the prize...

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Dublin Book Festival

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 17 October 2017.

Dublin Book Festival 2017 is coming up fast (November 2-9th) and they have a variety of poetry-related events this year including Lunchtime Readings: Debut Poetry Collections With Amanda Bell, Brian Kirk and Emma McKervey in conversation with Lisa Frank (Friday 3 November, 1.00pm – 1.45pm) Takin the Mic at DBF With Tory Campbell, Rob Doyle, Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane (Friday 3 November, 7.00pm) Michael O’Loughlin with Dermot Bolger (Saturday 4 November, 2.00pm – 3.00pm) For children...

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Coast to Coast Magazine Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 October 2017.

Issue 3 of Coast to Coast Spring issue is open for submissions Deadline October 22nd Coast to Coast journal is designed and created by writer Maria Isakova Bennett, and edited by herself and poet Michael Brown. an A6 stitched journal, a piece of art work and a poetry publication. Each issue is produced as a limited edition, and will contain the work of twelve poets selected during submission periods. Maria has combined stitch and text to create...

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