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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.

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

Poetry on the Lake

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 17 February 2018.

Deadline: 15th April 2018 (last postmark or 24.00 email) 3 categories: Silver Wyvern (all forms, max 42 lines); Adjudicator Fred Johnston Short poems (max.10 lines); Adjudicator Kevin Bailey Formal (max 40 lines) Adjudicator Kevin Bailey Theme for Silver Wyvern: Cinema– may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme. No set theme for Short & Formal categories. Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500. 2nd – €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories:...

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Bristol Poetry Prize

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 6 January 2018.

This competition is one of the longer poem competitions, up to 100 lines. 1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2018 2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize: £100 Open theme Line restriction: 100 lines. Judge: Helen Ivory (All poems will be seen by Helen Ivory) Entry fee: £6.00 per poem Deadline for entries: Midnight (GMT) Saturday 31st March 2018 Info link here

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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