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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.

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 1 October 2017.

The Annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize Judged by Imtiaz Dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 plus, with thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house, 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne quickest turnaround – just 5 weeks from deadline...

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Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018 

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 September 2017.

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018 Deadline: 1st December 17 Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems...

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Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 September 2017.

Trophy and Cash Prizes 1st Prize is the Ledwidge plaque (a keepsake) inscribed with the winner’s name & cash prize. Cash prizes and books for Second and Third and merit certificates for finalists. The first 3 poems will be entered in the Forward Prize UK In addition, the winner will be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2018 Rules : Poems must be the competitor’s own...

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Hanna Greally International Literary Awards

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 29 August 2017.

Deadline: 10th October  The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards happen in conjunction with SiarScéal Festival, held in Roscommon every year since its inception in 2007. This year’s 10th anniversary festival takes place over two days: Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October at Roscommon County Library in Roscommon Town, from 10am to 4.30pm on each day. The full programme of events has been announced and is posted online (also available to download in handy brochure format). Winners in...

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Cold Coffee Cup Spoken Word

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 28 August 2017.

Westport Arts Festival 2017 are running a spoken word segment, open for submissions and open to both emerging and established creators and performers. Since its launch this past April, Cold Coffee Stand has showcased new work by poets and authors both Irish and international. http://www.westportartsfestival.com/spoken-word Guidelines Submissions should run no more than 10 minutes of performance time per piece. Performers can submit up to three entries. The Cold Coffee selection panel and guest judge Roberta Beary (Modern Haiku)...

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Cill Rialaig Project residency

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 August 2017.

The deadline for the next selection precession is 15 September. Cill Rialaig Project invite applications for residency awards at their artist retreat on Bolus Head, near Ballinskelligs, County Kerry. Selection panel sits twice yearly. Please email Mary O’Connor at cillriakaigarts@gmail.com for official application pack. www.facebook.com/CillRialaigArtsCentre/

AT The Edge, Cavan

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 August 2017.

Tuesday 29 August 2017, 6.30pm Johnston Library, Cavan Another super night for the lucky people in Cavan or close by. Get to the library! AT The Edge, Cavan on Tuesday 29 August, 6.30pm in the Johnston Library. There will be an open mic following the readings. All welcome. Organised by Kate Ennals. AT the Edge, Cavan, funded by Cavan Arts Office, curates three literary evenings a year. Three poets or writers are invited to come...

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Bailieborough Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 August 2017.

This year’s judge is Patrick Chapman Closing date for entries is Friday September 1st  First prize of €300 for winning poem. Each poem must not exceed 50 lines, and should be typed, single-spaced. The competition is open to anybody who has reached their 18th birthday by the closing date of the competition. Up to three poems may be submitted per entry. You may submit as many entries as you wish. A fee of €5 per poem or 3 poems for...

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Five Words Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 24 August 2017.

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in...

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Skylight 47 Issue 9 Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 July 2017.

The Galway based magazine goes from strength to strength. Call for submissions now for Issue 9. Our next issue will be launched in Autumn 2017. Deadline midnight 1 August. Please send up to three poems, along with a short biographical note (max 60 words), to skylightpoets47@gmail.com. Work should be unpublished. Poems to be no longer than 40 lines. Please send your poems both as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf) and in the body...

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