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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.

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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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/