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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.

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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Words By Water competitions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 7 July 2017.

Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water competitions. Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com Deadline: 31st August Short Story Competition Submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. ​Prize: 1st Prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo. ​Fee: Payment of €12 per entry : ​Seem quite a steep entry fee for a small-ish prize​ Poetry Competition Submit...

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Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 July 2017.

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, renowned poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. Download the Entry Form in Word format and the Competition Rules in Word format. Download the Entry Form in PDF and the Competition Rules in PDF. Deadline: Friday 11th August 2017. Red Line Poetry...

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Third Annual Metro Éireann Intercultural Writing Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 July 2017.

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics, invites young writers living in Ireland to submit original works of writing to its third annual intercultural writing competition. Writers between the ages of 14 and 21 – immigrants and non-immigrants – are encouraged to enter submissions that explore the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland. There is no submission fee. Prizes. €3200 will be awarded in three categories during a ceremony...

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The Ogham Stone

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 July 2017.

The Ogham Stone is a Journal of Literature and Arts produced by the MA Students of English & Creative Writing at University of Limerick. The 2018 issue is now accepting submissions of unpublished work from both Irish and international writers and artists. They consider fiction, poetry,  creative non-fiction, and memoir, as well as visual arts/photography. Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 31st August 2017. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All submissions must be emailed to oghamstoneul@gmail.com. Submissions should be attached...

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11 literature mentoring relationships

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 28 June 2017.

Words Ireland is offering 11 literature mentoring relationships in 2017, six of which are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Words Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from experienced and established writer-mentors working in the areas of adult fiction, children’s/YA fiction and/or poetry to undertake the mentoring of writers of promise who are working in the same forms. We are also are...

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Dermot Healy International Poetry Award

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 June 2017.

Once again the 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award will be held in Manorhamilton during the Inaugural ‘The Fierce Moon’ in the Glens Centre which will celebrates the writings of Dermot Healy. This years judge is Vona Groarke who will judge and present the €1000 first prize and trophy on the 15th September in Manorhamilton. Deadline for submissions is 30th July.