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Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award

Article by Kate Dempsey © 4 September 2017.
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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 work not previously published or broadcast.

Poems should not exceed 40 lines of type

Entry fee: €5 per poem

Max. 6 poems payable to the Inchicore Ledwidge Society

Name and address and telephone number on a separate sheet.

S.A.E. or Email address for winners list. Poems will not be returned.

All entries must be submitted before 5th November 2017 to:

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2017,

C/o 20, Emmet Crescent.

Inchicore, Dublin 8

Winners will be notified and results will be announced at the annual awards night

Check out the Facebook page: Inchicore Ledwidge Society


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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.

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