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Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

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Article by Kate Dempsey © 13 November 2017.
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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 International Poetry FestivalAt the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner.

There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.

The final date for receipt of entries is November 30, 2017. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.

Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival. We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up-to-date with all competition developments directly.

The 2018 Judge: Patrick Cotter

 The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.

Fee €5 per poem. 5th poem free.

Link to guidelines and entry


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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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