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iYeats Poetry Competition 2015 is open for entries

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The iYeats Poetry Competition 2015 is open for entries. This is an annual, online, international poetry competition which has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges. The competition is open to all those 16 years of age and upwards. An overall prize is awarded as well as an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age.

General category: First Prize €500
Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

The iYeats Poetry competition was launched by the Hawk’s Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats. Now in its 7th year running, the Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth through encouraging poets around the world.

iYeats 2015 dates for your diary –

  • Closing date for entries: Wed 1 July, 2015 at 5pm
  • Winners will be notified by: Monday 20 July, 2015
  • Results publicly announced: Late July, during the Yeats International Summer School

Judges for 2015 are Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan.

Roscommon-born, Wicklow resident Jane Clarke combines writing with her work as a management consultant. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. She won the Listowel Writer’s Week Poetry Collection Prize (2014), the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014), Poems for Patience (2013), iYeats (2010) and Listowel Writers Week (2007). Her poems have been published widely, including The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Rialto, The North, Agenda, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, Cyphers. Her first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Dave Lordan is the first writer to win all 3 of Ireland’s national prizes for young poets, the Kavanagh Award, the Strong Award, and the Chair Of Ireland Bursary Award.  He has published 3 acclaimed collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry, including 2014’s Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains. Dave is a renowned performer of his own work and has read by invitation at numerous festivals worldwide. He is also a recognized pioneer in creative writing education and he teaches creative writing at 1st, 2nd and 3rd level, as well as teacher-training in the subject. In 2012 he collaborated with RTE and New Island Press to design and broadcast Ireland’s first ever on-air creative-writing programme New Planet Cabaret. He works on collaborative projects in translation, sound art, drama, performance, and film. He is the editor of the popular and iconoclastic cultural and political website bogmanscannon.com.

Find out more about entering at http://www.hawkswell.com/iyeats/poetry.

I think this is one I will definitely be entering – as soon as I am done with my Leaving Cert.



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