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Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition 2020/2021

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Kate Dempsey

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Competition deadline: 26th January 2021

The 2020/2021 (8th) competition will run for 41 weeks.

Every Tuesday around noon (UTC), from the 14th of April 2020 until the 26th of January 2021, five words will be posted on this competition page. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week.
Prize

A prize of 750 euros will be awarded to the winner, plus 500 euros for second place and 250 euros for third place. These three, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s fourteenth anniversary event, on Monday the 12th of April 2021. An additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this. The overall winner also receives a physical award, hand-crafted by acclaimed glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray.

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol XIV – the next annual anthology of five word poems, to be launched at the same event. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced by the first week of March 2021.

The 2020/21 judge is Grace Wells.

The five words offered each week for the 8th Five Words competition (2020-21) are sourced from Ó Bhéal’s eighth year of live Monday evening Five Word Challenges (held during 2014-15). A small, varied selection of additional words are also used due to deletion of duplicates, colloquialisms, etc.

Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact within your syntax, you’re welcome to pluralise, join or even split the word to form two adjoining words. Poems should be newly written, during the relevant 7-day period. There is no limit to quantity of entries, although each payment and submission should be made separately.

See here for further details.

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