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The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

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Ben Simmons

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The Munster Literature Centre is happy to announce that the 2021 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition is open for entries.

The judge of the competition is the preeminent the Irish poet, Thomas McCarthy. If you’re interested in reading a great interview with this sage wordsmith you can get follow this link.

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but should your work be accepted elsewhere, you must notify the Munster Literature Centre.

Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize
€2,000
Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (Spring 2022)
Publication in Southword

2nd Prize
€500
Publication in Southword

3rd Prize
€250
Publication in Southword

Ten runners-up
€50
Publication in Southword

Deadline: 30th November, 2021 (midnight). Entries are accepted from 1st September.

Cost of entry: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems, please make more than one entry.

For more in formation and guidance please click here.

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