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Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2015 (special categories for young poets)

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Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are proud to announce their fourth joint poetry competition. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Feeling the Heat’. This is a great competition which I entered last year and I was lucky enough to win first prize in the Senior Post-Primary category with my poem The Anarchist. You can read all the winning poems from last year’s competition here.

Background to the competition and this year’s theme

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Pic courtesy of Trócaire

Extreme weather events are having a devastating effect on people in the developing world: destroying families, demolishing homes, ruining livelihoods. The people who contributed least to climate change are those most ‘feeling the heat’ from its effects. This is part of Trócaire’s ‘Climate Justice’ campaign.

Entries are invited from both published and emerging poets, in English and Irish, with special categories for younger entrants and a Spoken Word category for performance poetry. Poets can submit up to three poems each, and entry is free.

Competition rules

1. The competition is open to residents on the island of Ireland only.
2. Entries may be in either Irish or English.
3. The closing date for entries is Friday 13 March 2015.
4. The theme of the competition is ‘feeling the Heat’. only poems on this theme will be shortlisted.
5. Entries are limited to three poems per person.
6. There is no entry fee.
7. Poems must have a title and not exceed 30 lines in length (excluding title).
8. Entries can be electronic or in hardcopy.
9. Hardcopy poems should be printed in black ink on an A4 sheet. However, clear handwritten work will also be accepted.
10. Spoken poetry may also be submitted as mp3 audio files. All audio files must be accompanied by a transcript of the poem.
11. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
12. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, nor have won a prize in another competition.
13. All poems are judged anonymously. Poems will be disqualified if they show name, address or any other identifying mark – all details should be on the entry form.
14. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules.
15. Entries cannot be returned – be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
16. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice.
17. The judges’ decision is final. Neither Poetry Ireland nor Trócaire will enter into any correspondence regarding the final decision or regarding individual entries.

Good luck with your entry. I’m off to polish up some of my poems for this year’s competition.

You can download the entry form from here


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