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Waterford Poetry Prize

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Article by Kate Dempsey © 18 June 2018.
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The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.

It is a condition of entry that prize winners will attend the announcement of the winning poems at a Festival event at the Waterford Writers Weekend on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 in Waterford city. Accommodation will be provided for the prize winners in a 4 star city hotel.  A line limit of 40 lines applies

There is no entry fee. 

No more than one entry should be submitted by any individual.

Deadline 4th August 

First prize is  €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019 (This prize valued 500 is non transferable and no cash alternative will be awarded in lieu).

Second prize €300                     Third prize €200.

The judge for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018 is the poet Grace Wells.

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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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