Competition deadline: 31st December 2019
About the Prize
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.
The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020.
The overall winner will receive €10,000, while the three other shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000.
The prize is judged blind by a single poet. Past judges include Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Jacob Polley, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.
Past winners include Jude Nutter, Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray and Abigail Parry.
This year’s judge is Claudia Rankine. Rankine’s numerous awards and honours include the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her ollection Citizen was also the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. In 2005, she was awarded the Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.
1st prize €10,000
3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
There is no line limit. The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can enter as many poems as you like.
Terms and Conditions
Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 December 2019.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem.
It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.
You can write on any subject and there is no line limit.
Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published
online or broadcast.
You can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of €15 per poem).
Entry fee is €15 per poem (which includes 23% VAT)
Online payment should be made to email@example.com via PayPal.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and
address on the back.
We can only accept postal orders from Ireland.
Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).
Receipt of entry
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of
receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas), or an email address.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to
publish the winning poems in the March 2020 issue and any relevant promotional material.
This year’s judge is Claudia Rankine. The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
The shortlisted writers will be notified by the end of February 2020.
The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth.
The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020 (Poetry Day
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in
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