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Competition: The Moth Poetry Prize 2017

Article by writingie © 6 October 2017 Writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Submissions Deadline: 31st December 2017

The publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, are delighted to introduce the newly named The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize). Now in its seventh year, it continues to offer one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.

Since its inception in 2011, the prize has been judged by such celebrated poets as Deborah Landau, Matthew Sweeney and Billy Collins.
Winners of the prize have included Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2015.
The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra. Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry and its title poem. He recently published his third collection of poetry with Faber, British Museum, and teaches poetry at Brunel University London and is Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4.
Terms and Conditions

   Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 December 2017.
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 €12 per poem).


    Entry fee is €12 per poem 
    Online payment should be made to enquiries@themothmagazine.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

    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).

    Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.

    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 2018 issue and any relevant promotional material.
    The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
    1st €10,000
    3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
    The shortlisted writers will be notified by the end of February 2018.
    The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth.
    The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2018.
     Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.
Print entry form available here, fill in and then post with fee and entry to:
    The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
    c/o The Moth
    Ardan Grange
    Co. Cavan
Enter online here
    Good luck!

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