Poets Meet Painters Competition 2024

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Poets meet Painters competition

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Competition deadline: 8th July 2024

Poets meet Painters is a competition by Mill Cove Gallery for original, previously unpublished poems in the English language, inspired by the paintings featured on the website https://www.kenmareartsfestival.com/home in any style up to 30 lines long. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality are eligible to enter.

Closing date for submissions is the 8 July 2024 and the notification of selected poems will be made on or before Monday 29 July 2024. Awards sponsored by Mill Cove Gallery and PFK Kenmare (Gold & Silversmiths)

Prizes: €600 (1st), €300 (2nd), €100 (Highly Commended)

Submission Fees: €10 for 1 or2 poems

Judges: Robert Mohr (principal), Cathy Leonard, John W. Sexton and Eileen Sheehan.


Note: You may pay your entry fee online or by PayPal, Cheque / Postal Orders or by Bank Transfer

Submit your poems online at www.kenmareartsfestival.com/poetsmeetpainters or email your poems with your entry form to: poetsmeetpainters@gmail.com or see 14.

Rules and Privacy Policy

1.  Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication elsewhere (before the due date of results).

2.  Poems should be single space typed and must be no longer than 30 lines (excluding title). Submit your poems online at https://www.kenmareartsfestival.com/poetsmeetpainters or in the body of an email or as an attachment (word document) to poetsmeetpainters@gmail.com or see 14.

3. Up to 2 poems may be entered on payment of €10 online, or by credit card, cheque or postal order in euro only, made payable to Mill Cove Gallery

4. Please try and submit your poems online at https://www.kenmareartsfestival.com/poetsmeetpainters or by email. If you wish to submit by post then each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author. (See 14)

5. The author’s name and address should be provided on the Entry Form above

6. The winners and commended writers will be notified by e-mail or text

7. Winning and commended poems will be read at the Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, and will be published in a printed anthology.

8. The Results will be published on www.millcovegallery.com and www.kenmareartsfestival.com/home

9. Poems cannot be returned, please do not send your only copy.

10.  By entering this competition, you provide information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection acts.

11.  By entering this competition, you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or telephone with the results of the competition.

12.  Copyright in poems remains with the authors. Submission of an entry licenses Mill Cove Gallery to publish the entry in book form and online, and to read it at a public presentation, in connection with this and other competitions.

13.  Entries will be anonymised before submission for judging. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence can be entered into.

14.  Postal entries should be sent to: Poets meet Painters, Mill Cove Gallery, 21 Main Street, Kenmare, Co Kerry V93 X4DX.

Online entries should be sent to: poetsmeetpainters@gmail.com

15.  The submission of poems for Poets meet Painters will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.

16. Mill Cove Gallery reserves the right to disqualify entries which are reasonably deemed libellous or otherwise actionable under civil or criminal law. In such cases entry fees will not be refunded.

The Judges

Robert Mohr, Ph.D., lives in Dublin and specializes in Anglo-Irish literature and American poetry. His Ph.D. from University College Dublin, focused on the intersection of W.B. Yeats and James Hillman’s works. Prior to this, he completed his M.A. in English and American Literature at San Francisco State University in 1982, exploring Theodore Roethke’s poetry for his thesis. He also holds a Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of California at Berkeley. He has contributed significantly to writing education with his publication How to Write: Tools for the Craft. He was involved with establishing the Open Window Gallery in Rathmines in 2014.

Cathy Leonard has been writing and teaching for over thirty years. She has published poetry, short stories, and children’s stories and has been shortlisted for several awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Competition. Her poetry was published in The Works, The Cork Literary Review and Poets meet Painters Anthologies 2011- 2014. Runner up in the Fish Flash Fiction Award 2013 and in Sceine, Kenmare Poetry Festival Competition 2014, Cathy has just completed her second novel.

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and identifies with the Aisling poetic tradition. His work spans vision poetry, contemporary fabulism and tangential surrealism. He is the author of seven poetry collections, the most recent being: The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry 2013), Futures Pass (Salmon Poetry 2018), and Visions at Templeglantine (Revival Press 2020). A chapbook of his surrealist poetry, Inverted Night, came out from SurVision in April 2019. His next collection, The World Under the World, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl was awarded the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007 for best single poem. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney. One of the poems from her most recent collection, The Narrow Way of Souls (Salmon Poetry), featured on the Leaving Certificate English Syllabus 2019 – 2022. Anthology publications include TEXT: A Transition Year English Reader; Blackjack, with translations by Oana Lungu; Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland and The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem. A selection of her work appears on Poetry International Web with an introductory essay by Paul Casey. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad and was Bealtaine Writer in Residence at The Seanchaí Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel.

Results: Selected (10-14) poems will receive first publication in the anthology Poets meet Painters 2024 and will be read at the Carnegie Arts Centre.

Poets meet Painters competition
 Dates to remember
1.Submit fee, form, and poems by 5 pm by Monday 8 July 2024
2.Notification of selection on or before Monday 29 July 2024
3.Publication of poetry anthology – Poets meet painters 2024
4.Presentation of awards at the Carnegie Arts Centre (date to be confirmed)
5.Selected readings of awarded poems at the Carnegie Arts (date to be confirmed)

All enquires to poetsmeetpainters@gmail.com

See here for further information and to enter.

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