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The Charles Macklin Poetry Prize 2013

Article by Site Editor © 15 August 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

The Charles Macklin Poetry Prize 2013 is open for submissions until August 30.

The poetry competition is part of the programme of the annual Charles Macklin Autumn School which will be held in Culdaff, Inishowen, Co Donegal from 11-13 October. This year the Autumn School is part of the City of Culture literary celebrations.

There are three cash prizes of €200, €100 and €50 as well as three highly commended poems chosen. The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €8/£5 per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like. Entries must be in English, typed, single spaced, no longer than 40 lines (lines containing text) with each entry on a separate sheet. The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem.

Winners will be invited to read their poems during the prize-giving ceremony on Friday 11 October.

Send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to The Charles Macklin Festival along with a cover sheet with your name, contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to:

The Charles Macklin Festival, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co Donegal.

For further information on the poetry competition and The Charles Macklin Autumn School, please visit http://www.charlesmacklin.ie/

Charles Macklin (26 September 1699 – 11 July 1797), was an actor and dramatist who performed extensively at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Macklin revolutionized theatre in the 18th century by introducing a “natural- style” of acting. He is also famous for killing a man in a fight over a wig at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Born in County Donegal in Ulster in the north of Ireland, Macklin became known for his many performances in the tragedy and comedy genre of plays. He gained his greatest fame in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Macklin enjoyed a long career which was often steeped in controversy before dying aged 98.

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