Here's one with a closing date that is approaching really fast with a deadline for submissions of Friday the 17th of March. There are two adult categories of published and unpublished and post-primary and primary categories for schoolchildren. The theme of this year's competition is, "Before the Storm" which explores how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change. The judges for this year's competition are poet and former competition-winner Jane Clark, Aidan Cliffford, the former director of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board's Curriculum Development Unit, and Trócaire's Trish Groves.
You can enter by post or online and forms can be downloaded from the site. For postal entries send to: Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square Dublin 1.
This competition is free to enter so if you have anything that you think might be suitable, why not! The winning poems are published in booklet form and distributed to arts festivals and community events, and through schools and poetry readings. Winners and runners up are invited to read at the lunchtime awards ceremony at the National Library of Ireland.
The prizes are interesting in that they include a two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig OR a Tablet OR time in a recording studio to the value of €300, plus subscription to Poetry Ireland Review for one year OR assessment of work through Poetry Ireland's Assessment Service. Runners up get tickets to a literary festival to the value of €250, OR the subscription service or assessment above. In the schools categories the winner gets a Kindle Fire plus a visit by an author to the school with the runners up getting a book token and also a visit by an author. The winners will be notified not later than the 8th of May 2017 with the awards ceremony in late May at the National Library of Ireland
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* Be sure to check out all the details on the Poetry Ireland website. Link to the right!!