The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2023
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT SAT 18th MARCH 2023
The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition was inaugurated in 2012 by the late Barney Sheehan – poetry impresario of the White House Poetry Revival – in honour of Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady. The Limerick Writers’ Centre revived the competition as part of our April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. The prize winner of this year’s competition will be announced during April 2023 and will be invited to give a reading of his/her work during the 2024 festival.
First Prize 200.00 Euro
Runner-Up Prize 50.00 Euro
Entry is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of email@example.com https://www.paypal.com/ie/home
Enter by post to
Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell St., Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre).
Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
All entries must be received before midnight SAT 18th March 2023.
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem 3.50 Euro
3 Poems 5.50 Euro
(A maximum of three poems per entry is allowed)
Competition Judge; Eleanor Hooker
ELEANOR HOOKER is an Irish poet and writer. Her third poetry collection Of Ochre and Ash (Dedalus Press) is the recipient of the 2022 Michael Hartnett Award. Her other two collections with the Dedalus Press are A Tug of Blue and her debut The Shadow Owner’s Companion, which was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for the Best First Irish Collection. Her chapbook Legion (Bonnefant Press, Netherlands) was published in 2021. A 2021 recipient of the Markievicz Award, her poetry book for that award, Where Memory Lies, is due for publication by Bonnefant Press in 2023. Eleanor’s poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, UK, USA, Holland, Romania, Hungary, India, Australia and Italy (forthcoming). Her work has appeared in literary journals including Poetry Ireland Review, POETRY, Poetry Review, PN Review, Agenda, The North, The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, New Hibernia Review, New England Review (forthcoming), Archipelago (forthcoming). Eleanor is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. She holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University. Eleanor is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS). She’s a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. She began her career as an Intensive Care Nurse and trained as a midwife at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Website eleanorhooker.com
Poems, can be in either Irish or English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style.
There are no restrictions on content.
International entries are welcome.
All poems must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition. They must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, broadcast, or have won another competition at any time.
All entries will be considered anonymously by the judge so poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to substitute an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet.
There is a recommended length of not more than 40 lines but we are open to receiving longer poems if the subject matter justifies it.
Poems can be entered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org putting “Desmond O’Grady Competition 2023” in the subject box and paying the appropriate fee through PAY PAL in Euros.
Enter by post to Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre). Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
All entries will be acknowledged by email only.
Closing Date for all entries is midnight on Saturday 18th March 2023.
We cannot accept alterations to the poem(s) once it has been submitted.
Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.
Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish the winning poem on our website or print books for one year from date of announcement of winning poem.
The organisers reserve the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
HOW TO ENTER (Email);
1. Pay the appropriate fee to PayPal account address is: email@example.com and obtain the PayPal transaction code. https://www.paypal.com/ie/home
2. Send your entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line please state “Desmond O’Grady Competition 2023”
In the body of the email please state;
Your email address
PayPal transaction code
Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,
No other file types will be opened. (No PDFs)
HOW TO ENTER (Post);
Post to Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre). Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
ALL POEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2023
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