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North West Words Launch Two Poetry Competitions in association with Donegal Creameries and Ealain na Gaeltachta teo


From left to right: Nick Griffiths, Rita Harmon, Ann Marie Gallagher (all representing North West Words), and Bried Lindsay and Gary O’Donnell (Donegal Creameries /Aurivo)

North West Words has launched its 2016 English language adult Poetry Competition sponsored by Donegal Creameries. This competition is now in its fifth year and is open to original and previously unpublished poems in English. The prize is €250 and a perpetual cup (also donated by Donegal Creameries). The 2016 English Poetry competition will be judged by Kate Newman from Summer Palace Press.

This year’s competition again features a category for best Irish Language poem. North West Words believes it is important to recognise the wealth of contemporary Irish language poetry in the country. The group, partnered with Ealaín na Gaeltachta (the body responsible for the development of the Arts in the Gaeltacht regions), have combined for a second year to develop an Irish language competition that champions new poetry written in Irish. The competition has the same format as its English language counterpart with a prize of €250 to be awarded to the entrant who composes the best poem as Gaeilge. The winner will also receive a perpetual trophy.

North West Words is a non-profit organisation run on voluntary effort. The competition fee of €5 per entry (up to three poems) goes towards the administrative costs of the competition. Deadline for entry is 31st December 2016. Payment may be made by Cheque, Postal Order, Money Order (by post to the address in the rules document) or via Paypal (see below).

Download the rules document here in English and in Irish

Entry is €5.00

Payment by Paypal, please click on the link below.




The Donegal Collection : Poetry and Music on CD 

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Price : €10. Order online.