North West Words

Promoting the Arts in the North West of Ireland

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

Posted on Dec 2, 2016

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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 This competition is now in its fifth year and is open to original and previously unpublished poems in English.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 (now closed).

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 will have 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 sponsored by Donegal Creameries.

North West Words is a non-profit organisation run on voluntary effort. The competition fee of €5 per entry (for up to three poems) goes towards the administrative costs of the competition. Deadlines for entry are 31st December 2016 for poems in English (now closed), and 31st January 2017 for poems in Irish. Payment may be made via Paypal (see below) or by Cheque, Postal Order, Money Order (by post to the address in the rules document)

Download the rules document here in English and in Irish

Entry is €5.00

Payment by Paypal, please click on the link below.