Boyle Arts Festival

BAF Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition for 2016.

Prizes:  €250 first prize plus 2 x €50 highly commended

Closing Date June 30th

Shortlisted poems will be notified ahead of the awards which will be held on Saturday 30th July in King House, Boyle


Entry €5 per poem

Entry form must accompany poems.

Entrants may submit as many poems as they wish

The name of the entrant must not appear on the poem itself

Poems, in English must be the unpublished, original work of the author

Poems must be printed on one side of A4 paper, maximum length 40 lines

Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Poems will not be returned.

Poems will be judged by Ross Donlon

Ross has published 7 collections of poetry and his poems have also appeared in journals in his native Australia, the United States and New Zealand as well as Ireland including Poetry Ireland and Crannog magazine.

Ross has travelled to Europe many times in the past five years, enjoying residencies in Norway and Romania, and reading in several other countries, both at festivals and as a feature reader. He was the inaugural judge of the Castlemaine Poetry Prize which has been running since 2011.

Entry form available by clicking here

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