Saturday, 22 April 2017

Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

One of the newer poetry prizes that's free to enter.
No mention of the judge or whether it's anonymously judged.

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 
2nd prize €300.  
3rd prize €200. 

Deadline: 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from www.waterfordcouncil.ie and www.waterfordarts.com

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Cúirt Festival of International Literature

If you're going to Galway for the Cuirt festival, check out the New Writers showcase.

This year’s Cúirt Over The Edge New Writing Showcase features three participants from the Over the Edge literary series in Galway – Rena Garrett, Eileen P Keane, & Una Mannion – and Paul Bregazzi, the winner of the Cúirt New Writing Poetry Prize 2016. The MC for the event will be regular Over The Edge host Susan Millar DuMars. It takes place on Wednesday, April 26th, 3pm, at The Town Hall Theatre

Entry is free of charge. All welcome.

Rena Garrett is a graduate MA in Writing student in NUIG. She has also participated in poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre. Her poetry has been published in The Moth Magazine, and Spontaneity.org and was shortlisted for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Short Story Competition 2016. Rena was a Featured Reader at the August 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Eileen P Keane is from North Connemara, Co. Galway. She last year completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  Eileen has written and performed for theatre and stage and her CD Spaces was released in 2014. She writes Poetry, Memoir and non-fiction. She is also a Singer/Songwriter and has performed at the: Electric Picnic, Lunasa Festival Sligo, and at the Clifden Arts Festival. Her songs have featured on RTE Radio and Television. Her poems appear in the latest edition of the Galway Review and her Flash Fiction was shortlisted for Allingham Festival 2015. Eileen was a Featured Reader at the March 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Una Mannion teaches Performing Arts in IT Sligo. In March 2016, her poetry was published in the New Irish Writing page in The Irish Times and her fiction was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize. She won the Yeats' Society's Seamus Heaney Prize and came second place in Dromineer Flash Fiction 2015. She has been shortlisted in the Listowel, Bridport, Fish Memoir and other competitions. She recently completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway. She lives in Sligo with her husband and three children.  Una was a Featured Reader at the May 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Una won the Emerging Poetry Award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards and is also the winner of the Fiction section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize.


Paul Bregazzi is a Special Needs Teacher in West Dublin. His poetry has appeared widely and been anthologised on both sides of the Atlantic in Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, Skylight 47, Southword, The Stinging Fly, Magma (U.K),  Fields Magazine (Univ of Texas at Austin), The French Literary Review (Fr),  Thema (U.S.), The Ofi Press (Mexico). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport prize, the RSPB/Rialto Nature Poetry Competition and The Haiku Foundation U.S. Touchstone Awards. He won 2nd place in Magma (U.K.) Editors’ Short Poetry Prize and the Oliver Goldsmith International Poetry Competition. He is co-founder of the Dublin poetry group Listeners and was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introduction Series 2015. Paul is the winner of the poetry section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bread and Roses Poetry Competition

This Award is a bit different from the usual - might spark some interesting poetry. And it appears to be free. And it's anonymised, which is always a good thing.

Culture Matters is pleased to announce a new poetry award, sponsored by Unite the Union.
Bread and Roses Poetry Award, and is now open for submissions.
The purpose of the new award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to enable those communities to engage more with poetry. 

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100.

The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite.

Entry is free, and open to everyone regardless of trade union membership.
  • Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not have been previously published in print or online. 
  • Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.
Poems should be sent via email to info@culturematters.org.uk
or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 31st May 2017.
Entries will be anonymised before judging, and the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at a Unite conference in Durham in July.
When emailing or posting submissions please provide your name, email or postal address, and phone number.
All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish and/or broadcast them online and in other media.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Residency in Florence

It may be worthwhile becoming a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre if you'd like to apply for a residency in Florence.

The Irish Writers Centre is continuing to develop its links with Italy and we are delighted to announce a one-week residency with St Mark's in Florence this autumn from 29 September – 6 October 2017. 
While the successful applicant must cover their own transport and living expenses, they will have the chance to reside in the beautiful hospitality apartment adjoining St Mark's English Church in the heart of Florence. During their stay they will be expected take part in a public reading, as well as meeting with the local writing community. 
To apply, send the following to Valerie Bistany, director@writerscentre.ie with St Mark's Florence Residency in the subject line:
  1. A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words or between 4- 6 poems).
  4. Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.
Collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.  
At present, this residency is open only to professional members of the Irish Writers Centre. To become a professional member, please see the Professional Member section of their website
Deadline for applications is Friday 28 Apriat 5pm.  If places are still available after this date, we will advertise the call publicly.
The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1 June 2017.
 St Mark's Florence

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Books Upstairs - poetry competition

Books Upstairs, that lovely Dublin bookshop have announced their first poetry competition. The theme is something close to their hearth/heart, the Dublin Luas works which has created havoc on the streets for many many months now.

WORK IN PROGRESS was the name Joyce gave toFinnegan’s Wake when - for a very long time - he was beavering away on that great Dublin book. It was a complicated business, his friends didn't know what to make of it. Opinion was divided. Some thought the project was a complete muddle which would never make sense, but others were sure it would all work out well in the end.
The great Work in Progress in Dublin today is the Luas works. Will it all be grand in the end or will it ever end? Citizens have undoubtedly found themselves mulling on this in recent months, especially when making their way through the city’s maze of cages.
To celebrate National Poetry Day we’re putting the call out for your poems on the Luas construction works.

See your name in lights! Enter our first ever Books Upstairs Poetry competition! First prize is a Books Upstairs gift token to the value of €100.

The competition closes at midnight on 24th April 2017. The winner and runners up will be announced on the morning of Poetry Day, and their poems displayed in Books Upstairs on that day and for the following week. The competition will be judged by the Books Upstairs team who will stay up as late as necessary to arrive at the right decision!

How to enter
  • Entry is free and by email only.
  • Poems should be in English or Irish and no longer than 40 lines.
  • Attach your poem in a Word document, using font Times New Roman, point size 12, single spaced.
  • Make sure this document contains no identifying details. It should not include your name or email, to ensure that the entries are judged anonymously.
  • Include your name, address and contact information in the body of your email, along with the poem title(s) and with the Word document attached, and send it with subject line 'Poetry Comp' to shop@booksupstairs.ie
  • And oh! For the sake of sanity, the judges’ decision is final.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Abridged 0 - 1979 Submission Call/News

 
Human beings are multifarious and moody – never purely one thing, never completely sure of things, always fluctuating, no matter what’s being said at one time or another. In the pulse of the absolute present, the world of what we know and experience, ‘everything that is the case’, remains mutable under the simultaneous pressures of all thought and activity. The clay stuff of what-is remains wet, in a perma-flux of reformation.


Such recognition is the fire that fixes the clay of tiny moments, complex instants of colliding moods and actions, into recorded time, the having-happened. And so in this way moments become monuments on the landscape of what-we-have-come-to-know-and-be: the landscape of our history. Isolated, named, these monuments are flocked to by pilgrims from the present seeking answers to the question of now.

There is always a reason, but never simply so. No action sits alone in the world but is surrounded by causes and reactions. Everything is reactive. Every instant is a universe. To pin-point feels like power. Pushing them away from the complexities of ourselves, we can turn definitive moments into the monsters of our time. It is much easier to point and say ‘that is the monster and that is when it arrived’ than try to explain, to unpick the make-up of the primordial soup of feelings and happenings in which a monstrosity was engendered. It is easier for there to be a monster than for there to be monstrosity: one can be boxed up, stuck with pins, framed, blamed and separated; the other must be swum through and breathed in. There are always reasons, but never one in isolation, never one that is complete. Every definitive moment is deeply involved, a knot of the present’s pressures, in which more might be complicit than will ever be comprehended. These moments erupt out of the surface of world as we know it, cracking it open and leaving us swarming in the gaps, around the fragments, trying with every change to conjure a glue for piecing some sort of whole world together again.

Abridged in 0-1979 explores those moments, big and small when our world shattered and changed and our attempts to make sense of it all. When there’s nothing here for me and you…

Abridged is looking for poetry for its 0 – 1979 issue. Up to four poems can be submitted. 

Submissions should be sent to abridged@ymail.com

Deadline: 5th May 2017.


Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Surviving Anne by Gustavo Dessal

ICLO-NLS invites you to the Irish Book Launch of Surviving Anne by Gustavo Dessal

“A brilliantly constructed psychological thriller and unique peek into the world of madness, guided by the psychoanalytical teachings of Jacques Lacan” - Maria Cristina Aguirre, Lacanian Compass

The author will be in conversation with Poet Katie  Donovan - Recipient of the 2017 O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry

DATE:  Friday 7 April 2017
TIME:   6.30pm to 8pm
VENUE: Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 

Free event - booking is essential