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Feeling the Heat: Poetry competition 2015 launch

by Trish Groves, Campaigns Officer
Trócaire and Poetry Ireland are proud to launch our fourth joint poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘Feeling the Heat’.
Extreme weather events are having a devastating effect on people in the developing world: destroying families, homes and livelihoods. The people who contribute least to climate change are those most ‘feeling the heat’ from its effects. 
Trócaire’s Climate Justice campaign seeks to address this inequality and support those who are experiencing the effects of climate change now. 
Entries are invited from both published and emerging poets, in English and Irish, with special categories for younger entrants and a Spoken Word category for performance poetry. Poets can submit up to THREE poems each, and entry is free.
Curtear fáilte roimh iontrálacha le haghaidh an tríú comórtas bliantúil filíochta Trócaire Éigse Éireann ar an téama ‘Feeling The Heat’.
trocaire poetry ireland competition winner 2014
2014’s competition winners at the awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland
Download an application form, or enter the competition directly on Poetry Ireland’s website.
The closing date is Friday 13 March, and winners will be notified by Friday 7 May 2015. Entries will be judged by poets Mary Shine Thompson, Theo Dorgan, and Trish Groves from Trócaire.
Prizes for adults include choices such as a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, a year’s subscription to Poetry Ireland Review, or professional feedback on your poetry through Poetry Ireland’s Critical Assessment Service. Younger entrants can win a Kindle or book tokens, and a visit to your school by a writer.
The winning poems are also published in booklet form, and distributed to arts festivals and community events, and through schools and poetry readings. Winners and runners up are invited to read at our lunchtime awards ceremony at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin, and many past winners have gone on to read at events around Ireland, including Culture Night, All Ireland Poetry Day and the Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire. 
Read the winning entries from 2013 and 2014:
This competition is a genuine opportunity for new and emerging poets to boost their profile and reach new audiences, while helping to raise awareness about climate justice.
Visit Trócaire’s Climate Justice web page for lots of practical suggestions and inspiration for your poetry competition entry.
Want to know more about the research behind the theme of ‘Feeling the Heat’? Read our report Feeling the Heat: How climate change is driving extreme weather in the developing world
For updates about the competition, please visit the Trócaire Facebook page or Poetry Ireland’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @trocaire and @PoetryIreland.
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