‘A Better Tomorrow’
This year, the competition explores the theme of building a better tomorrow, and how we can all contribute to it as part of a global community.
The effects of Covid-19 are still being felt throughout the world, particularly so in the developing world. People living in poverty, especially women, have been disproportionately affected by the long-term impacts of Covid-19, including a significant increase in gender-based violence.
Poets are encouraged to explore the theme, from a local to global perspective.
Categories for entry
The competition is always FREE to enter and is open to adults, at all stages in their writing careers. Many published poets have participated in the competition, including, in no particular order, Daragh Bradish, Eileen Casey, Joseph Horgan, David Butler, Lorraine Carey, Angela T. Carr, Nicki Griffin, Afric McGlinchey, John Donaghy, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Ann Joyce, Karen O’Connor, Wilma Kenny, Mary Turley-McGrath, Eleanor Hooker, Jane Clarke, Geraldine Mitchell, David Mohan and Breda Joy.
Poems in English or Irish, written or spoken word, are welcome in two categories:
Entries open: 10th March 2022
Deadline for applications: Friday 6th May 2022
Awards Ceremony: Online Awards Ceremony on Culture Night, September 2022
How to Enter
Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. You can submit your entry here.
You can download the Competition Rules here.
The 2021 judging panel comprises Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, retired former director of the Curriculum Development Unit, and Trócaire’s Joanne McGarry.