Pathways to Peace
This year the competition explores the theme of conflict; how families who have lost their homes and loved ones to war are rebuilding their lives through love and friendship. Fleeing their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. Families trek through dangerous territory with no food or water for themselves or their children. When they reach safety, the struggle continues to earn money, grow food and attend school. But with pathways to peace and the support of others, they are able to start new lives based on love, friendship and kindness, and to try and put the pain of war behind them and begin again.
Poets of all ages 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 young people, children and adults alike, 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 all six categories:
Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class
Entries open: Monday 15 March 2021
Deadline for applications: Friday 7 May 2021
Awards Ceremony: Online Awards Ceremony on Culture Night, September 2021
How to Enter
Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. Full details are available on Poetry Ireland’s website or you can submit your entry here.
You can download the Competition Rules here.