The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

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About the Prize

Judge

Submission Guidelines

More About the Competition

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About the Prize

1st Prize
€2,000
Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2021)
Publication in Southword

2nd Prize
€500
Publication in Southword

3rd Prize
€250
Publication in Southword

Ten runners-up
€50
Publication in Southword

 

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: 30th November, 2020 (midnight). Entries are accepted from 31st September.

Cost of entry: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems, please make more than one entry.

As the poem is judged anonymously, the entrant's name must not appear on poem pages.

 

Judge

Peter Sirr

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Peter Sirr lives in Dublin where he works as a freelance writer and translator. He teaches a course in literary translation for the Translation Centre in Trinity College, Dublin. His most recent collection of poems is The Gravity WaveSway, versions of poems from the troubadour tradition, was published by Gallery Press in 2016. The Rooms was published by Gallery in 2014 and shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. The Thing Is, published by Gallery Press in 2009, was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. The Gallery Press has also published Marginal Zones (1984), Talk, Talk (1987), Ways of Falling (1991), The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange (1995), Bring Everything (2000), Selected Poems and Nonetheless (both 2004).

 

Submission Guidelines

EMAIL ENTRY

Send to: godcomp@munsterlit.ie
Subject: GOD entry

Attachments:

  1. The poem(s) for submission, with each poem in a seperate Word document (we cannot accept PDF format). Please use the title of the poem (or the first few words of the title) as the title of each document. As the competition is judged anonymously, please do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document as this could lead to disqualification.
  2. A cover letter (separate Word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include:
    - Your name
    - Poem title(s)
    - Email address
    - Phone number
    - Postal address
    - Image of PayPal receipt or the PayPal transaction ID number
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
    Please ensure that this information is attached as a Word document and not in the body of the email.
  3. Payment of the entry fee can be made through the following payment portal:
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POSTAL ENTRY

  1. Submission manuscript (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript. Each poem should be printed on a seperate page with no back to back printing.
  2. Cover letter as a seperate page, which includes:
    - Your name
    - Poem title(s)
    - Email address and/or phone number
    - Postal address
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
  3. Payment: If you have paid through PayPal, please quote the PayPal transaction ID in your cover letter. Alternatively we accept cheques and bank drafts (see details below).
  4. Send to:
    The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition,
    The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House,
    84 Douglas Street,
    Cork, T12 X802
    Ireland
  5. Please DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
  6. If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope with an irish postage stamp. We will confirm the receipt of international entries via automatic email response.

 

PAYPAL

PayPal will deduct the fee in your own currency. As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter. You do not need a PayPal account.

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OTHER PAYMENT METHODS (Postal entries)

  1. Cheques payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE
  2. Bank drafts
  3. Other currencies: we can accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, Pounds sterling (£7 for each poem or £30 for a batch of five) or US dollars ($8 for each poem or $35 for a batch of five)
  4. Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  5. Please note that we cannot accept cash payment


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More About the Competition

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition was first held in 2010. It is an poetry prize for a single poem, open to writers from around the world from September to November annually. Sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, the prize is named in honour of the late Irish poet long associated with the Centre.

Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in February 2021 and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2021). We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up to date with all competition developments directly.

Prize winnings will be subject to exchange rates valid on the date payment is issued. The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, an officially registered charity in the Republic of Ireland (Charity. No. 12374). All entry fees received in this competition will be disbursed in prize money, judge's fee and to fund services the Centre provides to writers and readers.

 

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