Anthology Magazine Poetry Awards

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Anthology Poetry Award 2021

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Entries are now invited for the Anthology Poetry Award.

Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, the Poetry Award is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Freedom’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

The winner will also receive:

  • A one year subscription to Anthology magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 31 July 2021 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 31 October 2021 – €15 per poem

Terms and Conditions

  • To enter, submit an original, unpublished poem, written in English on the subject of ‘Freedom’ with a maximum of 40 lines.
  • Entry fee: €10 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 July 2021, or €15 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 October 2021. 
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
  • There is no age limit.
  • The closing date for receipt of entries is 31 October 2021 at midnight. 
  • Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
  • Copyright remains with the author but Anthology reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the poems to further publicise this award is also retained.
  • Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  • Anthology reserves the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Congratulations to the WINNER of the Anthology Poetry Award 2020

1st Prize
Sighle Meehan (Ireland) for Her Dul Abhaile Jar

Highly Commended
The judge would also like to highlight the work of the following three poets:

Anne Casey (Australia) for Season of Brigid
Dean Gessie (Canada) for normative expectations
Mary K O’Melveny (USA) for Perturbances

We wish to thank all those who entered the Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize . We would also like to thank our hardworking independent judge, Dr. Rachael Hegarty, who carefully read and assessed each entry to select the shortlist, highly commended poets and overall winner.

·       Alix Ealas (Scotland) for Bright White Kitchen
·       Anne Casey (Australia) for Season of Brigid
·       B. Lynch Black (USA) for On the Highway of In-Between
·       Bridget Frost (Scotland) for After Rothko
·       Carmina Masoliver (England) for Trapeze Bars
·       Christa de Brun (Ireland) for Crossword
·       Christian Wethered (Ireland) for Call
·       Dean Gessie (Canada) for normative expectations
·       Kieran Furey (Ireland) for Yet More Advice for Poets
·       Laura Shore (Australia) Persimmon
·       Mary K O’Melveny (USA) for Perturbances
·       Sidney Denham-Roberts, (Australia) for One Day
·       Sighle Meehan (Ireland) for Her Dul Abhaile Jar
·       Val Ormrod (England) for The Gathering

Dr. Rachel Hegarty

Dr. Rachael Hegarty will judge the Anthology Magazine Poetry Award 2021. Rachel is a Dubliner and was educated by the Holy Faithers in Finglas, the U. Mass Bostonians, the Trinity M. Phillers in Dublin and the Ph.D. Magicians at Queens University, Belfast. Her debut collection, Flight Paths Over Finglas won the 2018 Shine Strong Award. A child survivor of the Talbot Street bomb, her collection May Day 1974 (Salmon, 2019) has received critical acclaim for the 33 docu-sonnets and 33 ballads for the people who died on the single worst day of The Troubles. Rachael has also edited a book of poems by community groups from hometown in Making Sense of Finglas (2019). Her third collection, Dancing with Memory (Salmon, 2021) is a dance hall of memory for her mother who lives with Alzheimer’s.


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