The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2024 – Entries Open!
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT SAT 16th MARCH 2024
The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition was inaugurated in 2012 by the late Barney Sheehan – poetry impresario of the White House Poetry Revival – in honour of Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady who dies in 2014. The Limerick Writers’ Centre revived the competition as part of our April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. The prize winner of this year’s competition will be announced during April 2024 and will be invited to give a reading of his/her work during the 2025 festival.
First Prize 200.00 Euro
Runner-Up Prize 50.00 Euro
Entry is by email to email@example.com after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.paypal.com/ie/home
Enter by post to
Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell St., Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre).
Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
All entries must be received before midnight SAT 16th March 2024.
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem 3.50 Euro
3 Poems 5.50 Euro
(A maximum of three poems per entry is allowed)
Competition Judge (English language): Arthur Broomfield
Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet and Beckett scholar from Ballyfin, Co Laois. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Arthur’s poems have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers and many other literary journals in Ireland, the UK, USA and India.
He holds poetry workshops, when possible, and mentors poets online. His study on the works of Samuel Beckett, The Empty Too: language and Philosophy in the works of Samuel Beckett [Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing] is available from the publisher and from Amazon. Arthur delivers lectures, and conference papers, on the works of Beckett, online and in person, to a wide global audience. His current poetry collection is At Home in Ireland (Revival Press).
Competition Judge (Irish language): Tomás Ó Coileáin.
Is file, múinteoir, amhránaí, agus cúlbáire (uaireanta) é Tomás Ó Coileáin, a rugadh agus tógadh i gCathair Luimnigh. D’fhoilsigh Revival Press a chéad chnuasach filíochta, “Inside Out” ag deireadh 2020. Foilsíodh dánta i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge aige in The Stony Thursday Book,The White House Revival Poetry Journal, The Ogham Stone, Scothsmaointe Gan Smál, Féile Raifteirí (Baile Locha Riach), Comhar, Irisleabhar Mhá Nuad, agus Stanzas. Eisean eagarthóir filíochta ag Revival Press ó Lughnasa 2023, agus foilseofar a chéad chnuasach dátheangach in earrach 2024.
Thomas Collins is a writer, teacher, singer, and goalkeeper from Limerick City. His debut collection “Inside Out“, was published by Revival Press in December 2020. Poems in Irish and English have appeared in The Stony Thursday Book, The White House Revival Poetry Journal, The Ogham Stone, Scothsmaointe Gan Smál, Féile Raifteirí (Loughrea), Comhar, Irisleabhar Mhá Nuad and Stanzas. He has been poetry editor with Revival Press since August 2023, and his first bilingual collection will be published in spring 2024.
(Photo credit Arthur Broomfield: Marc O’Sullivan)
* Poems, can be in either Irish or English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style. There is only one overall winner, Irish and English entries will be considered for the first prize.
* There are no restrictions on content.
* International entries are welcome.
* All poems must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition. They must not have been published, self- published or accepted for publication in print or online, broadcast, or have won another competition at any time.
* All entries will be considered anonymously by the judge so poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
* Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to substitute an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet.
* There is a recommended length of not more than 40 lines but we are open to receiving longer poems if the subject matter justifies it.
* Poems can be entered by email to email@example.com putting “Desmond O’Grady Competition 2024” in the subject box and paying the appropriate fee through PAY PAL in Euros.
* Enter by post to Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre). Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
* Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
* All entries will be acknowledged by email only.
* Closing Date for all entries is midnight on Saturday 16th March 2024.
* We cannot accept alterations to the poem(s) once it has been submitted.
* Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.
* Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish the winning poem on our website or print books for one year from date of announcement of winning poem.
* The organisers reserve the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
* The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
HOW TO ENTER (Email);
1. Pay the appropriate fee to PayPal account address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain the PayPal transaction code. https://www.paypal.com/ie/home
2. Send your entry via email to email@example.com
In the subject line please state “Desmond O’Grady Competition 2024”
In the body of the email please state;
Your email address
PayPal transaction code
Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,
No other file types will be opened. (No PDFs)
HOW TO ENTER (Post);
Post to Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre). Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
ALL POEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 16th MARCH 2024