Saturday, 27 September 2014



1st Prize €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland*.

2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword

3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword

Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.

*(First prize roughly equivalent to $1326.70 USD/ £799.94 GBP @ on 21st August 2014. Payments will be subject to exchange rates valid on date payment is issued. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival.) 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.

Fees and Deadlines

The competition will open for entries each autumn. To be notified about competition news, sign up for our newsletter or join our Facebook page. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. (Postal entries from outside of Ireland and the UK must be paid by Paypal. No cheques, cash or postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, please. Additionally, we cannot accept postal orders from the UK) Closing date for entries is November 30th 2014. A result will be reached by late January 2015, with a shortlist published on our website at that time. The winners will be contacted individually and announced publicly during the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2015. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for details on how to enter.


1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged anonymously, the entrant's name and contact details, along with the title(s) of the poem(s) submitted must be on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please quote the receipt number and the email address payment was issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your name should not appear on the same page as the poem to ensure anonymity. No entry form is necessary.

3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. For postal entries from UK entrants, you may pay UK£5 per poem, or UK£20 per batch of five. Entrants outside of Ireland & the UK must pay by Paypal--the correct Euro amount will be deducted from your account or credit card in your own currency. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Withdrawn poems (for any reason) will not be eligible for refunds. Cheques and drafts from Ireland and the UK must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE. No cash. No postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland, please, as they cannot be redeemed outside of the country of origin. (Postal Orders purchased within the Republic of Ireland are a suitable form of payment.)

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