Tuesday 27 September 2016


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 $1125.48 USD/ £849.14 GBP @ xe.com on 24th August 2016.) 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 four days during the Cork International 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.

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1125.48 USD/ £849.14 GBP @ xe.com on 24th August 2016), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.

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 late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival. 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.

The 2017 Judge: Mary Noonan

Submission Guidelines

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 The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.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 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.)

Our secure online payments are handled by PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account;
all major credit and debit cards will be accepted.

To identify your payment:
Please note the Receipt Number that PayPal gives you on-–screen after completing your payment, and in your payment–-receipt e–mail, and include it in your e–mail submission of poems (or on your postal submission).
Additionally, only if your PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name on your e–mail or postal submission. No need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.
Our PayPal options allow payment for up to 5 poems at a time.


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