Wednesday 15 July 2020

2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

Red Line Book Festival are calling on aspiring poets to submit their work for the 2020 Red Line Book Festival poetry competition.

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually. The 2019 winner was Rory Duffy for his poem A Guide to the Items Recovered from the Stomach of the Last Wild Whale.

The winning poet will win a cash prize of €300. There is also a cash prize of €200 for second place and €100 for third place. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the 2020 Red Line Book Festival, which runs 12th - 18th October.

This year, Red Line Book Festival are honoured to have award-winning poet Peter Sirr judge the competition entries.

The closing date for entries is Monday 24th August 2020 and entries will only be accepted by email. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 21st September 2020, with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival.

The 2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition rules can be downloaded here.

The 2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition application form can be downloaded here.


THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. The 2020 festival runs October 12th - 18th.

PETER SIRR has published ten poetry collections, of which the most recent are The Gravity Wave (2019), a Poetry Book Society recommendation and Sway (2016), versions of poems from the troubadour tradition. The Rooms (2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. The Thing Is (2009), was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. His novel for children, Black Wreath, was published in 2014. His radio dramas are broadcast on RTE, the national broadcaster. He teaches literary translation in the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Trinity College and is a member of Aosdána.

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