Deadline: March 16, 2023

Entry fee: €3.50

About the competition

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.

Competition guideline

  • 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  • All poems must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.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 protected] putting “Desmond O’Grady Competition 2024” in the subject box and paying the appropriate fee through PAY PAL in Euros.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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