“Writing poetry is like finding your way home and you didn’t know you were lost.”
Diane Lockwood, The Star-Ledger, April 2003
In the first Opportunities newsletter of 2020, we bring you the usual mix of calls for submissions and competitions taking place around the country and further afield. We also highlight a selection of open mic nights which give poets and spoken word artists the opportunity to perform in a live setting.
And we also have a reminder if you’re interested in submitting to Poetry Ireland Review, that our new editor, Colette Bryce, has begun in her role. See more below, including details of our new online submissions method.
New editor of Poetry Ireland Review, Colette Bryce, begins role
The new editor of the highly-regarded journal of poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, has begun her editorship role.
Colette Bryce took on the mantle from previous editor, Eavan Boland, in early 2020 and is now reviewing submissions for Poetry Ireland Review 130.
We’re also excited to announce that we now accept online submissions.
From Derry, Colette has published four collections with Picador including The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which received a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, won the Pigott Prize for Irish poetry in 2018.
Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020 open for applications
Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase their?work through workshops and performance.
The poets selected for Introductions 2020 will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on the art of reading and performing poetry in public. A third workshop will be offered on preparing a first collection. We’re delighted to have Vona Groarke as this year’s adjudicator.
Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020 will culminate in a number of public readings during the prestigious International Literature Festival Dublin in May 2020.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 9 February.
Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020 is now open
The Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020 was officially launched at Poetry Ireland this week.
This year’s theme is ‘Standing Her Ground’ and entries are open from now until 20 March 2020.
The competition is always FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers. The annual poetry writing competition uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time.
A full listing of open mic nights can found on our website but we’ve selected a few around the country for this newsletter edition.
Purely Poetry at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Purely Poetry has been running since October 2011 on the first Friday of every month, welcoming fans of poetry of all ages, experience and background to get together to share in the mutual adoration of words.
Ó Bhéal Poetry Readings & Open Mic Night, Cork
Ó Bhéal takes place in The Long Valley Bar, Cork, monthly on the second Monday of each month. The night begins at around 9pm with a Poetry Challenge and guest poets read at around 9.45pm, followed by an open-mic session.
Lemme Talk, Dublin
Lemme Talk is an open mic night at Poetry Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Slam Sunday. Running on the first Monday of the month, Lemme Talk gives poets, performers and all kinds of wordsmiths a chance to share their work with a friendly audience.
The New Romantics, Dublin
The New Romantics is a Dublin poetry night reclaiming the ideals of the Romantic poets like Blake, Keats and Byron for the new age and diverse identities. The night (last Thursdays monthly) features special guest poets along with an open mic.
Over the Edge Open Readings, Galway
Over The Edge Open Readings, which recently celebrated its 17th birthday, takes place regularly in Galway City Library. These early evening events present featured readers, followed by an open mic. New readers are welcome.
‘On the Nail’ Literary Gatherings, Limerick
Organised by the Limerick Writers’ Centre, ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gatherings take place on the first Tuesday of the month and feature guest readers followed by an open mic session.