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Opportunities 26 Sept 2019
Poetry Ireland
“Writing poetry gives you energy. There is a great restoration of yourself spiritually after writing a poem.”

Elaine Feinstein, BBC Radio 4, October 2001

We’ve our usual round up of opportunities for poets this week, including competitions, calls for submissions and some featured Open Mic events around the country.

We’ve also got news on some poetry programmes and podcasts and details of a Winter Writing Residency Award organised by Greywood Arts, the deadline for which is 6 October.

Winter Writing Residency Award

Greywood Arts is delighted to announce the third annual Winter Writing Residency Award, a competition to win a one-week residency in January or February 2020.

Writers of poetry and any genre of fiction are invited to apply. Two authors will be awarded cosy self-catering accommodation and private work space overlooking the Dissour River (Co Cork). At the end of each residency, Greywood Arts will host an intimate reading in its library for writers to share their work. Greywood Arts will also host a communal meal for all artists-in-residence that week.

The deadline is 6 October and more details can be found here.

Poetry programmes and podcasts

Poetry Aloud programme on RTE lyric fm

Poetry Aloud was featured in a radio programme on RTE lyric fm earlier this year and we’re delighted that it will be re-broadcast on Sun 6 October at 6pm. It follows the stages of the 2018 competition and includes interviews with students, teachers and many more.

Poetry Aloud is a one of a kind competition for thousands of post-primary students all around the island of Ireland,

Words Lightly Spoken podcast

Are you following the Words Lightly Spoken podcast?

Since it began in January 2019, the podcast has uploaded a poem every week, as well as special, extended episodes to accompany the 2019 issues of Poetry Ireland Review. The podcast is funded by the Arts Council.

You can listen to the podcast on the Poetry Ireland website

or download all the FREE episodes from:


Apple Podcasts


or wherever your get your podcasts.

So far, the podcast has included contributions from well-known poets, debut poets, poets born in Ireland, and those who have made their home here. We’ve had humour, sadness, and poems to make you think.

The podcast from 6 September marked the publication of Poetry Ireland Review Summer 2019. Presenter was Paul Perry with guest poets Angela Finn, Jonathan C Creasy, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. Check it out here.


Allingham Festival Poetry Competition
Deadline: 26 Sept 2019

Jester to the Kingdom Humourous Verse Competition
Deadline: 30 Sept 2019

Asymptote Essay Competition
Deadline: 1 Oct 2019

Dalkey Creates Writing Festival Competitions
Deadline: 6 Oct 2019

Troubadour International Poetry Prize
Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

National Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

21st Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award
Deadline: 4 November 2019

Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020
Deadline: 6 December 2019

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2019

Open Mic Opportunities

A full listing of Open Mic opportunities can found on our website but we’ve selected a few opportunities around the country for this newsletter edition.

The Intercollective, Dublin 

The Intercollective is an open mic/jamming session with in-house performers and featured acts. Every Sunday from 8pm in the International Bar. Sign up on the night!

Lemme Talk, Poetry Ireland, 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. It’s a non-competitive open mic and each night usually features at least one special guest.

The Speakeasy, Derry
The SpeakEasy takes place every Monday evening from 7-9 pm at Cowbog 2, Waterloo St. Derry.

Spokes Open Mic, Waterford
Spokes is an Open Mic night that takes place in Phil Grimes pub, Waterford city. Admission is five euro with a guest poet, guest musician and an open mic.

Live Words, Cork
Live Words is a new monthly slam poetry night starting on Thursday 24th September at The Roundy, Castle Street, Cork. Four established poets will perform with an opportunity at the end of the night for members of public to try their hand. Live Words will run on the last Thursday of each month

The Whitehouse Poets, Limerick
The Whitehouse Poets hold a reading and open mic night in The Whitehouse Bar, Limerick, weekly on Wednesdays.

Call for Submissions

The Ogham Stone
Deadline: 18 Oct 2019

Deadline: 28 Oct 2019

PUDDOCK Haiku Journal
Deadline: 1 Nov 2019

Children’s Poetry Anthology
Deadline: 30 Nov 2019

Poetry Ireland Review
Accepts submissions on an ongoing basis throughout the year