Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – May 2017

Now that you’re done with National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), you’ll be gussying up all those shiny new poems and looking to send your wordy fledglings out into the world! Here’s a list of poetry competitions, journal submissions and writing opportunities open or with deadlines in May.

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Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – April 2017

April is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), for those of you up for a challenge – the task is to write a brand new poem every single day for a month. And what will you do with all those bright and shiny poems?  Well, here’s a list of poetry competitions, journal submissions and writing opportunities open or with deadlines in April.

You’re welcome. You might even find some inspiration among those calls for submissions with a particular theme in mind. Good luck! Continue reading


The people of Ireland have voted YES for marriage equality — regardless of sexuality — in a public referendum, with one of the largest turnouts in voting history; we are the first country in the world to make this choice by popular vote.

I’ve never been prouder to be Irish.

The escalating momentum of #hometovote, over the past couple of days, with Irish men and women abroad pouring back into the country by train, boat and plane, to ensure their voices were heard, has been extraordinarily moving.

The public outpourings, the crowds at Dublin Castle this afternoon — both in the courtyard and bringing the streets to a standstill outside — as the results were announced, and the inevitable celebrations carrying on well into the night, signal something else: national pride and a return to joy. Continue reading

Double Shot @ Books Upstairs: New Poetry Event in Dublin

This week sees the launch of Double Shot – a series of poetry readings at the new Books Upstairs premises on D’Olier Street, which pairs an emerging poet with a more established peer, to provide reading opportunities for poets who don’t often get to read in Dublin. The first of the series takes place this Wednesday, 25 February from 7pm and features Kate Quigley, Graham Allen and Jessica Traynor, who is also the event organiser.
Poet, writer and dramaturg, Jessica is on a bit of a roll at the moment with a new position as Literary Manager at The Abbey Theatre and her debut collection, Liffey Swim, nominated for the Shine / Strong Award 2015.
I had a quick chat with Jessica to find out more about Double Shot and her latest role at the Abbey.

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