Adults and children alike can get creative during the current Covid-19 restrictions and enter a poem or poems to the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition.
The competition takes place annually and uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. The deadline has been extended until 12 June, with the competition open to published and unpublished poets.
During times of crisis, many find comfort in the arts, with poetry particularly helping us to express our feelings and connect with others.
Adults and children, through their schools, can enter the competition. Poems in English or Irish are welcome in all six categories, with spoken word pieces actively encouraged as well as poems.
The competition is always free to enter and past participants include Eileen Casey, David Mohan Angela T. Carr, Afric McGlinchey, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Jane Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and Joseph Horgan.
The attractive prizes on offer include for the adult categories: a choice of a two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, or a tablet or time in a recording studio to the value of €300 (for spoken word poets) plus a year’s subscription to Poetry Ireland Review.
Winners of the post-primary and primary categories win a Kindle Fire plus a visit by an author to the winner’s school (to be scheduled post-Covid 19 restrictions).
This year, the competition explores the theme ‘Standing Her Ground’, inspired by the extraordinary stories of hardworking women who are holding their families together, battling enormous odds, including threats like violence, intimidation and drought, to provide food for their children and are battling to keep their children, and the earth, safe from harm.
Poets of all ages are encouraged to explore the theme, from a local to global perspective. Each year, the winning poems are published in booklet form and presented to the winners at an awards ceremony.
For more information and to enter, visit https://www.poetryireland.ie/education/trocaire-poetry-ireland-poetry-competition/