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Books Upstairs Poetry Day Ireland Competition 2018

Books Upstairs is pleased to announce its second annual Poetry Day Poetry Competition.

The theme this year is 'Bidding adieu to Britain'. Max 14 lines on the theme. Please send entries in the body of an email to with the subject Poetry Competition by 23 April. The winner will receive a €100 Books Upstairs gift token.

PS. If possible, please do not rhyme Britain with Kitten.


Irish Men’s Sheds Association Poetry Competition

Presented in association with Poetry Ireland for Poetry Day Ireland 2018.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is running a poetry competition for its members in the run up to Poetry Day Ireland. The competition will be judged by Dermot Bolger and the winners will be presented with their awards in Poetry Ireland on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 26 April 2018.

"At Poetry Ireland, our number one mission is to connect people with poetry, across the island of Ireland. We are aware of the invaluable, positive impact that the Men’s Sheds movement has had on communities, connecting people through common interests, shared goals and new friendships. We are delighted to be associated with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association for this Poetry Competition, and we very much look forward to enjoying and sharing the winning poems on Poetry Day Ireland."
Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland

Fingal Libraries Poetry Day Competition

Cuireadh Oscailte / Open Invitation:
Éist agus Beir Iontas! / Listen and Surprise!

 A Bi-lingual Digital Celebration of Poetry Day Ireland in Fingal

As the theme for this year’s Poetry Day is Poetry Surprises, Fingal Libraries are asking you to find the "surprises" in a selection of Irish poems and to "surprise" them with your response. There’s something in their poem choices for everyone. All ages, all attitudes. They’d like you to pick one of the poems and respond to it with something creative of your own in any medium. For example, you might like to write an opinion piece on Eavan Boland’s poem, or submit a photograph; a short story may springboard off Bernard O’Donoghue’s “Gerund.”

If you're under 12, you might like to draw a robot for Patrick Chapman’s poem; or write a new poem after reading Yeats’s “The Cat and the Moon.” Surprise us! Surprise yourself!

The Deadline for entries is 31st March 2018 and there will be a prize (One-for-all voucher) in each age category for the most surprising contribution. Winners will receive their prize at a public reception at 7 pm on Poetry Day, 26th April, and there will be a performance and presentation on poetry appreciation by poet, Máighréad Medbh, who conceived this project.

All creative contributions will go live on the Fingal Libraries Tumblr page on 26th April and will be displayed on a screen in the Atrium, Fingal County Hall, Swords, for the duration of the day.

>> Find out how to enter 

Roscommon County Library Services Poetry Competition 

This year's theme is Poetry Surprises. 


Roscommon County Library Services are running a Poetry Competition throughout the County. This year’s theme is Poetry Surprises and entries are invited under the following categories: 3rd – 4th Class; 5th – 6th Class; 1st – 3rd Year; 4th – 6th Year; Adult. Winners will be shortlisted and invited to attend an Awards Ceremony in the County Library on Thursday 26th April commencing at 5.30 – 8.30 p.m.  The Adjudicator and MC for the evening is Jessamine O’Connor. 

Jessamine lives on the Sligo Roscommon border where she facilitates ‘Epic Award’ winners The Hermit Collective, and the Wrong Side of the Tracks Writers.  She has won the iYeatsthe Francis Ledwidgeand the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Poetry Competitions; and was ‘Featured Poet International’ for Muse-Pie Press (US) throughout 2016 and nominated by them for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  Her fourth poetry chapbook was published by the Black Light Engine room Press (UK) and her fifth, ‘Pact’, is available now.  

Please submit your entries by email to not later than 5.00 p.m. on April 10th.  Competition rules will be sent to each school in the County. 'Surprise Encounters' Competition is launching a surprise-themed poetry competition on Poetry Day. will be launching a competition on Poetry Day Ireland. They'll be inviting all poets from around the country and beyond to submit poems on the theme of ‘Surprise Encounters.’ Poetry surprises, and HeadStuff want to celebrate these surprises real or imagined in all poetic life, form and style. This could be surprise encounters of the science fiction variety; could be surprise encounters from revisiting a past memory, or it could even be a surprise encounter with a Dolphin. Whether there is a poem you’ve been holding onto for years or your new to poetry, and writing your first poems please submit your poem to the competition. They would love to read them all.  

Please go to or email for details. Deadline is midnight on Friday 1 June 2018.