The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition was inaugurated in 2012 by the late Barney Sheehan - poetry impresario of the White House Poetry Revival - in honour of Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady. The Limerick Writers’ Centre revived the competition as part of our April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. The prizewinner of this year’s competition will be announced during April and will be invited to give a reading of his/her work during the 2022 festival. This year's judge is Eileen Sheehan.
First Prize €200
Runner-Up Prize €50
• Poems, can be in either Irish or English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style.
• There are no restrictions on content.
• International entries are welcome.
• All poems must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition. They must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, broadcast, or have won another competition at any time.
• All entries will be considered anonymously by the judge so poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
• There is a recommended length of not more than 40 lines but we are open to receiving longer poems if the subject matter justifies it
• Poems can be entered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org putting “Desmond O’Grady Competition” in the subject box and paying the appropriate fee through PAY PAL in Euros.
• Enter by post to Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O'Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre). Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
• Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
1 poem €3.50
3 Poems €5.50