Frederick Douglass - Past, Present, Future

Deadline: 7 Jan 2021

DouglassWeek, celebrating Frederick Douglass' visit to Ireland, will take place in February and will feature academic talks as well as a range of commemorative efforts by students, performers, artists, and community groups. 

The programme includes this competition for poems that commemorate Douglass's visit or reflect upon his legacy in some way. Poems should reflect upon Douglass’s work in some way; writers may wish to consider his time in Ireland or, more generally, his social activism and fight for equality. Poems should be 40 lines maximum (not including the title). The winning submission will be showcased during the events of #Douglassweek, where internationally acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith will perform a reading of the winning poem. The winner will also receive a €100 gift voucher for Vibes and Scribes bookstore. The closing date for submissions is January 7th, 2021. Entries should be sent to, with the subject line “#DouglassWeek Poetry”

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