The 10th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31 Jan 2023

The 2022/2023 (10th) competition will run for 42 weeks.

Every Tuesday at 12pm (Irish time) from 12th April 2022 – 31st January 2023, five words will be posted on O'Bheal's website. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week.

A prize of 750 euros will be awarded to the winner, plus 500 euros for second place and 250 euros for third place. These three, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s sixteenth anniversary (hybrid) event, on Monday the 10th of April 2023. Should winners be able to attend in person, then an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this. The overall winner also receives a physical award, hand-crafted by acclaimed glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray.

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol XVI – the anthology of five word poems to be launched at the same event. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced by the first week of March 2023.

The judge for 2022/23 is Victoria Kennefick.

To find out more about submission guidelines and prizes: