The Moth Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

Claudia Rankine will judge The Moth Poetry Prize 2019. Rankine’s numerous awards and honours include the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her collection Citizen was also the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. In 2005, she was awarded the Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. 

A very kind anonymous donor will pay the entry fee for the first 15 poets from Northern Ireland who enter The Moth Poetry Prize 2019. Contact for details. 

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a no line limit, and the poems can be on any subject.

The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768. 

The shortlist will be announced in March 2020 and all four poems will appear in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth.

The overall winner of €10,000 will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020.

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