Trim Poetry Competition

Deadline: 10 Dec 2021

Trim Poetry Competition is open for entries from 10 October 2021 until 10 December 2021.

Competition Rules

Entries are only accepted online by email to

Entrants should pay by PayPal. Entry Fee: 5 euro per poem or 10 euro for three poems.

Please type Trim Poetry Competition in the subject line of your email. The body of the email must include the PayPal transaction number, the entrant's name, address, phone number, and title/titles of the entered poems. The poem/poems must be attached as a single Word document. The poems should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, single spacing and must not exceed 50 lines (excluding title and stanza breaks). The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.

All poems must be the original work of the entrant, written in English. Poems must not have been previously published, self-published, published online in any format, or broadcast. Entrants must be 18 years or over.

All poems are judged completely anonymously, and judges read all entries. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions. Current members of Boyne Writers Group are not eligible to enter.

The prize for the winner is 500 euro.  Two runners-up will receive 100 euro each.

The judge is poet Patrick Lodge.

The judges’ shortlist of ten will be announced in February 2022. Shortlisted poets only will be notified by email and invited to read their poems at Trim Poetry Festival 2022 on the weekend of 11-13 March 2022. 

The prize winners will be announced at the festival and all the shortlisted poems will be published in a special issue of Boyne Berries which will be published for the festival. The holding of the festival will depend on the position regarding Covid-19 at that time.

Submission of a poem implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out above.

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