Trim Poetry Competition 2021

Deadline: 30 Nov 2020

Trim Poetry Competition is now open for entries. Entries close on 30 November 2020.

Competition Rules

Entries are only accepted online by email to this address:

Competitors pay by PayPal through the link on Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €10 for three poems.

Please type Trim Poetry Competition in the subject line of the 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 60 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 on a website 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 Irish poet Jean O'Brien. 

The judges’ shortlist of ten will be announced on 31 Jan 2021and included on this blog. Shortlisted poets only will be notified by email and invited to read their poems, in person or virtually, at a launch on Saturday afternoon 13 March 2021. The prizewinners will be announced at that launch and all the shortlisted poems will be published in Boyne Berries 29 which will be launched either as a PDF or a paper version. Details of the launch will depend on the position as 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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