Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival is delighted to announce its inaugural poetry competition. This year, the Festival will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Brendan Behan and his connections with Letterkenny. Considering Behan’s achievements through adversity, the theme for the poetry competition is Against the Odds.  Poets, interpret as you wish!

Five shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their entry at the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival and the winners will be announced at the event. The competition will be judged by Mary Turley-McGrath. Mary is a poet and writer who has published four collections of poetry.   

The Festival wishes to thank Bookmark, Letterkenny for sponsoring our prizes. The winner will receive €150 and runner-up €100. Three highly commended entries will receive book tokens. The closing date for entries is Friday 15th September 2023.

Submission guidelines:

  1. The poems must be the author’s own unpublished work on the theme provided.
  2. Entry is free. Entrants must be over 18 and from the island of Ireland. Entries to be in English, or Irish with a translation.   
  3. You may submit up to 3 poems, one submission per person. Maximum length of each poem to be 30 lines, excluding title. Entries should be typed in a clear font.
  4. Ensure that your name does not appear on the work. In the body of the email, please include contact details e.g. name, county and telephone number. 
  5. Five shortlisted entrants will be expected to read at the Festival in October 2023, please consider this factor when entering.
  6. Copyright remains with the author. 
  7. Entry to the competition implies acceptance of the rules. The judge’s decision is final.     
  8. Submit your work as a Word document by email to lkcqfest@gmail.com by the closing date of Friday 15th September 2023.  

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