An Fiach Dubh – Irish Language Poetry Competition

Open to national and international writers of poetry in the Irish language, An Fiach Dubh poetry award is a new and exciting addition to the Fingal Poetry Festival due to take place from September 16th – 19th 2021. An Fiach Dubh – Irish Poetry Competition is kindly sponsored by Country Crest.

The winner of An Fiach Dubh will receive €500, with awards of €300 and  €200 for 2nd and 3rd place.  Entries open on May 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th. Judge/Moltóir in this inaugural year is esteemed poet and writer Aifric Mac Aodha.  

We look forward to receiving your entries and very much hope to be able to meet you in Skerries at the festival in September.  If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place at that time however, we will be running an alternative, online version of events, including the awards ceremony. Please keep checking our website for updates. 

In these difficult, uncertain times, when we find ourselves turning towards all that sustains us inwardly, poetry has never been so essential.

Opening for entries from May 1st to June 30th, 2021.

An Fiach Dubh 2021 –  Comórtas Filíochta 

Beidh an comórtas filíochta seo ar oscailt: 

1ú Bealtaine 2021       –     30ú Meitheamh 2021  (meánoíche)

Beidh sé ar oscailt do dhaoine a bhfuil cónaí orthu in Éirinn agus do dhaoine a bhfuil cónaí orthu in aon tír eile. 

An Chéad Duais:  €500                An Dara Duais:  €300                An Triú Duais:  €200 


1:   Open to national and international entrants, poems must be in Irish, must not exceed 40 lines, must be the original work of a living writer and must not have been previously published, self-published, broadcast, awarded or have appeared anywhere online.

2: Poems must be typed clearly. The name and contact details of entrant must not appear on the poems but must instead be entered on the official entry form.  (link to how to enter) 

NB: Your poem(s) must be in PDF or Word format.  No other formats will be accepted.

3: The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

4: Poems will not be returned and no alterations may be made to poems once they are submitted.

5:  Copyright of the winning poems will remain with the author but Fingal Poetry Festival reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast for the purposes of the festival.

6: We will acknowledge receipt of your entries.  Please make sure to check spam or junk folders. Successful poets will be notified in advance of the festival dates in September.

7:  We sincerely hope to invite the three winning entries to an awards ceremony in Skerries on September 18th.  If Covid restrictions are still in place, however, we will instead ask successful poets to pre-record their prize-winning poems for an online broadcast over the weekend of the festival.


1:   Entry fee is €6.00 per poem, payable by PAYPAL. Please enter and pay for only up to 10 poems at a time.

Go to to pay your fee, or simply click on the image below. Our PayPal account address is

Go to to pay the fee, then click on Send.

2. Please take a note of your PayPal Transaction ID (This number will show on your screen after you’ve completed your payment and will also appear in your payment receipt email).  You will need this to complete your Entry Form (see Point 3 below for Official Entry Form).

NB: If the name on the PayPal account you are using differs from your (poet’s) name, the name of this PayPal account must be entered in the space specified for this on the Official Entry Form.    

3. Please complete this Entry Form with your details and the title(s) of your poem(s), as well as your PayPal Identity Receipt Number. Submit your Entry Form. 

4. Then submit your poem(s) (up to 10 as listed by you on any one Entry Form) as attachment(s) to an email. Please enter only your (poet’s) name and brief contact details in the body of this email and send it to:    

5. We will acknowledge receipt of poem(s) and payment.

NB: If you wish to enter more than 10 poems, please use another Entry Form and make a separate payment by PayPal, as outlined above, for these entries. Submit these poems by a separate email as per Point 4 above.

The entry form is open now. Follow this link.

Moltóir / Judge: Aifric Mac Aodha

Tá Aifric Mac Aodha ag obair ina heagarthóir Gaeilge le Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Stinging Fly agus gorse. D’fhoilsigh An Sagart an chéad chnuasach filíochta léi, Gabháil Syrinx, sa bhliain 2010. Cuireadh dánta dá cuid i gcló ar irisí éagsúla, POETRY Young Irish Poets ina measc. Aistríodh a saothar go teangacha éagsúla, an Fhraincis, an Ghearmáinis, an Iodáilis, an Spáinnis agus an tSeicis san áireamh. Bhronn An Chomhairle Ealaíon mórchuid sparánachtaí uirthi. Is é Foreign News (The Gallery Press, 2016) an cnuasach is déanaí léi. Tá cónaí uirthi i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit a bhfuil sí ag obair ina heagarthóir cúnta leis an nGúm.

Aifric Mac Aodha is the Irish-language poetry editor of Poetry Ireland Reviewgorse and The Stinging Fly. Her first poetry collection, Gabháil Syrinx (The Taking of Syrinx), was published by An Sagart in 2010 and her poetry has been published in various magazines and journals, including POETRY Young Irish Poets. Her work has been translated to many languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Czech. She has been awarded several bursaries by The Arts Council. Her latest collection, Foreign News, with translations by David Wheatley, was published by The Gallery Press in 2017. She lives in Dublin where she now works for the Irish-language publisher, An Gúm.

See also our April 2021 press release.

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