Rialacha 2023: An Fiach Dubh Comórtas Filíochta

Fáilte roimh filíocht ó Éireann agus ó thar lear.
Ag glacadh iarrataisí ón 1ú Bealtaine 2023
Spriocdháta: 30ú Meitheamh (meán oíche)

Open to all writers national and international writers.
Opens for entries May 1st 2023.
Entries must be submitted by June 30th 2023.

Na Duaiseanna / Prizes: Iú Áit – €500,  2ú Áit – €300,  3ú Áit – €200

Moltóir / JudgePaddy Bushe 

Seo chuid de Fhéile Filíochta Fhine Gall a bheidh ar siúl 15ú-16ú Meán Fómhair 2023 

As Part of the Fingal Poetry Festival: September 15th -16th 2023


This competition will be open to national and international writers. Entries can be made online from May 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th, 2023.

The winner of the An Fiach Dubh Comórtas Filíochta will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place. 

We look forward to receiving your entries and very much hope to be able to meet you in Skerries at the festival in September. 

  • Open for entries from 1 May to 30 June 2023


  1. Open to national and international entrants, poems must be in Irish and 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 for An Fiach Dubh 2023, which will be avaiable here from 1 May2023, along with the poems’ titles and first lines.
    • 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 hope to invite the three winning entries to an awards ceremony in Skerries on September 16th, 2023.

How to Enter

Entries will open on 1 May 2023.

You will find PayPal and form details here from late April onwards.


1: Can I make changes to my poem after it has been submitted?

No.  Alterations cannot be made after you have submitted your entry so please check to ensure you are sending the correct version of the poem/s you want considered for the prize.   If however, you want to submit an altered or new version, you may only send it as another, separate entry, which will then incur another entry fee.  The judge will read and consider both entries.

2:  I have inadvertently left identifying details (name etc.) on my poem/s, will my entry be disqualified?

Yes.  However, if you find that you have done this in error, please resubmit your amended entry as soon as possible (at the latest by the end of the competition, 30 June 2023).

3: Are simultaneous submissions allowed?

Yes, although we strongly recommend against it.  If, however, you do wish to send your poem/s to a journal or another competition, you must contact us immediately in the event of your poem/s being accepted there or shortlisted/placed.   Your poem/poems will then have to be withdrawn from our completion and your entry fee cannot be refunded. 

4: Can I enter by Post?

No.  Entries can only be submitted through our online portal.

Support by Fingal County Council is gratefully acknowledged.
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