As part of the Fingal Poetry Festival, due to take place from September 16th – 19th 2021, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Fingal Poetry Prize will be judged by esteemed poet and writer, Adam Wyeth. Open to national and international writers, entries can be sent from May 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th, 2021.
The winner of the Fingal Poetry Prize will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place. Once again, our generous sponsor is DHL Ireland.
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.
Open for entries from May 1st to 30 June 2021.
Rules and How to Enter:
1: Open to national and international entrants, poems must be in English, 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: Entry fee is €6.00 per poem. Up to 10 poems may be entered on any one entry form. If you wish to enter more than this, see note below.
3: Payment for entries is by PayPal. Please do this before completing the official entry form and note the PayPal Identity Receipt Number on the entry form. (This number will show on your screen after you’ve completed your payment and will also appear in your payment receipt email). 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.
4: 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. See link to the entry form below.
5: Submit your entry form. Then submit your poems (up to 10 as listed on form) as attachment/attachments with only your (poet’s) name and brief contact details in the body of an email to: email@example.com
NB: Your poem(s) must be in PDF or Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
6: The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Poems will not be returned and no alterations may be made to poems once they are submitted.
7: 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.
8: 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.
9: 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.
NB: If you wish to enter more than 10 poems, please use another entry form and make a separate payment by PayPal, as continue as outlined above, for these entries
The link to the entry form is here.
This year’s judge, Adam Wyeth
Adam Wyeth is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet, playwright and essayist with four books published with Salmon Poetry. In 2019 he received The Kavanagh Fellowship Award.
Wyeth is the author of Silent Music, Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and The Art of Dying, an Irish Times Book of the Year. In 2013 Salmon published his essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry. Wyeth’s plays have been performed across Ireland and also in New York and Berlin. His play This Is What Happened was published by Salmon in 2019.
His forthcoming collection about:blank (summer ’21) is a large poetical sequence, which blurs genre, moving across, poetry, prose and dialogue. It is currently in production as an immersive audio work performed by actors Owen Roe and Olwen Fouere. Wyeth recently received the Arts Council Ireland Literature Project Award to complete the work, alongside being selected for The Abbey Theatre’s development programme. Wyeth is an Associate Artist of the Civic Theatre, Dublin, and works on ideas and research for the RTE Poetry Programme. He teaches online creative writing correspondence courses at adamwyeth.com and Fishpublishing.com.
See also our April 2021 press release.