Rules and Information 2022: Fingal Poetry Prize Competition

As part of the 2022 Fingal Poetry Festival, September 15th – 18th 2022, this year’s Fingal Poetry Prize was judged by esteemed poet and writer, Iggy McGovern.

The winners were recently announced. All details are here on our blog.

Iggy McGovern was born in Coleraine and lives in Dublin, where he is Fellow Emeritus in Physics at Trinity College. He has published three collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005), Safe House (2010) and The Eyes of Isaac Newton (2017). Awards include the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. He edited the anthology 20|12: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines (Dedalus / Quaternia Press 2012). A Mystic Dream of 4 (Quaternia Press 2013) is a sonnet sequence based on the life of 19th century mathematician, William Rowan Hamilton. Making Waves, a sonnet sequence based on the life of physicist Erwin Schrödinger, was published by Quaternia Press in 2021.

Open to national and international writers, entries could be sent from May 1st and closed at midnight on June 30th, 2022.

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 very much hope to be able to meet you in Skerries at the festival in September. 

  • The competition was open for entries from 1 May to 30 June 2022


  1. Open to national and international entrants, poems must be in English 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, 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 17th, 2022.

See also our 2022 FAQs.

How to Enter

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

  1. First go to to pay your fee, or simply click on the image below. Our PayPal account address is so
  1. 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).
  2.  Please complete the official 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. 
  3.  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:   Remember: The name and contact details of entrant must not appear on the poems.

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.


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 2022).

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.

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