Rules and Information 2023: Fingal Poetry Prize Competition

As part of the 2023 Fingal Poetry Festival, September 15th – 16th 2023, this year’s Fingal Poetry Prize will be judged by esteemed poet, creative writing teacher, and dramaturg, Jessica Traynor.

Open to national and international writers, entries could be sent from May 1st and closed at midnight on June 30th, 2023.

The winner of the Fingal Poetry Prize will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place. 

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

  • The competition will be open for entries from 1 May to 30 June 2023


  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 the 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 Saturday, September 16th, 2023.

See also our FAQs below.

How to Enter

Entry 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.

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