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Trócaire’s Poetry Ireland Competition

The Trócaire Poetry Ireland poetry competition for 2020 is open for entries.

Trócaire’s annual poetry competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. The annual competition opens for entries in spring each year, with an awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland in late May. The competition is open to published poets, unpublished poets, spoken word poets and students.

2020 Theme: ‘Standing Her Ground’

This year the competition explores the theme ‘Standing Her Ground’, inspired by the extraordinary stories of hardworking women who are holding their families together, battling enormous odds, including threats like violence, intimidation and drought, to provide food for their children and are battling to keep their children, and the earth, safe from harm.

Poets of all ages are encouraged to explore the theme, from a local to global perspective.

Categories for entry

The competition is always FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers. Many published poets have participated in the competition, including Daragh Bradish, Eileen Casey, Joseph Horgan, David Butler, Lorraine Carey, Angela T. Carr, Nicki Griffin, Afric McGlinchey, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Ann Joyce, Karen O’Connor, Wilma Kenny, Mary Turley-McGrath, Eleanor Hooker, Jane Clarke, Geraldine Mitchell, David Mohan and Breda Joy.

Poems in English or Irish, written or spoken word, are welcome in all six categories:

1. Published poets
2. Unpublished poets

3. Junior: 1st-3rd year
4. Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate

5. Junior: 3rd/4th Class
6. Senior: 5th/6th Class

Competition calendar

Entries open: Monday 20 January 2020
Deadline for applications: Friday 20 March 2020
Winners notified: 27 April 2020
Awards Ceremony: Late May 2020, National Library of Ireland