Monday, February 29, 2016

WOW Awards Win.

I'm honoured and delighted that my poem, Brain Scan, won first prize in the WOW Awards, poetry section, in Galway on Friday evening. Congratulations to all the winners and to the judges, Jane Clarke and Annemarie Neary. A special thank you to the organizers, Ger and Tony.

It was a great evening in the Crane Bar with the launch of Crannog 41 as well. Some great poems and stories read on the night by writers, some of whom who had travelled distances to be there.

The full results are on the WordsOntheWaves website. The anthology which contains all the short listed poems and stories is available for purchase here on the website.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

National Student Poetry Competition 2016

Windows Publications in association with Cavan Arts, Cavan Heritage Office & Cavan Crystal Hotel announce the 24th National Student Poetry Competition 2016. Adjudicated by Heather Brett & Noel Monahan.    €100 1st Prize in each category. Closing Date 16th March 2016.                                                                                
Entry to this competition is free and can be on ANY subject. Entrant details (name, age, school & contact number) MUST be clearly marked on the BACK of each entry if posting work or at the end of the work if sending by email. Poems should NOT have been published before or won a prize in any other competition, and must be the student’s OWN work.

Entries accepted online as well as by post and from individuals as well as entries sent by schools. Class poems and poems written by groups of students are acceptable but there will be only one prize given per winning poem.

Feel free to illustrate your work as we may use it with poetry if publishing.  

Please send entries to: or by post to Windows/Cavan Crystal Poetry Competition, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Rd. Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland on or before 16th MARCH  2016, clearly stating the category you are entering.

The award ceremony will be held in Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm. It is a condition of the awards that top prize winners must be present at the ceremony before a prize can be awarded.

Junior Category- Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in primary or national school education or equivalent. (8-12/13 years).                                                                                                    
Senior Category- Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in second level education or equivalent. (12-18 years).                                                                                                                            
Irish Language Category - Open to all students between 10–18 years old.  

Special Additional Category to Celebrate the 1916 -2016 Centenary, can be in Irish Language or English. Open to students in County Cavan schools ONLY between ages 10–18 years old. Prizes awarded by the Cavan Heritage Office.

All rules as general Windows Competition rules.                
Enquiries: 0870534737 or 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I Am Dublin flash fiction competition.

Deadline approaching for this competition from the Irish Writers Centre: 

I Am Dublin flash fiction
For any flash fiction practitioners out there, the deadline for the 'I Am Dublin' competition is just around the corner: Monday 15 February.

We're looking for your finest fictitious words about our fair city. This is a bilingual competition with submissions in Irish encouraged which will be judged by the wonderful Dermot Bolger and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

Winners will be invited to read in a showcase alongside some stalwarts of the Dublin literary scene including Gavin Corbett, Paula McGrath and Eilís Ní Dhuibhne.

You don't have to be a Dubliner to enter!

Lots of great events, course and readings at the Centre in spring. Check out the website.