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Trócaire/Poetry Ireland - Poetry Competition 2021

Trócaire & Poetry Ireland

Poetry Competition 2021

Pathways To Peace

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland launched their annual poetry competition on March 15th 2021. The closing date for entries was Friday 7th May 2021.

This year the competition explores the theme of conflict; how families who have lost their homes and loved ones to war are rebuilding their lives through love and friendship. Fleeing their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. Families trek through dangerous territory with no food or water for themselves or their children. When they reach safety, the struggle continues to earn money, grow food and attend school. But with pathways to peace and the support of others, they are able to start new lives based on love, friendship and kindness, and to try and put the pain of war behind them and begin again.

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, in no particular order, Daragh Bradish, Eileen Casey, Joseph Horgan, David Butler, Lorraine Carey, Angela T. Carr, Nicki Griffin, Afric McGlinchey, John Donaghy, 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:

ADULT
Published poets
Unpublished poets
POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate
PRIMARY SHOOLS
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class
Competition Calendar

Entries open: Monday 15 March 2021
Deadline for applications: Friday 7 May 2021
Awards Ceremony: Online Awards Ceremony on Culture Night, September 2021

How to Enter

Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. Full details are available on Poetry Ireland’s website or you can submit your entry here.

You can download the Competition Rules here.

More about the theme of ‘Pathways to Peace’

Exploring the Theme with Primary and Post-Primary Students

Younger poets in primary school can explore our fun educational materials with their teachers, and make the connection between their own experiences and those of children thousands of miles away.
Post primary students can browse our activities and resources to explore the issue of conflict through the SDGs, and can try out our exciting new Pathways to Peace Board Game to experience what it is like to flee your home because of conflict.

Further Reading for Adult Poets

Older students (18+) and adults may prefer to use Awut and Ajak’s stories as a springboard to a wider analysis of the broader issue of the conflict.

How do you feel about conflict and what might drive it in certain countries? What keeps you awake at night when you hear about stories like these? What do YOU think we, humanity, need to do? How should we support communities who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict? For further inspiration, read more about our Lenten Campaign.

 

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 202o

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland launched their annual poetry competition in Poetry Ireland’s headquarters on Parnell Square on Monday 20 January 2020. The closing date has been extended to Friday 1 May 2020, and winners will be notified during the summer.

Our competition is FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers, and there are some great prizes

Entries can be made online or by post. Full details are also available on Poetry Ireland’s website.

STANDING HER GROUND

This year’s theme is ‘Standing Her Ground’, using the extraordinary stories of Angela and Madris, two brave mothers in Honduras and Kenya featured in Trócaire’s 2020 Lenten Campaign, who are supporting their families by standing up for their right to earn a living on their land. These hardworking women are holding their families together, battling enormous odds, including threats like violence, intimidation and drought, to provide food for their children and to keep them in school.

Angela knows she is risking her life for the ones she loves: “Everyone in my house has been threatened. We watch the logging ravage the land,” she says. “They just come with their trucks. They leave poison water and lifeless earth behind.”

We are asking poets of all ages to consider how mothers like Angela and Madris are protecting and caring for their families, battling to keep their children, and the earth, safe from harm.

CATEGORIES FOR ENTRIES

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

ADULT
Published poets
Unpublished poets

POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate

PRIMARY SHOOLS
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class

Competition Calendar

Entries open: Monday 20 January 2020
Deadline for applications: Extended to Friday 1 May 2020
Winners notified: Summer 2020
Awards Ceremony: To be announced. 

HOW TO ENTER

Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. Full details are available on Poetry Ireland’s website or you can submit your entry here.

You can download the Competition Rules here.

Judges

The 2020 judging panel comprises Poetry Ireland’s Poet In Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, retired former director of the Curriculum Development Unit, and Joanne McGarry, Trócaire’s Campaigns Manager.

MORE ABOUT THE THEME OF ‘STANDING HER GROUND’

Exploring the Theme with Primary and Post-Primary Students

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