Patrick Kavanagh Society

Patrick Kavanagh Society

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019.
For a First Unpublished Collection of Poems in English

1. The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000.
2. The award is for an unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long-term resident in Ireland. Manuscripts accepted for publication shall be eligible only if the resulting collection of poems has not been published before the judge’s decision is announced.
3. No previous winner shall be eligible to enter again.
4. The collection of poems must be original and consist of 20 poems. Individual poems should not be more than 40 lines.
5. The only works eligible are unpublished or magazine published work. Entrants should not list the magazines where poems have been published or the prizes they have won as this might allow an entrant to be identified.
6. Two typed copies of the collection must be submitted with an entry form.
7. The author’s name should appear only on the entry form below and not on the typed copies.
8. The Patrick Kavanagh Society does not return manuscripts entered.
9. The adjudicator is Brian Lynch: His decision is final. He cannot enter into correspondence with entrants re their submission.
10. Patrick Kavanagh Society reserves the right to arrange with the poet a reading from their award winning entry at the Annual Kavanagh Commemoration at Inniskeen on the weekend beginning 27th September 2019.
The entry fee is €25/£25 and should be made payable to The Patrick Kavanagh Society.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 14th August 2019.


I agree to abide by the Rules of the competition.


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