Eligibility

The Award is open to poems of up to 70 lines published between 1st November 2016 and 1st October 2017 in any of the following contexts: a collection of poems by a single Irish Poet; an anthology of poetry; an established journal or magazine (established for at least six months within the eligible period).

Poems must be original.

All poems must have been published during the qualifying period.

The poet must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.

An individual poet may only enter one poem by an editor or the poet themselves through the submission page.

Entries will not be eligible where the poet is a member of the independent judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of Listowel Writers Week or the Irish Book Awards or a close family relative of any such persons or organisation.

Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the Awards’ executive body. Their decision will be final.

How to submit

Poems may only be submitted via the online form at www.writersweek.ie.

Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd September 2017.

The entry form must be completed in full and the poem attached as a doc or docx in the format detailed below.

Poems may be submitted by the poet themselves or the editor of the publication in which the poem appears, with full permission of the poet, with a maximum of one poem per poet.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry. The submitting party must undertake to support the IBAs campaign and if shortlisted, must attend the awards night courtesy of Listowel Writers Week.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry detailed on this page.

Format of Submissions

Submissions must be in a Word doc or docx format, typed in double line spaced and limited to 70 lines.

The document itself should be saved with the title of the poem ONLY as the file name.

The title of the poem and its host publication ONLYMUST appear in the header or footer of all pages in the document.

The poet’s identity must NOT appear anywhere on the document itself as all poems will be judged anonymously.  It it does appear on the poem submitted we will be unable to forward for adjudication.

The poet’s name, collection title and/or publisher must be detailed on the application form together with the date of publication.

Judging

All submissions will be judged anonymously, the long list read by an independent panel of judges to be confirmed. The judging panel will select the final four poems to be shortlisted.

The Judging Panel’s decision is final.

The shortlist will then be voted on by the public and the Voting Academy and will be available to be read online at www.writersweek.ie.

If there any queries with regard to the terms and conditions or indeed any aspect of the Award, these can be emailed to info@writersweek.ie.