Submissions Now Open for the 2021 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

10 Jun, 2021

Submissions Now Open for the 2021 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

Red Line Book Festival is calling on aspiring poets to submit their work for the 2021 Red Line Book Festival poetry competition.

Now in its ninth year, the prestigious competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually. The 2020 winner was Monica De Bhailis for her poem Survivor which was subsequently read on RTÉ Radio One The Poetry Programme.

The winning poet will win a cash prize of €300. There is also a cash prize of €200 for second place and €100 for third place. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the 2021 Red Line Book Festival, which runs 11th - 17th October.

This year, Red Line Book Festival is honoured to have poet Seán Hewitt judge the competition entries.

The closing date for entries is Friday 27th August 2021 [5pm] and entries will only be accepted by email. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 20th September 2021, with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival.

The 2021 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition rules can be downloaded here.

The 2021 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition application form can be downloaded here.

Please submit your application via email to poetrycompetition@sdublincoco.ie.

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THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. The 2021 festival runs October 11th - 17th. http://www.redlinebookfestival.ie

SÉAN HEWITT’s debut collection, Tongues of Fire (Cape, 2020), was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (2020), the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize (2021) and a Dalkey Literary Award (2021). He is a Poetry Critic for The Irish Times and teaches at Trinity College Dublin. His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide, is forthcoming with Jonathan Cape (UK) and Penguin Press (USA) in 2022. He lives in Dublin.