Submissions open for 2021 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

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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.

Monica De Bhailis’ Survivor was last year’s winning poem, which was subsequently featured on RTE 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.

Award-winning poet Seán Hewitt, will judge the competition entries this year.

He said: It’s such an exciting time for Irish poetry, and I can’t wait to read the work of Ireland’s new and aspiring poets.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 27th August 2021 at 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.

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