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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition judged by Geraldine Mills & Gerard Reidy

Westport Arts Festival is running a poetry competition again this year in memory of their greatly missed friend, Dermot Healy. Judges, Geraldine Mills and Gerard Reidy.

Prizes: 1st prize-€500, 2nd prize-€200, 3rd prize-€100.

Cost of entry: €3 per poem, 4 entries for €10, unlimited entries.

Closing date for entries: Friday September 4th, 2015

THE RULES: Entries must not have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium. Entries must be the entrant’s own work. Entries should consist of no more than 40 lines. Entrants are advised to keep copies of their own work as entries will not be returned. The adjudicators will not enter into any correspondence concerning the competition. The decision of the adjudicators is final. You may enter as often as you like, provided entries are accompanied by the appropriate fees. Entries must be typed, using only one side of the page. No indication of the writer’s identity may appear on the poem(s) entered.

Postal entries and accompanying entry forms should be sent in an A4 envelope to: Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition, c/0 Westport Chamber of Commerce, The Fairgreen, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. All cheques accompanying postal entries should be made payable to Westport Arts Festival. Please do not enclose cash. 

Winners will be announced during the Festival on Thursday, Oct 1st 2015. Short- listed entrants will be notified one week in advance and invited to attend. There will be an Open Mic night at the Creel Restaurant, Westport Quay before the prize winners are announced.

Entry Form
For more information and to enter online visit

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