Poetry Competition 2017

International Poetry Competition 2017 – First Call

Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity is launching a new opportunity for poets around the world to support our work through poetry. Our competition will be judged by the wonderful poets and writers Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill (information below.) The Awards Ceremony will take place on the 9th June 2017 as part of the Crescent Arts Centre Book Festival.

Poems up to 40 lines are invited on the theme of ‘Solidarity’ for our inaugural poetry competition.

1st prize £200

2nd prize £75

3rd prize £25

Submit up to three poems: entry fee £5 for first poem, £8 for two and £10 for three.

Closing Date 30th April 2017

Contact tfspoetrycompetition@gmail.com for further information.


Deirdre Cartmill is a poet, writer and writing mentor based in Belfast. Her latest poetry collection The Return of the Buffalo was published by Lagan Press in 2013. Her debut collection Midnight Solo was published in 2004.

 

Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Maria’s poetry collections are We are Bone (Lagan Press 2013), The Cello Suites (Lagan Press 2009) – recorded with an original score composed and played by the cellist Tom Hughes, and Reading the Dog (Lagan Press 2006.)

Tools for Solidarity is a voluntary charitable organisation based in Belfast and Downpatrick which supports artisans and communities in some of the poorest countries in the world by providing high quality refurbished hand tools and machines. We collect, refurbish and ship out old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines to skilled tradespeople in Africa. This act of solidarity enables them to become more self-reliant and have some hope for the future.


This event is supported by the Crescent Arts Centre

TFS Poetry Competition Rules

  1. The closing date of the Competition is midnight on 30th April 2017. All entrants are invited to attend our Awards Night on 9th June 2017 in the Crescent Arts Centre.
  1. The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.
  1. Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4.
  1. Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published on online or broadcast. Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name MUST NOT appear on the poem.
  1. Poems must be written in English.
  1. No corrections can be made to poems entered, nor can fees be refunded.
  1. Entries cannot be returned. Please retain a copy of your work.
  1. If you require confirmation that your postal entry has arrived please enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  1. Copyright of each poem remains with the poet, but by entering the competition you give the organisers the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.
  1. The judges’ decision is final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.
  1. Shortlisted entrants will be notified during May, and the winners will be announced at the Awards Night on 9th June 2017 in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Submission and Payment Guidelines

  1. You may submit up to 3 poems. The entry fee is £5 for one poem, £8 for two and £10 for three.
  1. Submit by e-mail to tfspoetrycompetition@gmail.com or by post to: Tools for Solidarity, 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, BT7 3EX.
  1. Postal entries should be marked on the envelope ‘Poetry Competition’ and contain a separate cover letter giving the title of your poem/poems; your name, address, telephone and e-mail address if available. Your name and address must not appear on the poem. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Tools for Solidarity.’ If you require confirmation that your postal entry has arrived please enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  1. For online entries please pay your entry fee via the website www.toolsforsolidarity.com Click on ‘donations’ and follow instructions to pay by PayPal. (On our website this is done through a community administrator Ammado. You will be asked for name and address before being re-directed to Paypal.) Please copy and paste your Order ID to the subject heading of your e-mail entry, for example: ‘Poetry Competition: Order ID 609088’
  1. Poems should be sent as an attachment either as a Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please paste all your poems into one file. In the body of your e-mail please provide the title of your poem/poems; your name, address, telephone and e-mail address if available. Your name and address must not appear on your poem/poems. Online submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.