Red Line Book Festival

2017 Poetry Competition winners

There was a great turn out yesterday for the poetry awards judged by Mary O'Donnell. Thank you to everyone who showed up, and a big thank you to all of our talented participants who made the shortlist, you were all amazing. Congratulations to our overall winners. The poetry winners are announced as follows:- 

First Prize:           Evan Costigan    The Lean Season

Second Prize:     Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin  Six Ways to Wash Your Hands (Ayliffe 1978)

Third Prize:         Benjamin Keatinge  Spring, Ballintemple

Shortlist for The 2017 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition announced!

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted poems, judged by Mary O'Donnell, in The 2017 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition! 
The shortlist, in alphabetical order by title, is: 

Digital shadow Orla Fay
The flight of the spiderlings
Paul McMahon
Home leave John Davies
The imaginary daughter
Alyn Fenn
The lean season Evan Costigan
Metamorphosis Alyn Fenn

Preparation Donna Deeks

Six ways to wash your hands (Ayliffe 1978) Annemarie Ní Churreáin
The sleepover lie James Anthony
Spring, Ballintemple Benjamin Keatinge
A subjective history of orchids Rachel Coventry

There was no funeral Jessamine O’Connor
Tweets Felicia McCarthy

Shortlisted entrants are invited to read their work at our Poetry First event in the Civic Theatre on Wednesday 11th Oct, where the winners will be announced. 
Alongside our Poetry Awards Ceremony, we will also be having a panel discussion on First Collections, chaired by Nessa O'Mahoney, and featuring Brian Kirk, Eamonn Lynskey and Phil Lynch. Tickets for this bumper event are free, but booking is essential. Click here to book. 

Congratulations again to all our shortlisted poets, and we look forward to hearing you read in the 2017 Red Line Book Festival!

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland! This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, renowned poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. Download the Entry Form in Word format and the Competition Rules in Word format. Download the Entry Form in PDF and the Competition Rules in PDF. 

The closing date for entries is Friday 11th August 2017.

Red Line Poetry Competition Rules

• The winners of this competition will receive the following prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200 3rd Place €100

A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted.

• Poems should be in English and be a maximum of 40 lines (not including the title and spaces between stanzas).

• There is no theme - your poem(s) may be on any subject of your choosing

• Each entered poem, including its title, should be typed single-spaced in a standard 12 point font on one side of a single A4 sheet. No fancy/coloured/oversized fonts or images please!

• All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.

• The competition is open to anyone living on the island of Ireland.

• Closing date for entries is Friday 11th August 2017. No entries will be accepted after this date.

• Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published either in print or on a website, not be currently submitted or accepted for future publication. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in another competition.

Entrants must not have published a full collection of poems at the time of entry.

• Only hard copy entries will be accepted. Please retain a copy, as entries cannot be returned.

• Please complete the entry form (available to download from and send it along with a stamped self-addressed envelope and your poem/s to:

Red Line Poetry Competition

South Dublin Library HQ

Unit 1

The Square Industrial Complex


Dublin 24

The Closing Date for receipt of ALL entries is: August 11th 2017.

• Poems cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered.

• Poems are judged anonymously. The entrant’s identity must not appear alongside the poems.

• The adjudicator’s verdict is final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries. Shortlisted entrants only will be notified.

• Winners will be announced at an event during the Red Line Book Festival in October 2017 where they will be invited to read their winning poems. (Travel to the event will be at entrant’s own expense.)

• Copyright stays with the author but Red Line Book Festival reserves the right to publish winning and short listed poems on its website and/or in print.

No employee of South Dublin Libraries may enter the competition.

Mary O’Donnell is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. Her seventh collection, Those April Fevers, was published in 2015 by Arc Publications (UK). Other collections include September Elegies, Unlegendary Heroes, and her selected poems, The Place of Miracles. Fiction includes the novel Where They Lie. and The Elysium Testament. In 2016, she guest-edited the Limerick journal The Stony Thursday Book. Her first novel, The Light-Makers (1992) will be re-issued by 451 Editions in summer 2017. Among her awards are the James Joyce Ireland-Australia Award, the Listowel Writers’ Week Fiction Prize, the Fish International Short Story Prize, as well as a residency at the Irish College in Paris (2012). She was co-winner of the Irodalmi Jelen Award for Poetry in Translation (Hungary) in 2012. She currently teaches Poetry at Galway University’s School of Creative Writing and has a special interest in the translation of poetry. She is a member of the peer-elected arts organisation Aosdana.