The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – now in its eighth year – attracts hundreds of entries from across the island of Ireland annually. Rory Duffy, who won first prize in 2019 for “A Guide to the Items Recovered from the Stomach of the Last Wild Whale” said, ‘My experience of The Red Line Book Festival was one of professionalism, engagement and great scope. The judges, facilities and discussion panel were a pleasure for someone new to writing like me and I would thoroughly recommend everyone to engage with the festival’.
This year, The Red Line Book Festival has invited award winning poet Peter Sirr to judge the competition.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 2020 Red Line Book Festival, which runs this year from October 12-18, 2020.
The closing date for entries is Mon 24th of August and entries will only be accepted by email. The shortlist will be announced on Mon 21st September, with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival.
The 2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition rules can be downloaded here.
The 2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition entry form can be downloaded here.
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 festival runs October 12-18, 2020. http://www.redlinebookfestival.ie
Peter Sirr has published ten poetry collections, of which the most recent are The Gravity Wave (2019), a Poetry Book Society recommendation and Sway (2016), versions of poems from the troubadour tradition. The Rooms (2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. The Thing Is (2009), was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. His novel for children, Black Wreath, was published in 2014. His radio dramas are broadcast on RTÉ the national broadcaster. He teaches literary translation in the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Trinity College and is a member of Aosdána,