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Submissions open for Irish Poem of the Year 2023

Listowel Writers’ Week and An Post Irish Book Awards have opened entries for this year’s Irish Poem of the Year

Listowel Writers’ Week and An Post Irish Book Awards have announced that entries for the Irish Poem of the Year 2023 are now open. The closing date for entries is the 31st July 2023.

Previous winners of Irish Poem of the Year include:

2022 Wedding Dress by Martina Dalton

2021 Longboat at Portaferry by Siobhan Campbell

2020 In the Museum of Misremembered Things by Linda McKenna

2019 Salt Rain by Audrey Molloy

2018 Birthday by Brian Kirk

2017 Seven Sugar Cubes by Clodagh Beresford Dunne

2016 In Glasnevin by Jane Clarke


The Award is open to poems of up to 70 lines published between 1st November 2022 and 31st October 2023 in any of the following contexts: a collection of poems by a single Irish Poet; an anthology of poetry; an established journal or magazine (established for at least six months within the eligible period).

Poems must be original.

All poems must have been published during the qualifying period.

The poet must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence (10+ years).

An individual poet may only enter one poem by an editor or the poet themselves through the submission page.

Entries will not be eligible where the poet is a member of the independent judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of Listowel Writers’ Week or the Irish Book Awards or a close family relative of any such persons or organisation.

Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the Awards’ executive body.

Their decision will be final.

For guidelines on how to submit and further information please see here.