Calling All Poets: Here’s A Great Opportunity!

by February 12, 2016 1 comment

For all Mad Swirl Poets Everywhere!

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to visit the magical Emerald Isle and hang out with fellow poets – expenses paid. Also, you might find your submitted work published in the Festival Anthology, The Blue Max Review, 2016.

Read on and submit – but, never surrender.

The friendliest poetry festival in the world

Ireland’s friendliest poetry festival, the world famous Blackwater International Poetry Festival 2016 will run from Thursday July 28th to Monday August 1st. Readings and workshops will take place in Glanworth, Mitchelstown, Castletownroche, Donneraile and Fermoy. Submissions for the festival anthology The Blue Max Review are open from Wednesday February 10th to Wednesday March 9th and we proud to announce that the 2016 judge is the superb Dutch poet Tsead Bruinja. The winner will be flown to Ireland for the duration of the festival and their accommodation will be taken care of. The winning poem will be included in The Blue Max Review and the winner will have an official reading at the festival. The winning poet will additionally join the Festival Poetry Trail and will also tour with the other poets on the Festival Poetry Bus.

Submissions please to
• Poems submitted must be in English
• Poems submitted must be the work of the person submitting
• Maximum of three poems per submission
• Poets may submit once only
• Poems submitted must be unpublished
• Maximum of 50 lines per poem
• Poems must be sent as individual attachments on A4 sheets
• Poems must be in a Word Doc
• Submission costs are €15 for three poems
• Payment by PayPal via ‘Competitions’ on the festival website
• Poems submitted after March 9th will not be considered
• The judge’s decision is final
• The winner will be announced on the festival website and Facebook page April 3rd

“The festival was dreamed up by Gene Barry, an unstoppable poetry force in Fermoy. There were readings from mid-afternoon onwards into the small hours of the morning. The theme of the festival was ‘Inclusion’ and I thought Gene carried this off beautifully – there was an anthology launch from school children.”
Kim Moore England 2012 winner

“What I appreciated most was the sense of community, I had shopkeepers and customers in line at the post office asking about my poetry and people we’d only met days earlier greeted us on the street with hugs and smiles.
I know from my experience as an arts administrator that the economic impact of such events reaches far beyond the scheduled dates.”
Professor Erin Murphy USA 2013 winner

“Here poetry and town became one, not that everything came to a stop but not that it needed to either. We were busy with words, others were busy with appointments; the victory came in the mingling, the co-existence, the mutual respect. Nothing else mattered but bonhomie and honest words. In this, the readings in the town’s shops were no less a way of life than on any other day.”
Prof Daniel Roy Connelly Italy 2014 winner

“I was fortunate to win the Blackwater International Poetry Festival competition this year (2015) and attended the four days of the festival as a guest. It was the most marvelous experience from every point of view. To be immersed in an environment where poetry is the one focus and to share that experience with poets from around the world is an uplifting and quite spiritual event.”
Patrick Lodge Wales 2015 winner

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