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The iYeats Poetry Competition is an annual, online, international poetry competition which has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges. The competition is open to all those 16 years of age and upwards. We award an overall prize across the board of entries and an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age.

PRIZES
General category: First Prize €500
Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

The iYeats Poetry competition was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats.

iYeats 2016 dates pending .... see iYeats Terms & Conditions for more information.

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iYeats 2015 - In all there were 204 entries with 23 emerging poems amongst them. A big congratulations and thank you from all of us here at the Hawk's Well. Without your poems we would have no iYeats poetry to look forward to every year. Below is a commentary from our 2015 judges; Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan, on the overall standard of the competition entries and those they chose to commend. 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth and the 7th anniversary of the iYeats competition. We certainly had a fortuitous year with a fantastic quantity and quality of entries. We are delighted to announce the winning and commended poets are as below.

iYeats Winners & Highly Commended Poems 2015:

1st Prize – General Category
Caroline Bracken Ward Warning

Caroline Bracken's poems have been published in Skylight 47, The Clare Champion, The Ogham Stone, The Scaldy Detail, Headspace, The Gathering Poem and The WOW Anthology. She was the winner of the Writing.ie/Anam Cara Poetry Competition (2013). Other poems have been shortlisted or commended in the Bridport Prize (2014), Listowel Writers Week (2015), Poets Meet Painters (2014), Swift Satire Festival (2014). Forthcoming work will be published in Dermot Healy: Writing the Sky - Critical Essays and Observations edited by Keith Hopper and Neil Murphy. One of her poems was chosen by competition to be exhibited at The Colour of Poetry Exhibition, Northern Health and Social Care Trust. She was recently selected by Words Ireland as a candidate for their mentoring scheme in association with Poetry Ireland. Her mentor, Grace Wells, is assisting her in the compilation of her poems into a debut collection which she hopes to publish. She was awarded a bursary to attend the 2015 John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh. She lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

1st Prize – Emerging Category
Ming Yan Lee Dead Ends

Ming Yan Lee is 18 years old and from Hong Kong. She is hoping to study a language-related field after her gap year. In her spare time, she participates in local poetry contests and contributes regularly to her school magazine.

Highly Commended (in alphabetical order by poem)

Dirt – Aminah Hughes
Dividing Hostas - Michael Farry
Fassaroe - Caroline Bracken
He meets his brothers - Michael Farry
Legacy – John Murphy
Michaelmas Daisies - Majella Kelly
Over - Liz Gallagher
Peonies  - Peggie Gallagher (biog below)
Simon Barking - Michael O'Connor (biog below)
While the Coroner Waits - Donna O'Shaughnessy (biog below)

Donna O'Shaughnessy is a senior at The University of Illinois majoring in Creative Writing. A 30 year veteran Registered Nurse who specialized in hospice care, she recently completed the Irish Studies Summer course at NUIG (National University Ireland, Galway) She is an avid blogger, http://tpfarm.blogspot.com/, who resides in Central Illinois with her husband Keith on a small self sufficient farm where they homestead full time.

Michael O’Connor lives in Ballybrack, Co Dublin and teaches in St Nicholas Montessori College, Dun Laoghaire since 1988. He was a prizewinner in the Troubadour International Poetry Competition 2011. His poem Epiphany was commended in the Dromineer Poetry Competition 2013. His poems have also been published in the Literature Today Anthology and the WOW! anthologies for 2010, 2014 and 2015. He has four children and a grand-daughter called Saoirse.

Peggie Gallagher lives in Sligo. Her work has appeared in literary journals in Ireland, England and North America. Shortlisted for Strokestown International and Gregory O’Donoghue poetry awards. Winner of the Listowel Poetry Collection prize, 2012. Her first collection, Tilth, is published by Arlen House.
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Judges Commentary 2015: Jane Clarke & Dave Lordan

We are glad to say that there was a bumper entry to the competition this year. Congratulations first of all to everyone who entered and made the substantial creative effort it requires to produce a poem. Such effort is never wasted. The diversity of styles, themes and poetic voices we encountered gives cause for great optimism about the future of poetry in Ireland. Many poems were of or close to publishable standard. Among those we chose to highly commend in the General Category, we found evidence of an extra effort, an extra insight, an extra range, an extra layer, an extra something that set our poetic antennae tingling, provoked our curiosity, encouraged re-reading and led both of us to praise the artistry on show and contemplate the shaded meanings. Well done to all those poets; it was a delight to encounter your work.

The poem which stood out for both of us in the Emerging Category, ‘Dead Ends’, is an intense, moving poem in which striking language and imagery is carried by the music of the lines through resonating sounds. The winning entry, ‘Ward Warning’ was one we both zoned in on as exhibiting a superior understanding of the relationship between form and meaning in the short poem, as well as being an original and evocative handling of the unfortunately all too-topical theme of mental illness. We heartily congratulate both winning poets and look forward to reading more of their work in the future.

Congratulations to one and all, we hope this will prove as an encouragement to continue on with your writing.

                                                                                                                                

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iYeats 2015
Judges: Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan.
Winning poems 2015 here.

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iYeats 2014
Judges: Peter Sirr and Catherine Phil McCarthy.
Winning poems 2014 here.

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iYeats 2013
Judges: Katie Donovan and James Harpur
Winning poems 2013 here.

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iYeats 2012
Judges: Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan
Winning poems 2012 here.

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iYeats 2011
Judges: Gerald Dawe and Enda Wyley. 
Winning poems 2011 here.

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iYeats 2010
Judges: Vincent Woods and Rita Ann Higgins.
Winning poems 2010 here.

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iYeats 2009
Judges: Niall MacMonagle and Mary Branley
Winning poems 2009 here.