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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.

The 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.

The judges for the iYeats Poetry Competition 2017 were Jessica Traynor and Billy Ramsell.

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PRIZES

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

iYeats 2017 dates
• Entry Opens: Thursday 27th April
• Closing Date for entries: Friday 30th June
• Winners notified by Friday 14th July
• Results Publicly Announced: Friday 21st July

Please read Terms & Conditions before entering the competition.

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Judges Commentary 2017:

Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 iYeats International Poetry Competition. Judges Jessica Traynor and Billy Ramsell considered a large volume of entries. Reflecting the truly global impact of the competition; the 2017 winner is poet Tammy Armstrong, Nova Scotia, Canada, for her poem ‘The Varying Hare’. The emerging winner for poets of 16-25 years of age is Cynthia Miller, Birmingham U.K. with her work ‘The Last Hour on the Flight Deck’. 

On the task of selecting winning poems the judges Billy Ramsell and Jessica Traynor shared that “It’s a pleasure to declare ‘The Varying Hare’ by Tammy Armstrong the winner of this year’s iYeats competition. This is a special poem, one that manages to combine depth of ambition with deftness in execution, rendering, with enviable clarity, a crepuscular, fog-tinted milieu. Its uncanny, depopulated landscape is one readers are unlikely to forget as it leaves us ‘wrong edged’ and ‘thicket-blind’, lingering, despite ourselves, in the ‘animal time’ it so vividly conjures.

 

In the Emerging Category, 'The Last Hour on the Flight Deck' by Cynthia Miller stood out for us as an ambitious poem full of surprising and well-rendered details. From the air stewardesses who 'arch their feet inside boxy heels' to the dusk which 'siphons lavender shadows across the room', this is a poem which explores distance and dislocation through vivid, intimate imagery.”

 

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iYeats 2016
Judges: Moya Cannon and Colin Dardis
Winning poems 2016 here.                                                                                                          

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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.