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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.

PRIZES

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

iYeats 2018 dates
• Entry Opens: Monday 14th May
• Closing Date for entries: Monday 2nd July 11am (GMT) 
• Winners notified by Monday 17th July
• Results Publicly Announced: Tuesday 17th July

Please read Terms & Conditions before entering the competition.

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The judges for the iYeats Poetry Competition 2018 were Martin Dyar & Grace Wells

Judges Commentary 2018

On the task of selecting winning poems the judges Grace Wells & Martin Dyar shared that “With extraordinary heart and delicacy, ‘New York, It Had a Ring to it’ brings together themes of immigration, resilience and love. It also presents a subtle evocation of the life of the imagination: the poem’s protagonist is defined as much by vision and verbal sensitivity as by hurt and desperation. There’s additional power in the poem’s uncanny spoken style, the effect of which is deepened by the decision to let punctuation and capitalisation bow to the felt reality of the narrative. But if ‘New York, it Had a Ring to it’ incorporates the rhythms and the intimacy of speech, it is also charged with an original urgency of passion. The beautiful closing line, emerging as it does from a sequence of dynamic and resonating images, reveals the hallmark of true poetic skill, and transports the reader to a place of profound feeling.”

Regarding the Emerging Category's winning poem, Martin Dyar and Grace Wells commented; “The poem ‘Helen’ is a new and invigorating poetic engagement with an old poetic source. There are remarkable achievements in the way the poet has located the humanity of the original myth and in their skill in presenting it through the medium of a voice that compels with a sense of real experience. But though we, as readers, directly access a vividly imagined world, the words which transport us are not simple; rather, they are deliberately strange, beguilingly original. ‘Helen’ is replete with confident abstractions and brilliantly arranged metaphoric gestures. And yet the poem’s intelligent obliqueness is no obstacle to understanding. To read ‘Helen’ is to encounter a subtle-minded, passionate character, a spirit dwelling in a poem.”

 

 

 

iYeats 2017
Judges: Jessica Traynor and Billy Ramsey
Winning poems 2017 here.         

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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.