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iYeats Poetry Competition 2016 open for entries

iYeats Poetry Competition 2016 open for entries
4 May, 2016

The Hawk’s Well Theatre fosters the importance of poetry with two competitions annually. The iYeats Poetry Competition is now open for entries.
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. An overall prize is awarded as well as an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age.

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. Now in its 8th year running, the Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth through encouraging poets around the world.
iYeats 2016 dates for your diary -
• Closing date for entries: Fri 1 July, 2015 at 5pm
• Winners will be notified by: Monday 18 July, 2015
• Results publicly announced: Wed 27th July, following the second Yeats Summer School lecture.
Judges for 2016 are Colin Dardis and Moya Cannon.
Colin Dardis is a poet, editor, freelance arts facilitator, creative writing tutor and mental health advocate, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.   He is one of Eyewear Publishing's Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, and currently an ACES (Artists Career Enhancement Scheme) '15-16 recipient from Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Colin is also the founder of Poetry NI and online editor for Lagan Press. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA.
Moya Cannon has published five collections of poetry, her most recent being Keats Lives (2015) from Carcanet Press. Her poems reflect preoccupations with landscape and seascape, with archaeology, with music, with language itself and with our visceral attachment to the beauty of the earth. The work sings of deep connections – the impulse to ritual and pattern that, across centuries, defines us as human, a web of interdependences that continue to sustain the ‘gratuitous beauty’ of our endangered earth. Her previous collection, Hands, (Carcanet Press, 2011) was nominated for the 2012 Irish Times/Poetry Now Award.

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