2021 Competitions

Competitions Guidelines


Poem – (50 lines max) Robert Leslie Boland Award

Short Story – (2,500 words max) Quiet Man Maurice Walsh Award

Dán – (50 línte ar a mhéad) no Gearrscéal (2,500 focal ar a mhéad) as Gaeilge. Duais Phádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair


Poem – (50 lines max) or Short Story (1,000 words max) in English – The Chrissie Nolan Creative Writing Award

Dán – (50 línte ar a mhéad) no Gearrscéal (1,000 focal ar a mhéad) as Gaeilge

Entry Fees: Adults €10, Children €5 for up to two entries in any combination

Prizes: Adults €150, €100 and €50 in each category; Children €100, €75 and €50 in the form of Book Tokens

Cheque or postal order to the address below, payable to Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival.


      Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival, Loughanes, Lisselton, Listowel, Co. Kerry

You can now also pay by PayPal payment system or Credit/Debit Card. Please go to ballydbardfest.com REGISTER page for instructions.

New Writing Challenge for the Senior Scribbler!

The Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Committee is delighted to announce a Special Prize:

                         – The James Award –

Sponsored by James, an outstanding poet and artist friend of the BBF from Santa Fe, New Mexico

For the best writing in any category, (Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Humour, Etc.) by a Writer

                   75 years young and above!

Poem 50 lines max; Prose 2500 words or less. Entry fee €5

Closing Date: May 31st, 2021



Rules for all competitions

  • Please put the category of your entry at the top of the page.
  • Please put your name and contact details on a separate sheet and not on your poem or short story. If using email, please include your name and contact details in a separate attachment.
  • Please type your entries and print on one side of paper only.
  • All entries must not have been previously published online or in print, nor must they be entered currently for competitions elsewhere.
  • Prizes: All adult competitions carry a First Prize of €150, Second Prize €100 and 3rd prize €50. Children’s prizes in the form of book tokens – First Prize of €100, Second Prize €75 and Third prize €50.
  • The competitions will be judged anonymously and the winners will be announced at the end of June, 2021.
  • The judge’s verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Judges for 2021 – Eileen Sheehan for entries in English and Louis Mulcahy for entries as Gaeilge.

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