2021 Competitions

Competitions Guidelines

Adults

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

Children

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.

Address: 

      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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