Competitions 2019 – Deadline 28th Feb

Competitions 2019 Now closed. Thank you all for your support.


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 REGISTER page for instructions.

  • 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.

  • 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 by Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Kerry Writer-in-Residence, and the winners will be announced at The Festival Launch in The Thatch Bar, Lisselton on March 22nd.

  • The judge’s verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Remember – Deadline for submissions – February 28th, 2019 . Competitions now closed. Míle buíochas!

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