Waterford Poetry Prize applications now open

The Waterford Poetry Prize is now accepting applications for the 2022 competition.

It emerged from the influence of late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry continues to inspire people today.

The competition is open to all writers in Ireland, and winners will be announced on Friday 28th October at the Waterford Writers Weekend which is part of the Imagine Arts Festival.

The first prize is €400 and a place on the Molly Keane Writers Retreat in Ardmore, the second is €300 and a place on the Molly Keane writers course, and the third prize is €300.


Entries must be original and unpublished. If your entry has received awards or been submitted in other competitions it will be deemed ineligible.

Poet and writer Colm Keegan is the judge for this year's competition.

Entry requirements

Images are not to be submitted with your piece.

All entries should be typed and saved in either PDF or Word document format.


A limit of 40 lines applies and entries should be submitted via the Waterford Submit platform. You will be prompted to create an account unless you have previously entered the competition.

The submissions are being done online only, and images should not be included.

There is no entry fee or age limit, but if you are under 18 you must confirm you have a parent or guardian's consent to participate.

Author details are to be provided on the online entry form alone and none should appear on the work being submitted.

Previous winners of the competition cannot enter, and only one entry per person can be submitted.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 12th August at 12 noon. Late submissions will not be accepted by the online system.

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