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The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016


December 31, 2016


Opportunity Cover Image - The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016


Launched in 2011, The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize has quickly established itself as one of the most sought after prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem.
Every year, a single judge is asked to choose four winning poems, to feature in the spring issue of The Moth. An overall winner is then announced at a special award ceremony in Dublin in the spring. The winner receives Ђ10,000. Each of the other shortlisted entrants receive Ђ1,000.  It is with thanks to the support of Ballymaloe Cookery School and Darina Allen that The Moth is able to run this prize and enrich the careers of poets far and wide. 
You can read about the winner of last year's Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in the Irish Times and the Huffington Post. 


This year’s judge Deborah Landau’s ‘killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath – leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,’ according to the Los Angeles Times. Her latest collection The Uses of the Body featured on the ‘Best of 2015’ lists in The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed and O, The Oprah Magazine. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.


The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is Ђ12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like. 

You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland. Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter. The shortlist will be announced in March 2017 and all four poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.  
Call 00 353 (0)49 4362677 or email for more details.

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June 02, 2016


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