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Sunday, September 11, 2011

13th Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2011

Ledwidge's Cottage & Museum, Slane, Co. Meath

First prize is the Ledwidge plaque inscribed with the winner's name.  There are cash prizes for second and third prize and the top three winning entries are entered in the Forward Prize UK.  The winner will be asked to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2012.   Commended entries receive certificates.  I had a poem commended two years ago but I had no placement last year.  Michael Farry and Evan Costigan of Boyne Writers usually do very well in this competition and Tommy Murray was commended also last year I think.  So expect stiff competition if you do enter.  Rachael Hegarty won last year.  It would be great to see a Meath based writer win this competition since Ledwidge was one of our own.

Poems must be 40 lines or less, be the writers own work and have never been previously published or broadcast.  Place your name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet.  The entry fee is 4 euro per poem and 10 euro for three poems.  Include a stamped addressed envelope or an email address for a winners list. 

All entries must be submitted before Saturday, 5th November to:

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2011,
C/o 43, Emmet Crescent,
Dublin 8.


  1. Thanks Orla.
    I've never really been enticed by the prize myself though

  2. As the last of the entries to our annual poetry competition are arriving this week I would like to thank everyone who contributed. It looks as though we might equal last year’s exceptionally high number of participants. Good to see entries again this year from Canada and America. The Inchicore Ledwidge Society receive no funding whatsoever and the Society’s expenses for the Competition are met by the entry fees, with any shortfall being made up out of our own personal funds. We have managed to keep the competition going for the past 13 years while a lot of other competitions have ceased to exist from lack of support. Thankfully not everyone who participates is motivated with a desire to get rich quick through writing poetry or entering competitions. Previous winners have expressed their delight in receiving the beautiful Ledwidge Plaque. Moreover they have continued as past winners to compete in future years and also to support our Ledwidge Day Annual Commemoration at Islandbridge.