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THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE 2020 IS NOW OPEN!

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

This year we are changing the format slightly, so that a further eight poets will receive monetary awards.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Claudia Rankine, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.  
 
Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection). 

The winner of The Moth Poetry Prize 2019 was the Australian poet Damen O’Brien. You can read more about Damen and his poem ‘The Nave’ in the 
Irish Times. All four shortlisted poems appeared in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth. 

‘The great thing about winning with this poem is that I have actually submitted it to several journals and other competitions without success. Sometimes you have to give up on your favourites, but sometimes it is worth ignoring the feedback and sticking with your gut. I am glad I did with this poem.’ Damen O’Brien


THE JUDGE

Nick Laird will judge The Moth Poetry Prize 2020. Laird is the recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He has published three collections of poetry with Faber. He is currently Chair of Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast and an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.


HOW TO ENTER

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a no line limit, and the poems can be on any subject.

The entry fee is €15 per poem. 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 your poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768. 

**If you are concerned about formatting online, please go through the online process and then email your poem as a Word attachment  with your entry number directly to enquiries@themothmagazine.com.** 

Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

CLOSING DATE 31 DECEMBER 2020

The shortlist will be announced in March 2021 and the four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth.

The overall winner of €6,000 will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2021.

Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email enquiries@themothmagazine.com for more details.