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The publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, are delighted to introduce the newly named The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize). Now in its seventh year, it continues to offer one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.
      

ABOUT THE PRIZE

Since its inception in 2011, the prize has been judged by such celebrated poets as Deborah Landau, Matthew Sweeney and Billy Collins.  
 
Winners of the prize have included Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2015.
 
The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.
 
Read about the last year's winner, Lee Sharkey, in the Irish Times and the Washington Times.





 
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THE JUDGE

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). 

This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra. Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry and its title poem. He recently published his third collection of poetry with Faber, British Museum, and teaches poetry at Brunel University London and is Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4.


HOW TO ENTER

The entry fee is €12 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.

CLOSING DATE 31 DECEMBER 2017
 
The shortlist will be announced in March 2018 and all four poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.

The winners will be invited to read at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in spring 2018.
 
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email enquiries@themothmagazine.com for more details.