Competition Rules: The Moth Poetry Prize 2021
Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 December 2021.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem.
You can write on any subject and there is no line limit.
Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published
online or broadcast.
You can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of €15 per poem).
Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender's name and
address on the back.
We can only accept postal orders from Ireland.
Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).
Receipt of entry
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of
receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas), or an email address.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to
publish the four shortlisted poems in the March 2022 issue and any relevant promotional material.
This year's judge is Warsan Shire. The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
8 prizes of €250 for commended poems
The shortlisted and commended writers will be notified by the end of February 2022.
The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2022 issue of The Moth.
The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2022.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in
Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to: