Yeats Society Poetry Competition

Yeats Society Poetry Competition in memory of the late Seamus Heaney.

At the 2014 Yeats International Summer School, the Yeats Society Poetry Competition in memory of the late Seamus Heaney was announced.

The Judge for this competition is Paula Meehan, Ireland’s Professor of Poetry.

The Yeats Society is now accepting entries for the 2015 awards. The closing date is 1st May 2015.

The New Writing in Poetry Prize:

A poem in English of not more than 40 lines.

The Prize:

  • €500.00
  • A tuition scholarship to the 2015 Yeats International Summer School 26th July – 7th August 2015.
  • Participation in the Summer School Poetry workshop which will be faciliated by Eavan Boland on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August
  • The list of the five short-listed entries will be published on the Yeats Society website and newsletter.


Please read these carefully before entering your poem:

  1. Entrants may submit up to 3 poems.
  2. All entries must be in PDF form and be submitted via email to
  3. Poems must be a maximum of 40 lines.
  4. All poems must be the original work of a living author and must not have been previously published, self-published, published on a website or broadcast.
  5. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.
  6. No alterations may be made to poems once they have been submitted.
  7. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding the judge’s decision.
  8. Copyright will remain with the competitor, but the Yeats Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of the selected poems as it sees fit.
  9. Submission of a poem implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out above.
  10. Entries should arrive no later than 1st May 2015.

More about this competition at

Image Caption: Seamus Heaney Poem Image via Rebecca Siegel under Creative Commons