12 May 2012

The Millwheel Writers Poetry Competition 2012 (to benefit the Roscommon Women's Network, Ireland)

Post date: 12 May 2012
Deadline: 31 August 2012

The recently named Millwheel Writers had its beginnings as a support group for lone parents, when in September 2008 it transformed into a writers group. Millwheel writers meet in the Roscommon Women’s Network in Castlerea, County Roscommon in the Republic Of Ireland. The Millwheel Writers Poetry competition has been set up to raise funds for the Roscommon Women's Network.

  • Competition is open to all and there is no special theme...
  • Poems must be in English.
  • Poems must be original and unpublished in any form.
  • Maximum number of lines is 40.
  • Cost is 4 Euros per poem or 10 Euros for 3 poems.
  • Deadline for entry is 31st August 2012 7.00 pm.
  • No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Judges decision is final.
  • Only winners will be contacted personally.
  • Entries to the Millwheel Writers Poetry competition may be compiled in an e-book within one year of the closing date if there are enough submissions of quality.
  • Results will be published on website along with winning poems, and poets will be included in the e-book.
  • No present Millwheel writers or member of RWN staff are permitted to enter competition.


Gerry Boland writes poetry,short fiction and children's fiction. He has had poems published in The Stinging Fly, The Shop, Southword, The Stony Thursday Book, An Crannog and a number of overseas publications. He came third in the 2008 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. He gives creative writing workshops to schools throughout Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo, is the recipient of several literary bursaries from Roscommon County Council, and one from Dublin County Council.

His first collection of poems - Watching Clouds - was published by Doghouse Books in June 2011, the first book in a children's trilogy - A Rather Remarkable Grizzly Bear - was published in September 2011 by O'Brien Press, titled 'Marco Moves In'. It was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in the Junior Children's category. The other two books in the trilogy are due out in 2012.

He has had two travel books on Dublin published, the most recent of which was Strollers Guide to Dublin (Gill & Macmillan - 1999)


For submissions: enter online here

Website: http://www.millwheelwriters.com/
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