lavender ripple horse whistle urgent
Each Tuesday before midday (GMT), from the 16th of April 2013, five words are posted on this competition page, as per above. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that must include all five words.
At noon next Tuesday, these words will no longer be eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty weeks, until the last week of January 2014.
A prize of 500 euro will be awarded to one winner, and if available, then invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s seventh anniversary event, on Monday 14th of April, 2014 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol VII – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.
A panel of poets from the Ó Bhéal board will adjudicate, and a shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March, 2014.
The five words offered each week for 2013-14 have been sourced from the audiences of the first fifty Five Word Challenges (held each Monday evening during 2007-8 at Ó Bhéal – with a few extra words added due to deletion of duplicates). They are then selected from this list randomly.
attached in a word document, together with your full name and contact details (phone number and email address).
or by post (postmarked by Tuesday at latest) to:
Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition
c/o: The Long Valley
For postal entries, names and contact details should be on a separate page to the poem. As usual practice, all poems received are logged and numbered by an allocated filter programmer so that judges do not see the names of the entrants. Entries should not be sent via the five words submissions email link on the home page, which is for non-competition entries, written and performed live during each Monday evening event – from words offered up in random by the audience.