7th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition
Five Words Poetry Competition

 
January 21st – 28th 2020

 
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Competition Overview

Every Tuesday around noon (UTC), from the 16th of April 2019 until the 28th of January 2020, five words will be posted on this competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week.

The 2019/2020 (7th) competition will run for 41 weeks.


Prize

A prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, who, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s twelfth anniversary event, on Monday the 13th of April 2020. An additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this. The winner also receives a physical award, hand-crafted by acclaimed glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray.

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol XIII – the next annual anthology of five word poems, to be launched at the same event. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced by the first week of March 2020.

The 2019/20 judges are Michael Ray and Afric McGlinchey.

The five words offered each week for the 7th Five Words competition (2019-20) are sourced from Ó Bhéal’s seventh year of live Monday evening Five Word Challenges (held during 2013-14). A small, varied selection of additional words are also used due to deletion of duplicates, colloquialisms, etc.


Submission Guidelines

Download your submission form here.

Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact within your syntax, you’re welcome to pluralise, join or even split the word to form two adjoining words. Poems should be newly written, during the relevant 7-day period. There is no limit to quantity of entries, although each payment and submission should be made separately.

NB** Entrants should be at least 18 years of age at the date of submission.

Entries to be sent no later than 12pm on the relevant Tuesday.

Submissions carry a 5 euro entrance fee.

Payment should be made via this paypal button before continuing.



Once payment is made, please copy your poem into the completed submission form (one poem per form), and email to

fivewords [at] obheal.ie

or by post (postmarked by Tuesday at latest) to:

Ó Bhéal
Five Words Poetry Competition
c/o Civic Trust House
50 Popes Quay
Cork
Ireland

For postal entries, please print out and complete the submission form, and post together with your attached poem (on which nothing other than the title and poem appear).

Email entries should only be sent via the above email address, not via the submissions [at] obheal [dot] ie email link on the home page, which is only for non-competition entries, written and performed live during each Monday evening event from words derived randomly by the audience.

Best of Luck!



6th Five Words Competition Results, announced 3rd March 2019



Judges: Bernadette McCarthy and Matthew Geden

 

Monolith by Mary Anne Smith (England) winner
The Idea of Snow by by Jenny Pollak (Australia) highly commended
My grandmother goes
to the temple
by Sophia Li (USA) highly commended
The Lyric Impulse by Steve Xerri (England) highly commended
Omens by Joan Gooding (England)
Detachment by Geraldine McCarthy (Ireland)
Peckham Flaneur by Giles Constable (England)
La Llorona /
Weeping Woman
by Derek Sellen (England)
What you woke to by Steve Xerri (England)
Karst Landscape by Gillian Laker (England)
Vardo by Jill Munro (England)
Nexus by Tamara Miles (USA)



 



5th Five Words Competition Results, announced 7th March 2018



Judges: Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart

 

Ptarmigan by Jill Munro (England) winner
Among Starlings by Margaret McCarthy (Ireland) highly commended
A Dream of my Dead Grandmother
in the Modern Art Museum by Derek Sellen (England) highly commended
Disciplining the Modern Satyr by Mary-Jane Holmes (England)
Nothing To See by Giles Constable (England)
How We Are by Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Writing for the Ó Bhéal
Open-Mic by Jim Crickard (Ireland)
Amber by Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Reindeer Moss by Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
Every Sunday Ever by Kirsten Irving (England)
Centenary by Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
My Mother’s Birthplace by Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)



 



4th Five Words Competition Results, announced 5th March 2017



Judges: Afric McGlinchey and John W. Sexton

 

Identifications by John Baylis Post (Ireland) winner
Milk by Siobhan Campbell (Ireland) highly commended
The Safety by Tamara Miles (U.S.A.) highly commended
Eve by Siobhan Campbell (Ireland)
LOVELOCKS by Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
Only Connected by Margaret McCarthy (Ireland)
Perspective by Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
THE ZOMBIE-MAKER by Derek Sellen (England)
Minor Deities by Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
A fickle god by Margaret McCarthy (Ireland)
STITCHES by Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
The Buttonhole by John D. Kelly (Northern Ireland)

Click here to view a pdf of Five Words Vol X



 



3rd Five Words Competition Results, announced 28th February 2016



Judges: Marie Coveney and Colm Scully

 

The Dancehall on the Summit of the Bloodiest Head of the Twenty Six Headed Giant by John W. Sexton (Ireland) winner
Tuesday on a Fulcrum by Beth Somerford (England) highly commended
Commuter by Janet Lees (England) highly commended
The Night of the Nightjar by Mary Anne Smith (England)
Tribes by Pam Szadowski (England)
An awful hush by Jenny Pollak (Australia)
Chinese Zodiac:
Year of the Fire Monkey
by Tamara Miles (formerly Gantt) (U.S.A.)
An unread novella in a
charity shop
by Janet Lees (England)
Igloo by Shirley Bell (England)
Ragwort by Derek Sellen (England)
A Coin in the Soft Machine by John W.Sexton (Ireland)
Sky, an Open Window by Tamara Miles (formerly Gantt) (U.S.A.)

Click here to view a pdf of Five Words Vol IX



 



2nd Five Words Competition Results, announced 1st March 2015



Judges: Billy Ramsell and Jennifer Matthews

 

Survivor by Derek Sellen (England) winner
Sonnet in B Major by Afric McGlinchey (Ireland) highly commended
Home Cooking by Adannaya Igwe (UK) highly commended
Saved by Liz Smith (England)
Breakfast by Sheena Blackhall (Scotland)
At the Hair Clinic by Derek Sellen (England)
The Snooze Button by Margaret Mc Carthy (Ireland)
The Sectioning by Bernadette McCarthy (Ireland)
I Coin a Line by Mary Fahy (Ireland)
The Stereogram by Anthony Scott (England)
Black Mountain Rebel by Tess Sheridan Adams (Ireland)
False North by John W. Sexton (Ireland)

Click here to view a pdf of Five Words Vol VIII



 



1st Five Words Competition Results, announced 1st March 2014



Judges: Cal Doyle and Paul Casey

 

Old Maps and Books by Don Nixon (England)
Fado in a Lisbon Bar by Don Nixon (England) winner
Gipsy Girl by Eithne Reynolds (Ireland)
The Magician’s Hat by Linda Mills (USA)
Matinée Idol by Richard Hawtree (Ireland)
Postcard by Joy Howard (England)
A boy of six thousand parts by Janet Lees (England) highly commended
Palimpsest by Janet Lees (England)
Frozen moment by Afric McGlinchey (Ireland) highly commended
Life on Mars by Colm Scully (Ireland)
The Choice by Tom Dredge (Ireland)
At the Banquet by Máire Wren (Ireland)

Click here to view a pdf of Five Words Vol VII



 



Awards
by glass artist
Michael Ray









Inaugural competition winner Don Nixon (R.I.P. 2014), with glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray