07/04/22 15:07 - 31/05/22 00:00

South Dublin Libraries Poetry Competition 2022


The competition has now closed to submissions. We can happily announce the final winning order for this year's competition. We want to sincerely thank all those who entered, each year we have the unenviable task of choosing an order for them and this year was no exception. We are awaiting permission to share the poems online. In the meantime here are the winners:

CommendedThomas Brezing – OthersRachel Handley – Dear DaughterAlison Hackett – AbstractionPhil Lynch – Overheard by TreesHighly CommendedCaroline Bracken – Prayer for Dublin Delivery DriversAngela Finn – A Sestina for LouisaSusan Flynn – Incorporated3rd PlaceLianne O’Hara – On the Steps of Hugh Lane2nd PlaceLisa Perkins – Calling a Bear a Bear1st PlaceAlicia Byrne Keane – Dentist


South Dublin Libraries are delighted to run its annual Poetry Competition for another year. Last year was our best yet and, despite Covid restrictions, we received submissions from over 200 poets in the Dublin area. 


Our criteria are the same as always: 

  • Submit between 08/04 -08/05
  • Max 40 lines
  • Must be original and unpublished
  • All themes, styles, & forms are welcome
  • Open to poets aged 18 and over

Submit to:

Submit up to two poems for consideration. Please include in your email: name, telephone number and a short biographical note (50 words max). Please include the poem(s) both in the body of the email and as a separate attachment.

Terms & Conditions: 

The competition is only open to poets based in Dublin. Prizes are for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Shortlisted poets should be able to attend the prize-giving in Ballyroan Library on May 19th at 6:30PM.Employees of South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries are not permitted to enter.