Poetry Competition 2016


In this the fifth year of the Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition, we are searching for the best poetry from across Northern Ireland. The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day on Wednesday 5 October 2016 is “Messages”.

We invite entries inspired by the word “Messages”, so we are looking for poems that are messages or about messages. How does this word inspire you? Make your poem creative and make it personal.

We look forward to receiving your free entry via our easy to submit online form which will be available on our website from 21 March 2016 and to reading all your poetic interpretations.

Wednesday 5 October 2016: Celebration Recital. All entrants are invited to attend our official Celebration Recital, where the shortlisted unpublished and published entrants from across Northern Ireland will be invited to recite their poems before the overall winners are announced in front of the invited audience.

Funeral Services Northern Ireland invites entries from poets who are resident in Northern Ireland. The competition is open to both published and unpublished poets, however the poem entered must not have been previously published – in either a paid or unpaid capacity in any format ie print or online.

The overall prize fund is £800

Unpublished Poets

1st Prize: £250 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50

Published Poets

1st Prize: £250 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50

To enter simply upload your poem to our easy to submit online form which will be made available after the official launch of the 2016 competition on World Poetry Day – 21 March 2016

Please read full Terms & Conditions in full before entering
You must be 16 or over to enter and only one poem may be submitted per person. Your poem may be written in any form but must be in English and no longer than 40 lines. It should be based on the theme: “Messages”.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 11 September 2016. You must be available to attend an awards event to celebrate the creativity of those entering the competition in Greater Belfast on the evening of 5 October 2016.