1. The Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition prize fund for 2016 is £800. The prize fund will be shared between published and unpublished poets.
First prize: Published: £250 Unpublished: £250
Second prize: Published: £100 Unpublished: £100
Third prize: Published: £50 Unpublished: £50
2. Twelve finalists will be given the opportunity to recite their poems at the awards recital on Wednesday October 5 2016 at 7.30pm where all winners will be announced.
3. All entrants must be available on Wednesday October 5 2016 at 7pm to attend the awards recital at Parliament Buildings Stormont. Entrants must be able to make their own way to Stormont and home again. The event will end no later than 9.30pm. Anyone not available to attend the awards recital will automatically disqualify themselves from entry to the competition.
4. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over at the time of the closing date for entry – 11 September 2016.
5. Entrants must be resident in Northern Ireland.
6. The deadline for entry to the competition is midnight on Sunday 11 September 2016. Late entries will not be considered.
7. Poems must be on the National Poetry Day 2016 theme of “Messages”; they must have a title and be no longer than 40 lines in length including spaces (excluding title).
8. Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been previously published / be planned for publishing elsewhere in any format – ie in print or online, prior to 31 December 2016.
9. Entry is limited to one poem per person. Entrants who enter more than one work will automatically disqualify themselves.
10. Poems should be submitted via our online submission form.
11. Email, hand delivered or postal entries will not be accepted.
12. All entries must be in English.
13. Under no circumstances can poems be altered once submitted.
14. All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
15. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
16. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor competition organisers will enter into any correspondence.
17. No current employee, affiliate or family member of the Co-operative Group, Funeral Services Northern Ireland, the judges of the competition or any suppliers, are eligible to enter the Funeral Services Northern Ireland Annual National Poetry Competition that holds a prize fund of £800. An alternative staff poetry competition has been provided to employees of the Co-operative Group Funeral Care and Funeral Services Northern Ireland. The three finalists and overall winner of this staff competition will be announced at the awards recital event alongside the public competition on 5 October 2016.
18. There will be 12 finalists, a third place winner, a second place winner and one overall first place national winner – in each category: published poet and unpublished poet. The winners will be announced at the awards recital.
19. Entrants must be available on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7pm to attend a drinks reception and awards event at Stormont or other Greater Belfast location.
20. Winning entrants will be given the opportunity to recite their poems at the awards recital.
21. By submitting an entry, the entrant is agreeing to participate in any publicity associated with the competition. Shortlisted entrants, runners up and the overall winners must agree to participate in reasonable, unpaid publicity on behalf of the Promoter.
22. Previous overall Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition winners are ineligible to enter.
23. Individual correspondence will not be entered into. In the interests of transparency, all competition queries received will be answered on a public forum provided on the website – fsni-nationalpoetrycomp.co.uk
24. Any aspect of the competition including judging, closing date and awards recital venue can be changed by the Promoter without prior notice.