The Competition 2015

Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition 2015

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In this the fourth 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 Thursday 8 October 2015 is “Light”.

We are taking this opportunity to invite entries inspired by the word “Light”. This could be the light that leads the way, a light from within or the light of your life. How does this word inspire you? Make it creative and make it personal.

We are looking forward to receiving your free entry via our easy to submit online form and to reading your poetic interpretations.

Thursday 8 October 2015: Celebration Event in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings Stormont. All entrants are invited to attend our celebration at Parliament Buildings Stormont, where the ten shortlisted entrants from across Northern Ireland will be invited to recite their poems at the event before the overall winner is 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 The competition is open to both published and unpublished poets, however the poem entered must not have been previously published – in either a paid or unpaid capacity in any format ie print or online.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

1st Prize: £400 2nd Prize: £250 3rd Prize: £150

To enter click here to use our easy to submit online form

Please read full Terms & Conditions in full before entering


You must be 18 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: “Light”.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 13 September 2015. You must be available to attend an awards event to celebrate the creativity of those entering the competition in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on the evening of 8 October 2015.