Doire Press

is pleased to announce its 2013

2nd Annual International Poetry Chapbook Competition

Winner will each receive 75 copies of their own professionally edited and printed chapbook published by Doire Press. Chapbook will be perfect-bound, contain up to 40 pages, feature colour front and back cover, as well as their own isbn and barcode.

Ten shortlisted entries will be included in a print anthology.

Entries: 3 poems per entry (6 pages max)

Deadline: May 29th, 2013

Entry fees: €10 for first entry, €8 for each additional entry.


Kevin O’Shea, author of The Art of Non-Fishing (2012). Kevin won the 2012 Cuirt New Writing Prize for poetry and was twice shortlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition. He is a member of the Skylight Poets.

The judging for the contest is completely anonymous. Entries must include cover page with full contact information and titles of the three poems. Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Entries will not be returned unless accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.

Entries must not have won any other competition but can have been published in literary journals or magazines.

Use standard formatting (12-font).

Send entries via postal mail to:

Doire Press

Aille, Inverin,

County Galway


Make cheques or money orders payable to Doire Press. Entry fees can also be paid via Paypal (see bottom of page).

Email submissions will also be accepted with an additional €1 per entry printing fee.

To submit via email: Put complete contact information in body of email. Attach manuscripts as a Word (.doc file only, no X) or PDF file. Use size A4 page. Send email to Put the words ‘Competition entry’ in the subject line of email.

To pay by Paypal:

  1. 1.Click here to log into Paypal.

  2. 2.Click Send Money

  3. 3.Enter in the To box.

  4. 4.Enter the appropriate cost in the Amount box (1 entry + printing = €11; 2 entries + printing = €20; 3 entries + printing = €29).

  5. 5.Click Continue.

  6. 6.Scroll down to the Message box and enter your name and title of first poem.

7. Note transaction number

8. Include Paypal transaction number on contact page, if submitting via post, or in body of email, if submitting via email.

The long list of twenty will be announced on the Doire Press website on June 19th. The short list of ten will be announced on July 3rd and the winner will be announced on July 10th.

The judge’s decisions is final.

Winner of the competition agrees to submit final manuscript to editors within one month of winning competition. Winner agrees to work cooperatively with editors to produce a mutually-agreed upon chapbook. Chapbooks will be a maximum of forty pages, which includes opening pages, such as title page, contents, etc. Winner has the option of longer books (maximum sixteen additional pages) at their expense. Winner has the option to purchase extra copies. Winners may submit artwork to be considered for cover, but cover is designed by publisher. Winners receive all copies of chapbook to be sold, given away, etc. If winner lives outside Galway area, winner agrees to pay shipping charges of chapbooks. Winner has the option to purchase additional pages (up to sixteen) and/or additional copies of chapbook.

For any questions, click here to email.