Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 December 2017.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem.

    It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.

    You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. 

    Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.

    Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.

    No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.


    The Prize is open to anyone (over 16).

    Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast.

    You can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of €12 per poem).


    Entry fee is €12 per poem

   Online payment should be made to via PayPal.

    Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on the back.

    We can only accept postal orders from Ireland. 

    Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

    Receipt of entry

    Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of 

    receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).

    Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.


    Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to  

    publish the winning poems in the March 2018 issue and any relevant promotional material.


    The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.


    1st €10,000

    3 runner-up prizes of €1,000


    The shortlisted writers will be notified by the end of February 2018.

    The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth.

    The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2018.

    Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in  disqualification.

Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to:

    The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

    c/o The Moth, Ardan Grange

    Milltown, Belturbet

    Co. Cavan, Ireland

    or Enter ONLINE.