Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for a poetry competition as part of its 2013 Poems for Patience programme. Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 30 lines long and must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 1 March 2013.

Poems For Patience is a long running programme established by Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust in which poems are displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway and then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals. Over the past decade the series has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Michael Longley, Vona Groarke, Jane Hirschfield and Tess Gallagher.

  • The winner of the poetry competition will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2013 Poems For Patience series.
  • The winner will be invited to read her or his winning poem at the launch of the 2013 Poems For Patience series at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2013.
  • The winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway for one night during the 2013 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
  • The winner will be given a copy of his or her poem printed as a Poems for Patience poster.
  • The winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration for a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway.

Please do not put your name on the poems; contact details should be included on a separate sheet.

The competition judge is Kevin Higgins. Kevin Higgins is Writer-in-Residence with Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. He facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events. Kevin has published three volumes of poetry with Salmon Poetry: The Boy With No Face (2005), which was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award; Time Gentlemen, Please (2008); and Frightening New Furniture (2010). His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010). Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published by Salmon in 2012. Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon in 2014.

For further details please contact Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust on  +353 (0)91 544979 or email


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