Image shown: 2018 poems for patience launch

Image shown: 2018 poems for patience launch

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition. The winning poem will be published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of Poems For Patience 2019 and the winner will be invited to read the poem at the launch during Cúirt International Festival of Literature. 

Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.


  • The winner will have her / his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2019 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. Following the exhibition on the Arts Corridor, the poems are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.
  • The winner will be invited to read her / his winning poem at the launch of the 2019 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2019.
  • The winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway, if travelling, for one night during the 2019 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
  • The winner will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster.
  • The winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

To enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three poems €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Alternatively for online transfer contact the arts office. Details below.

Entries should be sent by post to: Bridget Cheasty, Arts Assistant, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet. 

Friday, 22 February 2019

The competition judge is Kevin Higgins, Writer-in-Residence with Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust.

Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events, teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway Advertiser. His poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry and features in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. A pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published last December by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press. His most recent book Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems was published in 2017 by Salmon.

Tel: +353 (0)91 544979


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