Red Line poetry competition: Now open!

Award winning poet, Jessica Traynor, courtesy of Red Line Festival.

Geneva Pattison

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Red Line Poetry Competition’s creation. The esteemed competition attracks hundreds of poetry submissions from across Ireland each year and this year, the award winning poet and essayst Jessica Traynor will act as judge.

Judge Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor is a poet, essayist and librettist, and the poetry editor at Banshee Journal. Her debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. The Quick (Dedalus Press, 2018) was an Irish Times poetry choice. Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and Hennessy New Writer of the Year. Operas include Paper Boat, a commission from Irish National Opera and Music for Galway, and The Wanderer, commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Residencies include Yeats Society Sligo, Seamus Heaney Home Place and the DLR LexIcon. Pit Lullabies (Bloodaxe, 2022) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

About Red Line

The Red Line Festival is a South Dublin Lbraries and Arts at South Dublin County Council initiative, which is held every year in October. Red Line Festival showcases the best in local, national and internatonal writing and poetry. Venues across South County Dublin play host to a whole collection of readings, workshops and events geared towards all age groups. Perfect for the little book lovers in your life and older one’s too!

Poetry competition details.

The closing date for entries to the poetry competition is Monday the 12th of September and any submissions made after this date will not be considered. Entry forms an further information can be found on the Red Line Festival website and all poetry submissions should be emailed to . The winners will be announced during the festival in October with 1st prize being €300, 2nd prize €200 and 3rd prize €100. 

Red Line Festival; How to enter and info:

Review of Jessica Traynor’s “The Quick”