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The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize 2021 (1st prize €6,000)

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Apply for the 2021 edition of the Moth Poetry Prize. The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Claudia Rankine, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn, Billy Collins, and Nick Laird. Past winners include Michael Lavers, Natalya Anderson, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).


  • The first prize of the competition is €6,000
  • 3 runner-ups will get a cash prize of €1,000
  • Up to 8 prizes of €250 are available for commended poems


  • The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone in the world who are over 16 years of age.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast.
  • Applicants can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of €15 per poem).

Entry Fees

  • The entry fee is €15 per poem (which includes 23% VAT)
  • Online payment should be made to [email protected] via PayPal.
  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and sddress on the back.
  • The Moth 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).


Candidates can either APPLY ONLINE or send a print Entry Form to the following postal address

The Moth
Ardan Grange
Co. Cavan

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline31 December,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Moth Magazine



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