2023 Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition now open for entries

The eagerly awaited launch of the 2023 Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition is set to ignite the imaginations of poets around the world. The competition returns for 2023 with new categories and more chances than ever to claim a prize.

The Frances Browne Poetry Competition has been running since 2008. From its base in the heart of Donegal, NW Ireland, it has attracted entries from across the globe. Uniquely, the competition celebrates the linguistic heritage of the north of Ireland. Entries are invited by poets writing in all of the region’s languages.

Named for the prolific Donegal author and poetess, Frances Browne, known as the Blind Poetess of Ulster (1816-1879), the poetry competition now runs in tandem with the Frances Browne Literary Festival. Celebrating its third year in 2023, the festival takes place in Co. Donegal from 12th to 15th October.

Launching the competition, Chairperson Celine McGlynn says, ‘Our poetry competition is celebrating its 15th year and every year we continue to be impressed by the enthusiastic response and exceptional quality of entries. I am sure this year will be no exception, and we anticipate another outstanding showcase of talent. In the past three years in particular, since the Frances Browne Festival was launched, we have received entries from as far afield as the US, Canada and Singapore. It gives us great satisfaction to feel that Frances’s life and work is being brought to the notice of so many people through the competition. We would like to thank Donegal County Council for their ongoing support for the Poetry Competition and the Festival.’

In an exciting development, new categories are being launched to celebrate and encourage local writers in East Donegal. These are the people who Frances grew up among and from whom she learned her love of language. Living in a place where English, Irish and Ulster Scots are spoken on a daily basis, they have an innate creativity and way with words that lends itself to poetry and song.

In particular, the Committee is delighted to launch the Eilish McBride Award, in memory of a remarkable and prolific local writer renowned for beautifully capturing the essence of family and life in the Finn Valley. This category is generously sponsored by Eilish's daughter, Edel, as a tribute to her mother.

With an impressive total prize fund of €1500, the Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition stands as an unique opportunity for poets from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate their craft.

For full terms and conditions, schedule of dates and to enter please see our website www.francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com; email info@francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com or contact the team via the offices of the Finn Valley Voice - +353 (0)74 913 1665

Full details, along with paper copy and online entry details are available on our website www.francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com or email info@francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com