The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest; Winter 2019, will open for entries on the 15th of September. As part of our mission to promote the work of emerging writers, we initiated The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest series in 2017.
The Aim of the contest was to give developing poets an opportunity to get a good sampling of their work in front of a well known poet. The Contest offers a prize fund of €1000.00 with The first prize winner receiving €500.00. The second prize winner, €350 and the 3rd placed winner will receive €150.00.
To date, the contest has been judged by Michael Blackburn, Kevin Higgins, and more recently by Helen Mort. We are delighted to announce Audrey Molloy as the guest judge for The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest 6.
Among her accolades are
- 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition (shortlisted for ‘Thirty Sacks’)
- 2018 Magma Open Pamphlet Competition (third place)
- 2018 Nominated for the Pushcart Prize (for ‘A Brief History of Smoking’)
- 2018 Nominated for the Forward Prize (for ‘Gratitude Lines’)
- 2018 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition (finalist)
- 2017 The Moth Poetry Prize (runner up for ‘Fortune Reshuffled, Reshuffled’)
- 2018 Cuirt New Writing Prize (shortlisted)
- 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (commended)
- 2018 and 2017 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (special commendation)
- 2018 and 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize (shortlisted)
- 2017 Noel Rowe Poetry Award for an unpublished manuscript (shortlisted)
- 2017 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest (first prize for ‘True Colours’)
- 2017 University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (shortlisted for ‘Five Creatures Under Every Mother’s Skin’)
- 2017 and 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year (shortlisted)
- 2017 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition (shortlisted)
- 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (shortlisted for ‘Languages I Learned in Hell’)
- 2016 F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition (first prize for ‘Double-Life Diary’)
‘This poem, by Hennessy Emerging Poetry award winner Audrey Molloy, is superb. In years to come I’ve no doubt it will be studied alongside this stunning 2017 winning poem by Una Mannion. Compare and contrast.’
– Martin Doyle, the Irish Times, on At the Shell Midden
‘Audrey Molloy’s ‘Symphony of Skin’ skillfully extends the metaphor from the body (‘timpani buttoned under a cashier’s blouse’) to lovers and ‘the music of skin.’
– Maggie Smith, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018
‘Audrey Molloy’s varied and emotive collection focuses on mother-daughter relationships and skillfully explores the many dimensions of female experience and the life of the body. Along with moving poems about the ambiguous influence of institutional religion on children, the experience of depression, loss, and love, comes light-hearted satire on the trials of parenthood and growing up.’
– Vivian Smith, Jane Gibian, and Elizabeth Allen, Noel Rowe Poetry Award 2017-18
Learn More About Audrey at her website
- The Chapbook Contest is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country
- Poems must be in English
- Entry to the contest is free to paid Blue Nib Magazine Subscribers or Patrons.
- Non-member must purchase an entry.
- Submitted collections must contain 8 poems of any style (All) on a single MS Word or Pdf document.
Previous winners and finalists of the contest include, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Derek Kannemeyer, Pat Antony, Ruth Quinlan, Finola Scott, Sharon Flynn, Dr. Akshya Pawasker and Jackie Gorman.