Tir na Saor International Poetry Contest.

Tir Na Saor International Poetry Competition

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Samuel Johnson.


Poetry as an art form predates literacy. Some of the earliest poetry is believed to have been orally recited or sung. Following the development of writing, poetry has since developed into increasingly structured forms, though much poetry since the late 20th century has moved away from traditional forms towards the more vaguely defined free verse and prose poem formats.


Poetry was employed as a way of remembering oral history, story (epic poetry), genealogy, and law. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions, and much of it can be attributed to religious movements. Many of the poems surviving from the ancient world are a form of recorded cultural information about the people of the past, and their poems are prayers or stories about religious subject matter, histories about their politics and wars, and the important organizing myths of their societies.


Poetry as an art form may predate literacy Thus many ancient works, from the Vedas (1700 - 1200 BC) to the Odyssey (800 - 675 BC), appear to have been composed in poetic form to aid memorization and oral transmission, in prehistoric and ancient societies. Poetry appears among the earliest records of most literate cultures, with poetic fragments found on early monoliths, rune stones and stelae.

Entry To the First Tir Na Saor International Poetry Competition will be open to all members on the 20th August. Please see below for details.


Summary Poetry Contest 2013

OPEN: 20 August 2013

Closes: 30 October 2013

Results: 10 November 2013

Judge: Morgan Freeman

Max Length: 300 words



Prizes Poetry Contest
First Place– The winner will receive a 20% share of the combined entry fees. (All remaining fees will be used to cover the costs associated with the running of the Tir na Saor website and community radio. In the event that the fees collected exceed the costs associated with the running of the site, further prizes will be awarded to participants.

-- The winner will receive a commemorative plaque to mark their achievement.

-- The winner will be awarded the title of Tir na Saor Poet Laureate for a period of one year.


The winning entry will be announced and read out live on Tir na Saors Flag ship Radio Show.



Rules Poetry Contest


  • No entry form is needed. Entry is on-line.


  • You may enter as many times as you wish.


  • The poetry contest is open to people of any nationality writing in English.


  • There is no restriction on theme or style.


  • Poem length is restricted to 300 words.


  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.


  • The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


  • Poems cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.


  • Judging is anonymous. Please include a contact email address when submitting your entry, and be sure to title your poem.
  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.
  • This agreement is binding in honour only and is not intended to be a legally binding document.



Entry Fees Poetry Contest


The cost of an On-line entry is fixed in Euro and the conversion into your local currency will be done automatically by your credit card company according to the current exchange rate.

On-line Entry                                               First Entry                                      Subsequent Entry
                                                                                   €10.00                                                      €5.00


How to Enter Poetry Contest

You can enter on-line Only.

How to Enter On-line

To enter on-line, please click on the donate button (below this paragraph) and donate the amount of funds required in line with the amount of poems you are submitting. In the pay-pal comments section please include the words, “Poetry Contest,” and do provide a contact email address, preferably the one linked to your pay-pal account, along with the title/titles of your poem/poems.




Once you have donated the required entry fee, please send your submissions via email to morganfreeman@safe-mail.net (please make sure your submission is titled.) A Conformation email will be sent as soon as your payment has been confirmed.

May the muses bless you, good luck, and Gods speed.

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Comment by Arthur on February 2, 2015 at 23:30

A poem by Paul Matthews


Household goods, household gods, Lares and Penates :
Property pages and bargain basements are what dictates
Public life, with the pursuit of happiness in dire straits,
As national policies are stage-managed by potentates,
Offshore, drug fuelled, money laundered wealth permeates
All that an acquisitive culture gangrenes and violates.

Financial empires run amok, their occult power equates
With a cult of science and technology that consecrates
Chemical trespass targeting alike believers and apostates
Indifferently injuring and killing adults, embryos, neonates
With diets of rogue DNA, dioxins, pesticides, phtalates,
Causing obesity, diabetes, cancer, declining birth rates.

Corporate sponsored Strife from the Hell of Gates,
Clinton, Ford, Soros, Rockefeller, each foundation mates
Charitable status, tax evasion, big business heavyweights
With merchant bankers whose princely valour officiates
At Lord Mayor’s banquets, nursing a Chaos that freights
The philanthropy dispensed by depraved caliphates.

This psychotic New World Disorder operates
A satanic orgy of asset stripping that dilapidates
Mother Nature’s dwindling resources and nominates
Governments by ruthless juntas, feudal emirates,
Elites with seriously deranged character traits
A Low Life ethos that Wall Street celebrates.

Breeding corruption, instead of wiping clean the slates,
Sovereign debt, wrought by vulture funds, thus relegates
Human beings to the status of Mere Cyphers, their fates
Beholden to commodity fetishism, enslaved nation states,
The black arts of banking and white man’s voodoo creates
A grey suited Elysium for sad, anally-fixated magnates.

Comment by Stephen Ross on February 4, 2014 at 13:56

Eh the formatting seems to have taken a hit so maybe click the link read it on my Blog

Comment by Stephen Ross on February 4, 2014 at 13:55

Hi Morgan, Sorry I'm a bit late with the poem but here is my most recent poetic scribbling and I would like to offer it up to the Tir na Saor Community. It may not be as uplifting as you were hoping but it does speak of  my own truth and experience in relation to everything :) Feel free to post it anywhere and I'll see if I can find some properly uplifting material soon. http://poeredtree.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-truth-about-unity.html It's called...

The Truth about Unity

When an opportunity of unity presents
No impunity from purity this intense
We are all merely one
Undone like the sun
So truly and duly alone
Don’t hinder it, get used to it,
Be kind to it and to your children
It to your-selves, it to each pilgrim, it
Yes it, for it…….it is alone.
Because if you’re not happy within
You’re unhappy without
And without a doubt, that’s for certain
Much love,
St. Eve xx
Comment by Morgan Freeman on December 11, 2013 at 20:08

I'm pleased you like it. If you are suitably inspired I'm hoping you would be so kind as to provide us with an uplifting poem for the New Year. I checked out your blog recently and I have to say that I really enjoyed your work, powerful stuff! Your level of openness is very rare, I hope you don't suffer too much for it.  You have a very unique style of writing that I really enjoy, keep up the good work. Continued success to you in the future.

Comment by Diane, Denizen on December 10, 2013 at 21:15

Congratulations, well done all round, we need more talented people getting their work out and it needs to be recognised as a skill and something that is of value to society.

Comment by Stephen Ross on December 10, 2013 at 20:56

I just received the, really lovely, trophy for the poetry competition so I thought I'd post a picture here.

Thanks a million everyone :)

Comment by Stephen Ross on November 13, 2013 at 12:20

They certainly are Kev :) 

If anyone would like to see some more examples of my work you can find my blog here


Comment by Kev on November 13, 2013 at 11:53

The standard was exceptional, I was really impressed by everyone of them and each were so different too. The Poets of Ireland are still with us ;)

Comment by Stephen Ross on November 13, 2013 at 11:50

Wow, I'm really thrilled to accept the honour bestowed upon me by Tir na Saor. Thank you to all involved, it's a really lovely complement and acknowledgement of the creative stuff that occasionally flows out of me. I'd like to just leave a little ditty I once wrote called 'My secret to happiness' because thats how I feel right now...

Do nothing you hate

But if you do wait

Until everything you do

You love to!! xx

Go raibh maith agaibh,


Comment by Ange on November 13, 2013 at 0:06

Congratulations to the winner and well done to all poets who entered x x 

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