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 Morgan Freeman on November 12, 2013 at 21:22

Winning Poem By Tir na Soar Poet Laureate Stephen Ross.

The Ceremony

The medicine drank clearly, the journey afoot
Down into my belly, I gladly partook
Mystical voyage, from under the sea
And up to oblivion, my soul be set free
Delicate dances and rhythms abound
Swimming through music, the spirits were found
Song to my sister, in absolute bliss
Dismissed relative madness, with the tenderest kiss
Stared right at my demons and gave them a hug
Expelled from my system, aboard voluptuous chug
Rapture forthcoming, this voice from the heart
My wolf bellowed loudly, tearing weather apart
Then low as a river, guiding splendid refrain
And out the forgiver, once fully explained
Dear loving survivor and glider of love
This vessel so special, when steered from above
Dipped once into heaven, and twice into me,
Third time into honey, released victory
intentions becoming, through gentlest embrace
manifesting the blessings, a smile on my face
That panther inside me, rested easy on hearth
An owl prowled outside-ly, perspective so smart
Guided back to my person, rebirth started anew
Earth spurted deep visions and through them I grew.
Conducted the weather, in energetic symphony
Through channels forthcoming, our world be set free.
Together in kindness, administered plain
Come back now together and call out my name
Beautiful hew, man!
Be-ing means dreams

Comment by Morgan Freeman on November 12, 2013 at 21:16

Congratulations to Stephen Ross on taking 1st place in the Tir na Saor International Poetry Contest. Thank you to one and all for sharing your talent and the kind donations. 

Comment by Morgan Freeman on November 12, 2013 at 21:11

Comment by Stephen Ross on November 12, 2013 at 20:42

Who Won?

Comment by Morgan Freeman on November 10, 2013 at 19:23

The winner of The International Poetry Contest will be announced tonight at approx 9:30pm.

Comment by Stephen Ross on October 31, 2013 at 7:04

Hi Morgan,

I think those guys would make a great panel.


Comment by Morgan Freeman on October 31, 2013 at 3:59

Hi Stephen,

I was thinking of creating an online pole to let the general membership decide on a winner. I agree with you that opening voting to the general membership would be needlessly overly complicated. A new adjudicating panel does seem to the the best option. My initial criteria for judging was based on;

1. Judges impression (50%).

2. Structure of the poem (25%).

3. Originality (25%)

What are your thoughts on a panel consisting of Kev, Diane, and Spirality (assuming they agree)?

There were a total of four entrants and six poems. Below is a screen print of the donations received and transferred the Tir na Saor account.

Once again, apologies for the screw up.

Comment by Stephen Ross on October 31, 2013 at 3:13

I think so long as any identifing marks are removed that should be fine. How will the new process work? one person one vote or some sort of select a few and score them 3, 2, 1? How long does the general membership get to choose before the winner is announced? How many poems were entered? is it feasible that every poem will be read and judged fairly by the general membership and are people going to be able to vote for their own poem/s? or are entrants excluded from the vote? the more I think about this the more complicated it becomes.... Maybe it would it be simpler to just nominate a new adjudication panel and keep as close to the original format as possible. I don't really have enough information to know...

Comment by Charles Magus on October 26, 2013 at 16:51

No Worries Morgan!  Everyone makes mistakes, no harm done.

Comment by Morgan Freeman on October 25, 2013 at 18:58

Apologies to all. I prematurely announced the winner of the poetry competition a few days ago! Due to my silly error, I will no longer be adjudicating. If there are no objections I will publish all entries on the closing date and let the general membership choose a winner.

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