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National Write a Poem Competition 2020-21


PDST is inviting students to Write a Poem under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.  


Do you have a desire to write a Poem ? Can you share your thoughts with your teacher and your class?

Make your school proud and get started .......


Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.



                                                                                                                          William Butler Yeats

Rules of the Competition

  • All entries must be submitted electronically via email and typed (not scanned or handwritten)
  • Each entrant may submit one poem
  • Each entry must include
  • the Title of the Poem
  • the Name of the Entrant
  • the Name and Address of the School
  • the Category
  • Teacher Name, email address & mobile number
  • Emailed entries must be sent by the teacher or school and not by the student
  • Where an entry is inspired by or written in response to a particular poem, the name of the poem and the poet must be clearly stated on the entry and, where possible, a copy of the original poem should be attached
  • The competition is aimed at individual writers. Class sets of poems will not be considered as entries for the competition.

Please note that entrants should keep a copy of their poems, as poems will not be returned.


Prizes for the Writers :The winning poets in each section will receive a commemorative plaque and their poem will be published on the PDST Post-Primary website and printed in the PDST National Poetry Award booklet.


Prizes will be presented at an online award ceremony organised by the PDST in association with Laois Education Centre on March 25th 2021 from 4.15-5.15pm.


All entries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 12th February 2021



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