Voices of War Winners Announced


International Poetry Competition

DATE: 15th September 2018


To commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War, and to honour all those affected by violent conflict anywhere in the world, University College Dublin is holding an international poetry competition for the best original poem on war and its effects. Prizes will be awarded in three categories and the shortlisted poems will be included in a commemorative performance in Dublin in November 2018.


We were delighted with the response to our Voices of War Poetry Competition, launched to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Almost 700 entries came in from around the world, and there were so many moving and memorable poems among them. We want to thank all those who entered for sharing poems with us.


After careful deliberation, we’ve arrived at the following shortlist for Open Category:


Siobhán Campbell (Belfast), ‘Speculation’

Angi Holden (Cheshire, UK), ‘Requisitioned’

Shannon Kuta Kelly (Galway), ‘Kalinovik’

Pippa Little (Northumberland, UK), ‘The Afternoon War Ends’

Pascal MacGabhann (Dublin), ‘Leathbhróg’

David McLoghlin (New York), ‘Dispatch’

Claire McSherry (Armagh), ‘War Sonnet’

Jean O’Brien (Dublin), ‘No Thaw’

Robyn Rowland (Galway), ‘Precision’

Iain Twiddy (Sheffield, UK), ‘Snowed’

Michael J. Whelan (Dublin), ‘In the Periphery’


UCD School of English, Drama and Film University College Dublin


‘Voices of War’ International Poetry Competition Guidelines

‘Voices of War’ Poetry Competition Entry Form


Closing date 15th September 2018

Entries should be emailed to voicesofwar@ucd.ie


Dr Lucy Collins

Lecturer, UCD School Of English, Drama & Film


Dr Lucy Collins joined UCD in 2008 after previously teaching at Trinity College Dublin and in the UK at the University of Cumbria. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed both her BA and PhD degrees, she spent a year at Harvard University on a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research interests are in poetry and poetics; recent publications include the anthology Poetry by Women in Ireland 1870-1970 (Liverpool UP, 2012) and a monograph Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement (Liverpool UP, 2015).


Lucy’s work with UCD’s Decade of Centenaries Committee centres on literary and cultural events. She convened a symposium Yeats in Print 1889-1939 at UCD Library in May 2015, to mark 150 years since the birth of the poet. The following year she edited the book Signatories, which accompanied the landmark theatre event commemorating the 1916 Rising.