Windows Publications

Windows Publications in association with Cavan County Council Arts and Heritage offices and Cavan Crystal Hotel Announce our 24th National Student Poetry Competition, 2016. Adjudicators Heather Brett & Noel Monahan







Closing Date 16th March 2016

Entry to this competition is free and can be on ANY subject. Entrant details (name, age, school & contact number) must be clearly marked on the BACK of each entry if posting work or at the end of the work if sending by email. Poems should NOT have been published before or won a prize in any other competition, and must be the student’s OWN work. Entries accepted on line as well as by post and from individuals as well as entries sent by schools. Class poems and poems written by groups of students are acceptable but there will be only one prize given per winning poem.


For email entries please send to: or by post to Windows/Cavan Crystal Poetry Competition, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Rd. Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland on or before 16th MARCH  2016, clearly stating the category you are entering.


The award ceremony will be held at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm. It is a condition of the awards that top prize winners must be present at the ceremony before a prize can be awarded.  

€100 1st Prize in each category

*Special Additional Category to Celebrate the 1916 - 2016 Centenary.


Junior Category - Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in Primary or National School education or equivalent. (8 and12/13 years).                                                                                                    

Senior Category - Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in Second Level Education or equivalent. (12 and18 years).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Irish Language Category - Open to all students between 10 and18 years old.  


Special 1916 Commemorative Poem – can be in Irish Language or English and is Open to students in County Cavan Schools ONLY between the ages of 10 and18 years old.  


Winning poems may be included in a publication later this year.


* Prizes awarded by the Cavan Heritage Office. Category open to students in County Cavan Schools ONLY (ages 10 to 18 years). Prizes will be awarded for a poem based on the theme of the 1916 Rising. All rules as general Windows Competition rules.                 

Enquiries: 087 0534737                                                     

Photos of past award recipients 

Photo includes former Windows Poetry Competition Award Recipients with Noel Monahan and Heather Brett, Windows Publications, Jack Keyes, sponsor and Joe Woods, poet at Cavan Crystal Hotel.



29 Feb 2016