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1st Prize  £250

2nd Prize £100

3rd Prize £50

Deadline: Midnight 1st September 2021

(All winning entries will also be published in the April 2022 edition of MONO.)

It is with great excitement that we invite you to enter our first poetry competition on the theme of 'SANITY'. The competition will be judged by acclaimed poet, Padraig Rooney. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish.

You can submit up to three poems for a total cost of £6.00. Entries can be made by clicking on the appropriate payment button at the very bottom of this page. The button will take you through a secure payment process where there is also an option to use Paypal.

Two Simple Steps to Enter:

1. Please pay the relevant fee below. Your choice will be added to the cart where you can securely checkout.

2. Send your poems as a Word doc, along with full name and payment reference to editor.monosubmissions@gmail.comSubscribers to the magazine pay a reduced entry fee and in all further competitions. (Please ensure your name does not appear in the body of the attachment as all entries will be judged anonymously.). Write POETRY COMPETITION in the subject bar of the email.

10% of monies received from this competition will be given to Poetic Unity, a Brixton (UK)-based charity using poetry to give a voice to the voiceless. We are excited to support this fantastic charity, using literature and creative writing to change lives and communities. Find out more here:

Finally, we don't mind how you present or format your poetry. Spoken word welcome. Be your brilliant, creative selves!




Born in Ireland, Padraig Rooney studied at Maynooth College and at the Sorbonne. His books include In The Bonsai Garden which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1986, The Escape Artist which won the Poetry Business Competition in 2005 and The Fever Wards, published by Salt in 2010. He won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize in 2009 and has been the recipient of two Irish Arts Council bursaries. He has taught abroad for many years and lives in Basel, Switzerland.

His poems and stories have appeared in Best Irish Short Stories 2 & 3 (Paul Elek, 1977, 1978), Phoenix Irish Short Stories (Phoenix, 1997), Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of Poetry in the Twentieth Century (Penguin Viking, 1999), Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996), The Haiku Seasons (Kodansha International, 1996), The Backyards of Heaven: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2003), Dancing With Kitty Stobling: The Patrick Kavanagh Award Winners 1971-2003 (Lilliput Press, 2004) and Our Shared Japan: An Anthology of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Dedalus, 2007) and Best Irish Poetry in English 2010 (Southword editions, 2010).

We asked Padraig what he'll be looking for in the winning poems:

''I would run a mile from poems that straight-facedly use the ready-made language of self-help, counseling, and psychobabble; ‘no reaching out’, ‘embracing’, ‘caring and sharing.' The theme of ‘sanity’ opens up the vast hinterland of insanity, nightmare, delusion and paranoia, but also a recalibration of what we consider to be normal behaviour. I might be hearing voices. There is a possibility I might be Napoleon. Put me in a straight-jacket and see what happens. Rather than poetry acting as therapy, as a way to bring the reader round to sanity; perhaps poems might disturb as much as reassure.'



Entrants may submit a maximum of three poems only. If more than three are sent only the first three will be counted.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition. If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the date of prize giving.  Entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously are not eligible.

Family members associated with MONO editors/judges are not eligible to enter.

Entrants must be over 18 years of age.

Receipt of entries will be confirmed by email.

Entries will be short-listed, and winners chosen by the judge, after the closing date. The judge's decision is final.

By entering the competition, you confirm that all information submitted by you is true, current, and complete. MONO. reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s consent. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details of our commitment to your data security.

Winners will be paid via bank transfer or Paypal (if preferred), so please make sure you are able to receive this.

MONO. reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the rules.

In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to a competition, the decision of the judge(s) shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

MONO. will not be liable if a prize does not reach a prize-winner for any reason outside of their control.

No refunds will be given should an entrant change their mind about entering the competition.

MONO. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside its reasonable control.

Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity on our blog and MONO. reserves the right to use the names of winners in any publicity both in paper and online.

MONO. reserves the right to re-draw an alternative winner and re-allocate the prize, if after a period of 28 days, the original winner has not responded

10% of monies received from this competition will be given to Poetic Unity, a Brixton-based charity that uses poetry to give a voice to the voiceless. Further monies will be used to fund the prize winnings and future publishing of MONO.

By entering the competition you accept all of the above Terms and Conditions.