Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition

Our Values in Verse Results

Core Values Poetry Competition: “Our Values in Verse”

9th May 2022

Congratulations to the winners of "Our Values in Verse" Core Values Poetry Competition! Complete results are in this video: https://youtu.be/8UrsiS9W3F0 

Primary School Category - Kindness by Hannah Duffy

Secondary School Category - Lilac Praise by Keelin Sheppard

Adult Catetory:

1st - Connection by Jean Tuomey

2nd - Listen by Helen O'Neill

Joint 3rd - Handshake by Caoimhe O'Leary and Tender by Edel Burke


April 2022

We are delighted to announce the longlisted and shortlisted poems and poets for the "Our Values in Verse" core values poetry competition. Congratulations to all. These poems will be framed and displayed in St Francis Hospice. 

A winner for each category will be announced on 9th May.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We were overwhelmed at the response and the excellent standard of poetry overall.



St Francis Hospice Dublin invites submissions of original poetry which reflects or represents one or more of our core values: dignity, respect, compassion, collaboration, excellence and kindness.

There are three categories for entry:
•    Primary School 
•    Secondary School
•    Adults 

Within each category, several poems will be shortlisted. These poems will be printed and displayed throughout our two hospices in Raheny and Blanchardstown. Their poets will each receive a prize hamper.
Within each category, one poem will be selected as overall winner. In addition to the poem being displayed in our two hospices in Raheny and Blanchardstown and a prize hamper, the winning poets will each receive a book token.

 Submission Guidelines 
1.    Entries must be in English. 
2.    The closing date for all entries (online and postal) to the competition is Wednesday 9th February 2022. 
3.    The theme of the competition is the core values of St Francis Hospice. These are dignity, respect, compassion, collaboration, excellence and kindness. Poems do not need to contain these words, but should be themed around one or more of these concepts. 
4.    Entries will be accepted in the following categories: Primary School, Secondary School, Adults. 
5.    Entries are limited to two poems per person. 
6.    Entries can be sent by email to poetry@sfh.ie or by post to Poetry Competition, St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15 DE98. 
7.    All poems sent by email must be contained in the body of the email and not sent as an attachment. 
8.    Each entry must include the poet’s:
9.    Name
10.    Contact telephone number (Parent or Guardian’s telephone number for entrants under age 18)
11.    Category of entry (Primary School, Secondary School, or Adult)
12.    Hardcopy poems should be printed in black ink on an A4 sheet. 
13.    There is no entry fee.
14.    Poems must be the original work of the entrant. 
15.    Poems must have a title and not exceed 30 lines in length (excluding title).
16.    Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a web site or made public on social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 31st May 2022. 
17.    The competition is open to residents of Ireland and international residents. 
18.    All poems are judged anonymously. 
19.    Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. 
20.    Entries cannot be returned - be sure to keep a copy for yourself. 
21.    The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice. 
22.    Copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, by entering the competition, authors grant St. Francis Hospice the right to display/print/publish the shortlisted poems for ten years from April 2022.
23.    Shortlisted poets will be notified by the 31st March 2022.
24.    The judges' decision is final. St. Francis Hospice will not enter into any correspondence regarding the final decision.

About St Francis Hospice Dublin
Our specialist palliative care service provides care to the 700,000 people living in North Dublin and surrounding counties. In 2020, we looked after nearly 1800 patients and their families. Our two hospice facilities are based in Raheny and Blanchardstown.
The staff and volunteers of St Francis Hospice Dublin cherish the Hospice’s core values and we strive to ensure that all decisions and actions are guided by these values: dignity, respect, compassion, collaboration, excellence and kindness.



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