Poetry in Motion Community 2022-2023 – Submissions closed 22 December 2022


Community Arts Partnership is delighted to announce the opening of submissions to this year’s anthology. And of course that in turns heralds the beginning of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2023. This is now one of the country’s most prestigious poetry accolades, the Seamus Heaney Award recognises the sheer excellence of emerging poetic talent here and offers an amazing platform for career development and potential publishing contracts. To have such support invested in new and emerging poets by the family of our late Nobel Laureate, represents only a small part of the literary and social legacy of our most celebrated of poets.

This legacy award process, reflecting Seamus Heaney’s huge contribution, is financially supported by our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery funding. We pay tribute to the steadfast support we receive from ACNI and indeed all our funders, including Belfast City Council. 

Tracing the lines and connections that locate us and guide our diverse paths, we offer our community of emerging poets, the opportunity to submit for this year’s anthology entitled ‘Compass’. Having supported a range of writing groups and masterclasses through our generously creative poet-facilitators, we offer these participants and the community of writers and poets beyond, the opportunity to contribute to our 22nd anthology. We look forward to receiving your work and offer all of you our assurances as we strive for complete integrity in the review and selection processes. We include past award recipients and established local poets to participate in our selection panels.

So, why don’t you embrace this creative opportunity and offer us the breadth and depth of our place and our connection.

‘Compass’ will see us navigate the internal mapping of our hearts and minds. It will offer us all an insight from near and far, together and apart, reflecting the broadening poetic horizon that is so abundant here, at compass point north.    

Conor Shields, ceo


The title of the printed anthology will be called ‘Compass’. You are invited to reflect on our title in your poem, but please avoid the title Compass for any poem.

All Submissions must be made electronically, marking the subject line of your email ‘Poetry in Motion Submission.’

All submissions must be received by CAP by 6pm on Thursday, 22nd of December, 2022. Submissions received after this time will automatically disqualified.

Download Submission Template 2022-23 (pdf)


  1. Poems (excluding titles) must be no more than 35 lines long (including line/stanza breaks) and no more than 75 characters per line (a character can be a letter, number, space or any keystroke).
  2. If you paste your poem into the official Submission Template PDF above, you will be unable to fit in lines which contain more than 75 characters, so please adjust your lines accordingly so that your poem is not disqualified. Please double check your formatting so that you are content. We can only accept the formatting you provide in our template.

Submissions must be made either:

    • Typed in Word-compatible documents and emailed to submissions@capartscentre.com meeting the exact format above
    • Download and Save our Submission Template pdf above to your computer, paste or type in your poem, save and rename the pdf to the TITLE of your poem and then email to: submissions@capartscentre.com
  1. If you are submitting more than one poem (you may submit up to 3), you should attach each poem in a separate document. Each attachment should be saved as the poem title e.g. The River.pdf. Please do not use the title ‘CAP submission, or ‘Submission’ – we can only accept documents which are the title of your poem. If your name appears on the poem or in the name of the document, it will be disqualified.
  2. Poems previously published must not be submitted. Original work that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  3. Previous winners of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing will not be considered for awards but can still submit to the anthology.
  4. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  5. In the body of the email, you must provide your name, address with postcode, phone number, email address, a list of the titles of your attached poems

    Please find my poem(s) attached:
    Poem Title(s)
    Name: Val Brown (this will be the name attribution in the published anthology)
    Email: valb@email.com
    Address (in one line only): 251 Haiku Gardens Ballytown BT20 20XX
    Phone number: 0777777777
    and you must include the following statement: ‘I have read and understood the submission rules and I hereby verify that my poetry submission is my own original work and has not been published elsewhere.’
  6. PLEASE NOTE that if you do not include this information in your email, in the form indicated above, your poem will be disqualified.
  7. No more thanthree submissions per person are permitted. If you submit more than three, none will proceed to the selection process.
  8. If your submissiondoes not address all of the criteria/formatting listed above correctly, CAP reserves the right to automatically disqualify your submission.
  9. Do not make simultaneous submissions to other potential publishers: e. work that has been submitted or is being considered elsewhere, should not be submitted. Should we find evidence to the contrary, your submission will be disqualified, as will consequent access to the Seamus Heaney Awards.
  10. You must live in Northern Ireland(we will seek verification of your address should your poetry be selected for publication/award)
  11. By making a submission, you grant permission for Community Arts Partnership to publish the poems submitted in the forthcoming anthology and retain publishing copyright. All individual copyright rests with you, the poet.
  12. By making a submission to the anthology, you also automatically grant permission for your work to be considered for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2023, if selected for the anthology (hence our wish to have poems submitted without names etc to assist the integrity of that selection process) and not a previous outright winner.
  13. Please keep a copy of your poems as we are unable to return them or to enter into any correspondence regarding your work subsequent to submission.
  14. Copyright remains with the poet; however, if your work is published by Community Arts Partnership you must credit us in any future anthologies or collections in which your work appears stating that the piece was first published by Community Arts Partnership and giving the name of the publication and the year in which it was published.
  15. Community Arts Partnership reserves the right to make reasonable minor adjustments and/or suggestions prior to publication such as typos or formatting irregularities. In some limited editorial cases, poets may be contacted to ascertain adjustments.
  16. Community Arts Partnership reserves the sole editorial right to publish any given work or not.


If you have any queries about Poetry in Motion Community 2022-2023, The Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2023 or the submission process itself, please contact Steven Tunley: steven@capartscentre.com.

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