Saturday, January 10, 2015

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

The 2015 Strokestown International Poetry Festival is taking place this year from 1 to 3 May.  The closing date for entries for the Poetry Competitions is Friday 27 February.

Poems not exceeding 70 lines may be entered in the following categories:

The 2015 Strokestown International Poetry Award, for poems in English is being judged by poets Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods, with a first prize fund of €2,600.

Duais Filíochta Dhúbhglas de hÍde-The Douglas Hyde/Irish Language Poetry Prize with prize fund of €1,000 is being judged by poet Paddy Bushe

The Percy French Award for Comic Verse will be judged by the Strokestown Wit Committee.  The emphasis is very much on fun and the judges will be looking out for comic and witty verse for which a prize fund of €1,000 is being offered.

The Roscommon Poets Prize is for a poem in Irish or English of not more than 70 lines submitted by a resident of County Roscommon or a member of a County Roscommon Writers Group. Judge to be announced.

All poems entered will be read by the judges and shortlisted poets will be invited to read their work at the festival.

The entry fee per poem is €5 euro/ £5 sterling/ $5 US dollars for postal entry and you can also enter online at

Photo: Reading my poem at the Cyphers launch during Strokestown Festival 2014.

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