Last chance to enter
annual poetry contest

Strokestown International Poetry Festival is now in its 15th year. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, and provides an internationally renowned forum for excellence in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic poetry.

Strokestown International Poetry Festival is now in its 15th year. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, and provides an internationally renowned forum for excellence in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic poetry.

The poetry competitions, the award ceremonies for which have been a central part of the Strokestown festival for the last fifteen years, are open for entries until this Friday, January 25.

The judges this year are: for the Strokestown International Poetry Award, Michael Schmidt and Iggy McGovern; for Duais Cholmcille, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith; and for the inaugural Percy French Prize for Comic Verse, Eleanor
Tiernan.

For the Strokestown International Poetry Award there is a first prize of €3,000 for an unpublished poem in English not exceeding 70 lines. Ten short-listed poets will be invited to Strokestown for the 2013 festival. The awards will be presented as part of the annual ceremony at Strokestown Park House.

Duais Cholmcille / The Colmcille Poetry Award includes prizes of €2,000, €1,500 and €1,000 for a poem in Irish or Scottish Gaelic, unpublished and not exceeding 70 lines. Six shortlisted poets will be invited to Strokestown for the May festival, with the awards being presented at a ceremony in Strokestown Park House.

The Percy French Competition for Comic Verse includes a first prize of €500. Can you make bring the house down with your wit?

This is a competition for the world’s sharpest slammers, stand-ups and satirists.

Information and entry forms at www.strokestownpoetry.org/