Strokestown International Poetry Festival 2015

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival is now in its sixteenth year and it is the longest running poetry festival in Ireland. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, and provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry.  The 2015 festival on May 1 – 3,  will have an expanded programme with the return of the Irish Language poetry competition and a new Roscommon poetry  section open to poets living in the county or members of writers groups based in County Roscommon. The full list of competitions and prizes can be viewed – just click on competitions.

The festival consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty-four readings over three days. The Strokestown festival is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the festival is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.

The Strokestown Poetry Competitions, the award ceremonies for which are a central part of the festival every year, are now accepting entries for 2015.

 The closing date for The Roscommon Poets Prize has been extended until 20th March 2015

Competition entries now being invited for 2015

Poets can now enter their work in the various sections of the Strokestown poetry competitions. This year there is an expanded competition with four categories.        Judges

All entries will be read by the judges and shortlisted poets will be invited to read their work at the festival which takes place in various venues in Strokestown on 1st. to 3rd. May 2015. There will also be schools poetry and readings by well-known poets throughout the weekend.

For competition details and entry forms please click HERE

Forms are also available from Community Development Office, Strokestown. Phone 071 9633759 / email

Competitions 2015

Category 1: The Strokestown Poetry Prize with prize fund of €2,600.
Category 2: Duais Filíochta Dhúbhglas de hÍde-The Douglas Hyde/Irish Language Poetry Prize with prize fund of €1,000.
Category 3: The Percy French Prize for comic verse with prize fund of €1,000.
Category 4: The Roscommon Poets Prize with prize fund of €200.