December 22, 2017

20 Photos, 20 Lines Competition

Shortlist for the 20:20 Competition announced - click on the title of the poem to read it

Poem

Photo No

Name

From

Because my mother was a terrible cook

108

Michèle Vassal-Ring

County Cork, Ireland

Destitute

112

Michael Farry

Meath, Ireland

Front of House

109

Michael Farry

Meath, Ireland

He didn’t need to kiss my feet

108

David Smith

Cleveland,

England

Heirloom-Harvest

116

Karen Mandell

MA, USA

Home Birth

109

Aileen Shirra

Cumbernauld 

Scotland

Leaving the Island

120

Jo Burns

Germany

Notice

119

Susie Fry

Mayo, Ireland

On The Bridge

114

Frank Farrelly

Waterford, Ireland

En Route

112

Aoife Meagher

Dublin, Ireland

Wishes

119

Caroline Brennan

Dublin, Ireland

Swimmers at East End Beach

120

Edel Burke

Mayo, Ireland

The Singer

111

Peggie Gallagher

Sligo, Ireland

The Coffee Shop at the end of the World

105

Rory Duffy

Westmeath, Ireland

The Difference of Time

115

Rose Bray

Sussex, England

The Hanging Tree

107

Liam O’Neill

Galway, Ireland

The Old Bridge, The Woman, and The White Pig

114

Susan Terris

CA, USA

The Rumour

101

John W. Sexton

Kerry, Ireland

The World Has Lost Some Colour

110

Bernie Crawford

Galway, Ireland

Tide

105

Laura Carroll

Mayo, Ireland

2018 Competition

20 photos, 20 Lines (or less..), 20 prizes and 20 years of Strokestown.

Help us Celebrate 20 Years of Strokestown Poetry Festivals!

It may be hard to believe, but 2018 marks the 20th International Poetry Festival in Strokestown, making it one of Ireland’s longest running literary get-togethers.

The Festival takes place over May Bank Holiday Weekend, from May 3rd to 7th 2018, with an exciting programme of poetry-related events taking place in and around the town of Strokestown.

Three of the Festival’s annual poetry competitions are now closed, with the judges hard at work making their decisions. Two more annual competitions – the Roscommon Poets’ Prize and the Schools’ Competitions - get underway in January.

And while that’s all happening, we’ve introduced an EXTRA competition for poets to mark our 20th Festival, with a chance to win €100 and special place in Strokestown’s poetic history.

The idea is simple: writers are invited to view 20 picture prompts and, suitably inspired, create a new poem of 20 lines or less. The overall winner will get €100, and 19 runners up will each get a €20 prize. All winning poems will be displayed alongside the images during the Poetry Festival in May. Entry is just €3 per poem – and you may enter on-line as many times as you wish.

The judge is poet Noelle Lynskey who will read all entries. The closing date is February 9th, 2018. Good luck!

Details

Rules:

* Each poem should be new and unpublished, inspired by one of the images below.
* Each poem can be in any style or format, but can be no more than 20 lines, written in English.

* Each entry costs €3 per poem, and you may enter as many times as you wish.
* Do not include personal information or identification on your poem. However, each photo has been assigned a number (Hover to view), please write that number at the top left hand corner of your entry, so that the judge knows which photo your poem refers to.

* All poems should be typed on an A4 page and uploaded as a single poem per upload.
* The closing date is February 9th, 2018. Winners will be notified by email ahead of the Festival in May.
* The judge’s decision is final.

* Copyright will remain with the competitor, but Strokestown Poetry Festival reserves the right to arrange publication or broadcast selected poems as it sees fit.

* You may only enter online.

Photos

Hover over or click a photo to view it's unique number..

Online Entry