August 28, 2017

Competitions 2018

The Roscommon Poets' Prize, The Roscommon Schools' Prize and The 20:20 Competitions opened on the 8th of January  and will close on the 9th of February 2018

The 2018 Strokestown International Poetry Prize, Duais de hÍde and The Percy French Prize Competitions are now closed.     The shortlisted poets and poems will be displayed on each competition page as they become available from the judges.   The Percy French Prize shortlist is now available.  The results will be announced at the festival on the week end of May 3rd - 7th 2018

The 2018 Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competitions are open for entries on September 1st 2017. The closing date for the competitions has been brought forward, to facilitate the publication of a festival anthology in which poems from shortlisted entrants for the two main competitions, English and Irish, will feature alongside the work of the well known judges and other poets who will read at the 2018 festival. Moya Cannon and Harry Clifton will judge the Strokestown International Poetry Prize for a poem in English, which carries a prize of €2000.

Duais de hÍde, which carries a prize of €600 for a poem in Irish, will be judged by Pádraig MacFhearghusa. Shortlisted poets for each of these competitions will also be asked to read a selection of their poems as part of the festival, and will receive a reading fee. Second and third prizes will also be awarded in both these competitions, see below.  The Percy French Prize for humorous poetry will be judged by Margaret Hickey with a first prize of €300.