2018 Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competitions launched
Closing date: 1st December, 2017
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.
The Roscommon Poets' Competition will be launched on the 8th of January 2018
The Schools' Competitions will be launched on the 8th of January 2018