December 17, 2017

The Schools’ Competitions Prize 2018

Roscommon Schools' Shortlist announced

The shortlist in both the Primary and Secondary Schools' competitions has just been announced.  The winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded on Friday 4th May 2018 in The Percy French Hotel at 5pm.   All welcome.

Schools poems can be seen in Strokestown Library

Competition 2018

1st Prize € 100

2nd Prize € 50


3rd Prize € 30

All winners will also receive book prizes

3 shortlisted prizes in each category €20 each.

Closing date: Feburary 9th 2018


Pete Mullineaux   image: Boyd Challenger

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway and works in Development Education.
His poetry has been described by reviewers as 'tender & lyrical' and
'gorgeously resonant'. His collection Session was described by Irish
Music Magazine as 'a gem'. He has been published widely in Ireland,
UK, USA and as far afield as India and Japan. His four collections
are: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing 2005) A Father's Day (Salmon 2008)

Session (2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016). Pete has also
written several plays for the stage and RTE radio.


* This competition is open to all students and pupils attending a primary or secondary school
in County Roscommon. The poems will be judged in two categories: Primary and
Secondary. There is an entry fee of €2 per poem and students and pupils may write on any
theme or subject.
* Winners and shortlistees will be invited to attend a prize-giving event at Strokestown
International Poetry Festival on Friday 4 th May 2018.
* The judges’ decision is final.
* Poems should be printed on A4 paper and students’/pupils’ names should not appear on
the poems, only on the application form. Poems are judged anonymously.
* You may enter by post or online at
* Post entries to: Schools Poetry Competition, SCDA, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon
* All queries: Strokestown Poetry Festival Office: 071 9633759 10am – 1.00pm or


Online entry is not available for the Schools competition, sorry. Please use the postal entry form to the right.