Schools' Poetry Competitions 2019

The competitions for both the Secondary and Primary Schools will open on January 8th 2019, and close on Friday 15th February 2019.

Details of the competition

Strokestown Poetry Festival Schools’ Poetry Competition

Closing Date: February 15th 2019

First Prize: €100. Second Prize: €50. Third Prize: €30.

All winners will also receive book prizes.

3 Shortlisted prizes in each category €20 each

  • 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 3rd May 2019.

  • 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 only

  • Post entries with entry fee to: Schools Poetry Competition, SCDA, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon

  • All queries: Strokestown Poetry Festival Office: 071 9633759 10am – 1.00pm. See also:

  • https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/schools-poetry-2019/

Judge: Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley is an award winning poet and children’s author. She was born and lives in Dublin, where she works as a teacher and as a writer. Enda holds an M.A in Creative Writing, Lancaster University.

Enda Wyley realised early in life that she wanted to write and after first appearing in print as a young teenager, she has since gone on to publish five collections of poetry - from her debut volume Eating Baby Jesus, through to Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, published 2014.

Her books for children are Boo and Bear, I Won’t Go to China! and The Silver Notebook, O’ Brien Press. Her poems for children appear in anthologies Something Beginning with P, O’Brien Press and Once Upon a Place, edited by Eoin Colfer, Little Island, 2015.

She has received many awards for her writing and held several Writer in Residence positions. She was the inaugural winner of The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University and received a Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Fellowship, 2014. She has also worked in The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin as a Literature and Visual Arts Programmer.

Enda’s work has been widely anthologised and translated, including The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volumes 4 & 5, The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA, 2010. She is a frequent Arts contributor on RTE Radio 1 to shows such as Sunday Miscellany, The Marian Finucane Show, Arena.

In March 2015 she became a member of Aosdána, established in 1981 to honour artists who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts in Ireland.