Schools’ poetry competition announced

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival is taking place on the May Bank Holiday weekend from 27th April – 1st May 2017. Each year there is a special poetry competition open to every student who is going to school in County Roscommon. A selection of young Roscommon poets will be invited to read at the festival at a prize-giving event.

The prizes are as follows:

1st €100.00 and a book of poetry

2nd €50.00 and a book of poetry

3rd €30.00 and a book of poetry

There is also a prize for the shortlisted poets of €20 each.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 17th February 2017.

The poems will be judged in two categories: Primary and Secondary. There is no entry fee and students and pupils may write on any theme or subject.

Entry forms can be obtained from the Strokestown Poetry Festival Office: 071 –9633759 10am – 1 pm Or downloaded from the festival website:

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