Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition

This competition is Cork based and don't be surprised if many of the shortlisters have US addresses. I don't know why this is but it often is. The first prize includes a trip to
Cork, Ireland.
But why not have a go anyway?

Prizes: 1st Prize €1000, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork Ireland.
2nd Prize €500 publication in Southword
3rd Prize €250 publication in Southword
Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.

Note Southword is now an online publication.

Deadline: Tuesday December 15th 2009

Judge: James Harpur who will read each and every entry himself, which is a positive.

Per George Szirtes, Harpur's poems are 'melancholy, monastic, mystical, like prayers shaped out of despair with the hearsay of some small light just over the horizon.'

I'd suggest no humour then.

Sample poems here.

Fee: €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five.

More details on the website.

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