Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The Strokestown International Poetry Prizes 2011

I may enter this again. I feel I have been financing them for years so they owe me...

Not only do all the judges in each category read ALL the poems (there is no filtering committee), but we also invite the shortlisted poets in each category to read a selection of their work at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival in May for which we pay them a reading fee of €400.

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize
of €4,000 (currently approximately £3,500 sterling or $5,500 US dollars), €2000 and €1000 for an unpublished poem in English not exceeding 70 lines. The ten shortlisted poets are invited to read at the festival

Duais Cholmcille / The Colmcille Poetry Prize
of €4,000 (currently approximately £3,500 sterling or $5,600 US dollars) €2,000 and €1,000 for a poem in Irish or Scottish Gaelic, unpublished and not exceeding 70 lines. The six shortlisted poets are invited to read at the festival
for a reading fee and travelling expenses totalling €400 (about £380 / $640).

Arís i mbliana, le tacaíocht Cholmcille, beidh an duais is luachmhaire atá ar fáil do dhán i nGaeilge nó i nGàidhlig á thairiscint ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Bhéal Átha na mBuillí. Tá príomhdhuais €4,000 á thairiscint, dara duais €2,000 agus triú duais €1,000. Chomh maith leis sin beidh táille léitheoireachta agus taistil €400 ar fáil don dtriúr eile ar an ngearrliosta.

The Percy French Prize for witty - ideally topical - verse. Backhanders of €300, €100, €80 and various other sums in brown envelopes are passed under the table for witty verse in English, or with a translation if in Irish. Poems can be on any subject but they must be funny!

Deadline: January 24th 2011

Geographically the judges' range is equally wide - they read and lecture in Ireland, the UK and America. Peter Fallon runs Gallery Press, one of Ireland's most venerable and prestigious poetry publishing houses; James Harpur has taught at the Arvon Foundation and elsewhere, and has four collections published by Anvil; Mary O'Donohue's poetry has been published by both Salmon Poetry and Dedalus Press and teaches creative writing in Boston, USA.

More info here

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