Thursday, 23 June 2011

Ballymaloe Poetry Prize

A brand new, exciting poetry competition from the very lovely people who bring you The Moth Magazine.

And sponsored by Ballymaloe and Darina Allen, no less. It's great to see people outside the arts world sponsoring such events and kudos to Becky and Will for initiating this innovative competition.

Ballymaloe − home to Ireland’s famous restaurant, hotel and cookery school − is taking the exciting initiative of launching an international poetry prize in association with The Moth, Ireland’s new quarterly arts and literature magazine.
The Moth has been championed by Ballymaloe since its inception in June 2010, and is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad for the quality of its content and design − with original artwork throughout and contributors that include Anne Enright, Dermot Healy, Paul Durcan, Bernard O’Donoghue, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Peter Sirr, Matthew Sweeney, Julia O’Faolain, Anne Haverty, Colette Bryce, Judy Kravis, Patrick McCabe, Kate Dempsey and Leanne O’Sullivan, alongside countless writers from abroad.

Fee: €6 (or €7.50 if you’re paying by money or postal order)

With a first prize of €2,000, second prize of €1,000 and third prize of €500, the competition is open to everyone.

Judge: Matthew Sweeney, whose most recent collection was shortlisted for The Irish Times/Poetry Now Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Deadline: 31 December 2011

Details here.

The winner will be announced at a reception in Ballymaloe House in March 2012, to which the three winners will be invited to read.

Contents of Issue 5 - not the usual suspects. Get yourself a copy

The world’s equilibrium by Ginés Cutillas
Like Ships by Elizabeth Barrett
Do Not Swim Near Rocks by Cherry Smyth
A Microchip Translates from the Portuguese the Story of a Novel by Anne Haverty
Mr Wrong by Alan McMonagle
A Kind of Love by MacDonald Harris
A Dissolution by Peter Sirr
In the Dream of the Room your Mouth by Ailbhe Darcy
Crossroads, Bras de Venus by Augustus Young
Lifting Off by Morgan Harlow
As God Is My Witness by Alan Garvey
All Marcel Marceau: an interview with Colette Bryce
Charles Brady, Painter by Paul Durcan
Her Months Mind by Niamh Mac Alister
Love and the Seasons by Aamer Hussein
Five Tanka by Matthew Caley
From Margaret of Antioch by Gill Andrews
Eighteen by Dympna Dreyer
Country Girl: an interview with Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick
I Am Not Here by Mark Hanks
First Memory: Portmarnock Strand by Daragh Bradish
On Returning by Paul Adrian
White Fences Make Good Neighbours by Eileen Casey
Arnos Vale by Melanie Marshall
Odd Man Out by Gerard Smyth
Handover by Emily Hinshelwood
The judge, his horse and my sisters by Judy Kravis

Magazine Submissions here


Peter Goulding said...

Nope, no "Peter Goulding" there again. Delighted for Niamh McAllister though.

Jessica Maybury said...

I have a romantic obsession with Patrick McGrath.

Thanks for the heads up on the competition! I remember seeing the Moth at the Flat Lake last year and wondering what the hell it was. I've started writing again. Insert amazed smilie here. How are you doing? Working away?

Jessica Maybury said...

Also, why hello there Peter. Fancy meeting you here.

Emerging Writer said...

Ah Peter, you can't be on every list...Congrats on the Swift shortlist.
Jessica. It's a lovely mag. Hurray with the writing thing. I bet your brain is full of words it wants to get on paper after the hiatus