2017 Strokestown International Poetry Festival launched

The 2017 Strokestown International Poetry Festival competitions are open for entries on the 1st of September 2016. The closing date for the competitions has been brought forward to the 2nd of December 2016. This is to facilitate the publication of a festival anthology in which poems from shortlisted entrants for the two main competitions, English and Irish, will feature alongside the work of the well-known judges and other poets who will read at the 2017 festival.

  Maura Dooley and Paddy Bushe will judge the Strokestown International Poetry Prize for a poem in English, which carries a prize of €2000. Duais de hÍde, which carries a prize of €500 for a poem in Irish, will be judged by Cathal Ó Searcaigh. Shortlisted poets for each of these competitions will also be asked to read a selection of their poems as part of the festival, and will receive a reading fee of €200.

  The Percy French Prize for humorous poetry will be judged by Margaret Hickey, and the Roscommon Poets’ Prize by Jessamine O’Connor.

  For details, rules and entry forms see www.strokestownpoetry.org or telephone 00 353 71 9633759 (10 am-1 pm).