Poetry Competition

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€10 Entry Fee

Closing date : March 8, 2024

Conditions of entry The Strokestown International Poetry Prize

  1. The competition opens on January 14, 2024 and closes at midnight (GMT) on March 8, 2024.
  2. As an international poetry competition, it is open to everyone, but poems must be in English.
  3. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and not previously published in any form, including appearing on the internet, self-published, broadcast or accepted for publication or appearing in a previous competition. Translations are not eligible.
  4. Poems must not exceed 70 lines.
  5. Entrants are free to submit poems as long as each poem is accompanied by the appropriate fee of €10 per poem.
  6. Our system allows only one poem and fee at a time.
  7. Payment must be made in € Euro.
  8. Poems may only be uploaded using the box provided. No attachments (e.g. Word Document or PDF) may be submitted.
  9. The name of the entrant must NOT appear within the poem submission box or as part of the poems themselves or any identifier within the poem.
  10. All poems are judged anonymously and the judge will read all entries. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. No alterations can be made to the poem once it has been submitted. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so please keep a copy of your work.
  12. Online entries made via the website will receive automatic confirmation of receipt at the time of submission.
  13. Telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available.
  14. Strokestown International Poetry Festival is unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you have sent the correct version.
  15. Copyright will remain with the competitor, but Strokestown International Poetry Festival reserves the right to arrange publication on its website and/or in festival publications and/or to broadcast selected poems, as it sees fit.
  16. Submission of a poem implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The shortlist will be announced on our website in April 2024. Shortlisted poets only will be notified. The prize-winner for the competition will be announced and awarded during Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, which will take place from 3-5 May, 2024.

Short-listed poets will be invited to read their poem at the festival, on Sunday 5 May, for which they will receive an honorarium.


Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competition Judge

Enda Wyley Photo

Enda Wyley was born in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin and has published six collections of poetry with Dedalus Press: The Painter on his Bike (2019), Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems (2014), To Wake to This (2009), Poems for Breakfast (2004), Socrates in the Garden (1998) and Eating Baby Jesus (1993). Awards include the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize; Melbourne University and she was a recipient of a Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship for Poetry.

Enda has been a judge for several competitions, including the International Dublin Literary Award, the Redline Poetry Festival and Strokestown International Poetry Festival. She has co-hosted with poet Peter Sirr the popular podcast Books for Breakfast, about books and writing and Stanza, a poetry programme for RTE Radio 1. She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of artists.

‘Enda Wyley is a true poet.’ The Irish Times.