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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OK, time to start thinking about Strokestown

Time to start getting in your entries for Strokestown again. Closing date is January 24th and they do accept online entries but they are 20% more expensive than postal entries.
There are three categories - the main poetry prize, the Irish or Scots Gaelic prize anfd the Humorous Verse prize.
I have been fortunate enough to have had five poems shortlisted in the past five years for the humorous verse (one winning, one second) but, like everybody else, my dream is to be nominated for the main prize. However, this is for the big boys really, but that doesn't stop us dreaming.


  1. Keep up the dreaming Peter - this could be your year.

  2. Is there really a place called Strokestown? How cool. And touching.

  3. Dreaming is good- Keep the contributions going!

  4. so as the world expert in winning the humerous prize, how humerous does it need to be? Like I have a couple of poems that I think are funny but they don't rhyme, which these often seem to.

  5. Hi Kate, as per mail, Declan O'Brien likes humour. Probably better to do funny-ha-ha than funny serious. He seems to like puns and he likes bawdy. Meter and exact rhyme come second behind humour.