"Seven bums and fourteen legs,
a brazen ecstasy which begs
the question some of us are asking -
is Peter Goulding multi-tasking?"

Martin Parker, Editor, Lighten Up Online

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Golden Pen

Enter your Poems and Stories in the 13th Annual Golden Pen Competition. First prize is €100 for adults and €50 for students. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd placed writers plus publication in our Festival Magazine
Entry fee: ADULTS €5 : (£4 or $5, UK/USA)
STUDENTS: €3 or £2
Stories limited to 2000 words, poems 70 lines.
Send your poems and stories to:
The Golden Pen,
Co. Galway.

I suppose I will always have a place in mye empty cavity where most people have a heart for the Golden Pen competition, which was the first serious poetry competition that I ever won (sounds like I've won hundreds but the count stands at two)
Run by the hard-working and immensely likable John Corbett, it is very much a one-man show down in Gurteen, co Galway, though the poems are sent off anonymously to be judged.
Now, I know what you're thinking. If that gobshyte can win, then surely I have a chance? And you'd be right. So get you're writing caps on. I'm afraid there's no online entry but all short-listed entrants are invited down to afternoon tea and made extremely welcome.
(Incidentally, I checked with John and postal orders, bank drafts and personal cheques are all acceptable)


  1. Dear Peter: Do you win a golden pen which would be like the literary version of Willie Wonka? And does it come with chocolate! Congrats on your wins! You are amazing!

  2. I quite fancy that pen but at present the muse has completely deserted me.

  3. When's the deadline? I just might do this!


  4. Hi Chic, I've been called many things but never 'amazing'
    Kate - I think it mainly revolves around under-age GAA matches!
    Pat - that's because you're not trying. Come on, you're a lovely poet!!
    Kat - should have mentioned it - April 1st

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