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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Competition results; competition cancelled

Last year's Patrick Kavanagh Award was won by the wonderful Connie Roberts (above - centre) with Jim Maguire and Helena Nolan (also above) joint second

This year, Helena has gone one better and taken the award for 2011. I first met her when she was a Strokestown finalist some years ago and have followed her progress ever since. Well done Helena.

Joint second were Andrew Jamison, one of my fellow Poetry Ireland Introductions readers last year, and Fizzboro's Cliona O'Connell.

I didn't enter this year - it cost too much and I'm too mean.

I had to email the judges to find out who won the very secretive Poet of Fingal competition (aka who'll come second to Tommy Murray) Actually Tommy didn't feature this year and all the prizewinners came from Fingal -

POET OF FINGAL: 1ST Patricia Byrne, Swords ‘A Lock Out’
2nd Tony Devlin, Blanchardstown ‘Broken’
3rd Patrick Condon, Swords ‘The Fisherman’

SHORT STORY 1st Martin Whelan, Malahide ‘Stern Reality’
2nd E. Hughes, Swords ‘Dogged’
3rd Daniel J. Boland, Rush ‘Farewell Drink’

I was particularly delighted for Tony Devlin as he is the driving force behind our local writers group and very kindly launched my Flash of Orange two years ago. I did enter this one, I do live in Fingal but once again sank without a trace.

Dromineer was on last week. I was aiming to go but in the end there were just too many things on and the weather was crap so I missed it. Here are the results

POETRY Competition, judged by Dermot Healy

1st Yoga Class by Liza Costello, Dublin
2nd Meeting Himself Coming Back by James Martyn, Galway
3rd The Grip of the Dead by Paul McMahon, Sligo

Highly commended Poems

Invasion by Afric McGlinchey, County Cork
The Colony by Tommy Murray, Co Meath
Church Bell in Codalet, France by Peter Goulding, Dublin
In the Dog House by Paul McMahon, Sligo
Flatline by Paul McMahon, Sligo

Looks like Paul McMahon had a great competition! Tommy Murray adds another line to his massive CV and the immensely likable Afric McGlinchey scores again. Well done to all.

The editorial board of Crannóg Magazine has now read all submissions for Crannóg 28, the autumn 2011 issue. Unfortunately, due to both the high quantity and quality of material received, we are unable to use your submission. Thank you for submitting to us. Please feel free to submit to future issues of Crannóg and do please keep in contact with us through our website: http://www.crannogmagazine.com
Publication date for Crannóg 28 is Friday October 21st.
With best regards

I love Crannog but have only managed to get in there once. Its a great little magazine run by some very nice people.

And finally...
We wish to thank you for entering the WOW! Awards. Unfortunately they have had to be cancelled for this year.
We are reversing your paypal entry fee.
We regret any inconvenience caused.


  1. And well done to Helena, thats an amazing achievement.
    I was too mean to enter any of those competitions this year too, so at least I could read the shortlists without hope or despair:)

    Thats a pity about the wow awards. I agree Crannog is a lovely mag.

  2. Hi Niamh, yes, for me, it was wagering €20 on not very good odds...