The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Awards have always seemed to me to be both prestigious and very well run, attracting a good sized entry from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada and beyond. The first three prizewinners are also entered in the Forward Prize in the UK.
I have no idea if it is the recession to blame or if a poem destined for the waste-paper basket landed on the wrong pile but it appears that somehow I have been awarded second place in this year's competition for my poem Ctrl Alt Delete. It is somewhat mind-boggling that so august a competition could have made such an elementary mistake. The winner was Jessamine O'Connor who also won the iYeats in the summer.
Full details are:-
The Francis Ledwidge Award - Jessamine O Connor, Sligo - Silver Spoon
2nd place - Peter Goulding, Dublin 15 - Ctrl Alt Delete
3rd place - Mae Newman, Rathfarnham - The Peace Lily
Gavan Duffy, Tallaght
Denise Ryan, Dublin 2
James Conway, Dublin 6
Gearoid De Briotun, Teach Mealog,
Margaret Zheng, D 6.
Giles Newington, D 13
Andrew Jones, Mullagh, Co Cavan
Ray Mullen, Tallaght,
Patrick Devaney, Virginia Co. Cavan
Mary Jo Gibbons, Kilmessan, Co. Meath
Noel King, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Triona McMorrow Dunlaoghaire
Adrienne Leavy, Phoenix, Az. USA
Davis Rowell, Churchtown, D 14
Lucy Brennan, Whitby, ON , Canada.
Doreen Duffy, Clondalkin, D 22
Evan Costigan, Dublin 8
Aine Lyons, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Paul Mc Mahon, Sligo
Susan Flynn Ballybrack, Co Dublin
There will also be a book presentation to young writers
Awards Ceremony will take place at ‘Donoghues’ The Glen of Aherlow, 29 Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin, on Wednesday, 14th December, 2011 at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.