Dear Poet, Just a quick reminder that if you were thinking of entering the Strokestown International Poetry Competition the closing date is only three weeks away - Friday 20 January 2012. As you know the prizes are €4,000, €2,000 and €1,000 for a poem of up to 70 lines.
There are also prizes of €2,000, €1,500 and €1,000 for a poem of up to 70 lines in Irish and Scots Gaelic. In addition up to 16 shortlisted poets are invited to read a selection of their work at Strokestown International Poetry Festival, for which they are paid €400.
You can enter online or by post - all the details are on the website www.strokestownpoetry.org
If you have already entered, apologies for including you in this round robin – please ignore it! Or if you know someone who would like to know about the competition, please forward it – many thanks.
In addition to the above, there is also the small matter of the Percy French Humorous Poetry Prize, which pays good money too. I decided after I won this last year that, having got to the final six times in six years, with two wins and a third, people would start getting sick of me, so I'm not entering this year, though of course I'll still try and enter, probably futilely, for the main prize.Declan O'Brien will not be judging the Percy French this year. Instead it will be judged by the Strokestown Wit Committee - evidently they couldn't find another suitable judge, even though I was jumping up and down at the back of the class, saying "Ooh! ooh! me!"