Strokestown International Poetry Competition Shortlists Announced.

 Shortlists for two of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 have now been published.

 See who got to the finals for the Percy French Comic Verse Competition here:

and for the Duais de hÍde here: 

 The shortlist for the main International Poetry Competition will be out in February. 

Meanwhile, any writers with Roscommon connections are encouraged to try for the annual Roscommon Poets’ Prize, this year judged by Iggy McGovern. Eligibility has been extended to poets who went to school in the county, as well as people resident, in education or attending a writers group here. The deadline is February 15th. Details here:


Roscommon Writers Award 2019

First Prize: €500


The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.


The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €100 each).


Closing date for entries is 15th May 2019.


Enquiries to:

Competition Rules

  • Short stories only will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).
  • Previous first prize winners may enter again but will not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 2000 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 2000 word limit will be automatically disqualified. There is a limit of two entries per entrant.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. INCLUDE THESE ON A SEPARATE PAGE, NOT ON YOUR ENTRY.
  • There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by 15th May 2019.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Kevin Hora. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019, Roscommon Arts Office, Áras an Chontae,Roscommon, F42 VR98. You may also email your entry to: .Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019.
  • The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at
  • The awards ceremony will take place on 18th June 2019 at 6pm in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.


Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Ireland