Wednesday, 3 December 2008


I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the 2008 SiarScéal Festival, in very posh surrounds (Clonalis House, Co Roscommon), and today I received information about the SiarScéal Poetry Competition for 2009 from Director Gwen McNamara-Bond:


Competition Guidelines
All Poems submitted must be the author’s own unpublished work.

Bilingual poems are encouraged especially poetry submitted in the Irish Language.

Entries are limited to three poems per person.

Poems will be no longer than 60 lines.

Poetry submitted must be typed and titled.

The entrant’s name/address/contact number/details and poem title must be written on a separate page - not to appear on the same page of the poem.

Closing date for entries: Thursday March 5th 2009. Entries will not be returned and the Judge’s decision is final.

Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the competition guidelines.

Festival Organisers and Guests are not eligible for entry.

SiarScéal ‘Hanna Greally’ Bilingual Poetry Competition Awards will be judged under the following four categories: secondary schools, active age groups/writers groups & international entries.

First prize both in Irish and English will each receive €100, and the overall winner will be awarded an original sculpture by sculptor Joe Cunniffe. Each winning category will also be awarded €100 in prize money and each contestant will receive also a SiarScéal 09 Certificate which will be presented to them by the Mayor.

Poetry Competition Entry Fees: €10 per poem and €15 per three poems submitted.
Active Age Members & Students contributing €5 for two poems entered & €10 for three.

Poetry competition entries to be sent to Richie Farrell, County Librarian, SIARSCÉAL Festival, Roscommon County Council Library, Services, Abbey Street, County Roscommon. Further details can be obtained from Artistic Director Gwen McNamara Bond at Ph: 087-2628191

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