Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition 2013
Jadotville Hero by Gearoid O’Brien.
Collooney Street – 1904 by Sinéad Mac Devitt.
Li Bay by Louis Mulcahy.
Congratulations to all!
The shortlist of 10 poems has been selected by our judge Fred Johnston.
The Final is on 11th December 2013 at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic Event at 9pm.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced and presented with the prizes.
These 47 poems will be read on the 20th and 27th November and on the 4th December at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic Event at 9pm.
A Teenager Stepping StonesCathy Anderson
Up NorthCharles Cummings
Plant Reproductive Material LawJessamine O’Connor
The Hollow Second Week Of May Olivia Laumenech
A Poem In HaikuOlivia Laumenech
Salvator MundiAnthony Watts
Tasseography: An IntroductionJayne Stanton
Australian Army, Vietnam EraRob Van De Laak
Text MessageAlistair Graham
The Uilleann PiperCaroline O’Connor Coyle
Jadotville HeroGearoid O’Brien
Barrow BoyGearoid O’Brien
A Connaught Man’s RamblesEamonn Lynskey
In Memoriam Brendan O’BeirnePatrick Stack
Collooney Street – 1904Sinéad Mac Devitt
To A Widow Of An R.u.c. ReservistGerard Nix
Enigmatic Light FantasticClifford Hughes
One Saturday MorningLiam Collins
The Elephant & The BallerinaLiam Collins
This Is Your Sylvia PlathIrene Mosvold
On Rue DidotGrant Mcleman
The Taking Of Christ / CaravaggioRebecca Gimblett
MissingBreda Wall Ryan
The Camel, PerfectedBreda Wall Ryan
How Terribly Strange To Be Seventy! (Paul Simon)David Blake
For Padraic Fiacc: Dark Nights In A Dark PlaceDavid Blake
Remembering John MartynMarion Clarke
Li BaiLouis Mulcahy
The LighthouseLouis Mulcahy
Saint Louise, BallyfermotTeri Murray
Faded EtchBrian McPhillis
Jack CrowPat Mulcahy
Birds FeedingPatricia O’Callaghan
Chansons D’EauMary T. Brien
ScapegoatSheila Fitzpatrick O’Donnell
First prize: €1,000
Second prize: €300
Third prize: €100
Each poet can submit up to 12 poems.
Poems can be in English or Irish language and must be unpublished.
Judge: Fred Johnston
Fee: €3 for poem;
€8 for three poems.
Closing date: 31st October 2013
A longlist of 45 poems will be selected by the judge and author poets are invited to read them on the 20th and 27th November and 4th December (15 poems per evening) at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic that takes place every Wednesday at White House Bar in Limerick, Ireland. Poets that cannot come to the live readings, due to distance or other impediments, can read their poems in video conference over the internet or can submit a recorded video or, if they are technology shy, can nominate someone to read in their place.
From the longlist the judge will select a shortlist of 10 poems that will be read by the authors at the Final Competition Celebration on Wednesday 11th December 2013 in Limerick when the winner will be announced.
Poems are anonymously judged.
To give chances to more poets, each poet can have maximum three poems selected for the longlist and only one poem for the shortlist.
Prizes will be increased if more entries are received.
Poems must be unpublished. By entering the competition you agree to have your poems published or broadcast in any form (book, ebook, video, …) in relation to the competition without the right to claim any compensation. However you keep any copyright on your poems and the right to publish them elsewhere after the date of the Competition Final (11th December 2013).
Poems can be on any theme and of any length.
Poems cannot be modified once they have been submitted.
You can submit your poems online or, if you are in the Republic of Ireland, you can post them at:
Desmond O'Grady Poetry Competition White House Limerick Poetry 52, O'Connell Street Limerick
If posting your poems, please include your name, address, phone number and a Postal Order payment, otherwise they can’t be accepted.
For any queries e-mail us at DesmondOGradyPoetryCompetition@gmail.com or phone us at +353-86-8657494