The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2013 will be accepting entries from 1 June. There are three cash prizes for a single unpublished poem, and this year they have increased to €10,000, €2,000 and €1,000, making it one of the most lucrative prizes in the poetry world.
The competition will be launched at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York on 7 June, with readings by Nick Laird, Catherine Barnett and this year's judge, Marie Howe. More details available here.
The winners of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2012 were as follows:
The Astronaut by Tom Moore
‘I am delighted and honoured to receive the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. This is a major award, judged anonymously by a leading poet, and is a huge encouragement to me. I have been reading poetry since my mid-twenties but only recently started writing under the guidance of experienced practitioners. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in writing to engage with their local literature centres and literary magazines.’
Oranges by Kita Shantiris
‘Because I work in a completely different field, I am a relatively isolated writer. What a shot-in-the-arm it is to receive one of The Moth’s Ballymaloe Poetry Prizes.’
Fathom by Paula Cunningham
‘As a lover of both poetry and food, and a great admirer of the judge’s work, I can think of no better prize to be listed for.’
The following poems were also commended:
A Fable of Sorts by Vona Groarke
The Writer Paul Watson has Dinner with Adeed by Dan O’Brien
An Honest Moon by Kita Shantiris
The 2012 competition was judged by Leontia Flynn.
The winners of the 2011 competition, judged by Matthew Sweeney, were: Paul McMahon, Sarah Clancy and Lydia Macpherson. Poems by Adam Wyeth, Josephine Dickinson, Padraic Harvey, Laurency O'Dwyer and Kona Macphee were also commended.