Monday, May 25, 2015

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2015!

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2015!


The above are inviting entries for their short story prize and well worth a try with a word limit of 6000. An entry form can be downloaded at Here The entries will be judged by Donal Ryan and the winning story  will be published in August 2015 in the magazine. The method of payment is by cheque, postal order or cash (made payable to "The Moth Magazine Ltd") and is €12, or by credit or debit card via PayPal (payment to enquiries @the mothmagazine.com). The Annual subscription to The Moth is €20. But access the site for further info on all of the above. As it says, read the rules before sending in your entries.

The Moth Short Story Prize
The Moth
Drummullen
Cavan
Co. Cavan
Ireland.

And good luck!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wild Atlantic Words open poetry competition 2015!

Wild Atlantic Words open poetry competition 2015!


The above are inviting entries for their competition and with poems on any theme related to coastal landscape or maritime life or heritage. The competition to be judged by Breda Wall Ryan and with a first prize of €500. The closing date for entry is the 19th of July, so there is still plenty of time to get your entries in. There is a second prize of one week's retreat at The Creativity Cabin on the Beara peninsula and a third prize of €100. Many people I'm sure would opt for the second prize. A fee of €10 for three entries but you can enter as many times as you like. Poems not to exceed 40 lines. Full details of everything required as regards entries if you click Here and good luck. Winning and shortlisted poems will be featured at the Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival in Castletownbere, County Cork, on the 5-6 September 2015 and will be published in a printed anthology and/or on the Hungry Hill Website. Check out the link! Entries by post or on line. Hungry Hill Writing, Errisbeg, Rodeen, Castletownbere, County Cork Ireland. But payment in euros here!

Spanish Point Co. Clare
No tengo mas que darte!






   

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2015!

Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2015!

Boyle Co. Roscommon.
The closing date for the above competition is June the 25th so you still have a bit of time to get your entries in. A number of local writers have picked up awards here and Boyle is well worth a visit. The judge for this year's competition is Joseph Woods who was a former director of Poetry Ireland and needs no introduction. He has judged any number of literary competitions and has three collections of poetry to his name and is working on a fourth collection. 

The prize for this year's competition is €250 for first prize plus 2 x  €50 highly commended. Shortlisted poems will be notified ahead of the awards which will be held on Saturday the 1st of August in King House Boyle Co. Roscommon. The entry fee is €5 per poem and an entry form must accompany. You can submit as many poems as you like. Details to be checked out Here or telephone 00 353 (0) 7196 63085. The E-mail address is info@boylearts.com . Poems must be the original unpublished work of the author and not exceed 40 lines. The name of the entrant not to appear on the poem itself. And good luck!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Meath Writers' Circle May 2015!

The Meath Writers' Circle May 2015!

On a night of competing interests about ten or eleven members turned out for the monthly meeting of the The Meath Writers' Circle in the Trim Castle Hotel. Verona to distribute minutes and reports on what was decided with regard to poetry and short story competition. A number of interesting poems and stories read and plans for up-coming events that are as yet undecided. Anyone who has something to contribute or indeed an addition to what has already been submitted in relation to book (1916) please get it in ASAP. Hopefully it will all come together in time!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

RNLI Poetry Anthology/The Sea!

RNLI Poetry Anthology/The Sea!


Cover photograph by Gerry Canning
Art work by Laura de Barra
The Sea is a collection of poems published by Rebel Poetry which as the intro states is the merging of two of the passions of its editor Steve Moore, who is a member of the Skerries RNLI fundraising branch. His poem "Lost To The Sea" is in memory of those who were lost off the Skerries coast and is on page twenty six. It includes a number of stunning photographs and poems that touch on almost every experience of the sea and is well worth getting your hands if only because it's that the crew of each lifeboat is made up of unpaid volunteers. To order a copy of the book log on to Here and some interesting photos to view. Delighted to have a poem included myself "Flat Calm". The President Michael D. leads off with "In The Beginning I" and there are more than a few well know names scattered throughout. Sponsored by the Dublin Port Company, the fundraising is in aid of the RNLI.   


Saturday, April 25, 2015

High Nellies!

High Nellies!

Idling times
High Nellies/Laracor
The coefficients of drag
This way or that,
Plotting the itinerary
Salient points.

Dustings...
Of French chalk
And petroleum jelly
Withered leaves
And the Sturmey-Archers,
Boneshakers!

A Sunday
Up in Jones's Road
Getting to know you.
The Backs going back
And the roar of the crowd!
Amhrán na BhFiann
Out with the big fellas
The emergencies,
Patched up along
The Boyne.

And the "Bona Fides"
Trading names
Like Raleigh and Rudge
And Hercules.
Fined five shillings
The short cut
Home.

And Glory be to God!
But the postmistress models
Sheltering in the rain,
High Nellies
And the strawberry
Boaters.

The tales of the tape!
Votaries of the
Road!


Frank Murphy.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Border Talk

Border Talk

Present company excepted
Cavan/Leitrim
From Google Images
It was infants out
Patchy rain
Drizzle...

Plough lands
Measured out
To rood or perch.
The swig on a porter bottle,
Higglers,
Enquiring of the road,
Or timber down
Pups for sale!

A man was never poor
If he had a pig
A sow,
Or the pincer
Grip!

Throw your eye over
The optics,
The trig points,
The Gunter's chain,
A brolly was your
Only man.

The blur
Of declarations
"Who'd be asking?"

Clock watching
The shadows
Creeping over the floor
The aspidistra
Was leaning towards
The sun.

Frank Murphy.