With one of the biggest monetary prizes in Ireland the the UK, the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize proves there can be a bit of money in poetry – even if there is very little poetry in money. This year’s first prize is €5,000 PLUS two nights bed, two breakfasts and one dinner for two at the beautiful Ballymaloe House in County Cork. Who knows, their 100+ten acres of gardens, orchards, greenhouses and organic farm may just inspire another poem by the winner! Don’t worry, the runners up will be treated well too! €1,000 and €500 respectively.
As a creative haven for food lovers and those passionate about fresh produce, Ballymaloe is a destination the world over and a family-run business. In association with The Moth, an international arts and literature magazine, Ballymaloe Cookery School is sponsoring the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. Speaking about the forthcoming event, Ballymaloe’s own Darina Allen remarked, “A little poetry enriches all of our daily lives so I am delighted to sponsor this prize”.
Leontia Flynn, winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and a Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, will judge the entries. The competition is open to one and all, so long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €6 per poem (or €7.50 if paying by money order) and each poet may enter as many original poems as he or she wishes. For more details about the competition, please visit The Moth Magazine‘s official site. Or you can ring them at +353 (0)49 4362677 or email the editor. The deadline for entries is 31 Decembet 2012 and the winner will be announced at a reception in Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork in March 2013 (like before) to which the three winners will be invited to read.