March 7th, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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5th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

Our hearty congratulations to Jill Munro, this year’s Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her beautiful poem, Ptarmigan. Jill’s poem was published in Five Words Vol XI, launched at our 11th anniversary event on April 16th 2018.

Our warm congratulations also to all of the poets who had shortlisted entries, and for the highly commended entries from Margaret McCarthy and from previous competition winner Derek Sellen. Thanks to everyone who sent in entries, which increased slightly to 293, and our warm thanks to judges Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart for their hard work in teasing out a very strong shortlist and worthy winner.


Ptarmigan by   Jill Munro (England) winner
Among Starlings   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland) highly commended
A Dream of my Dead Grandmother
in the Modern Art Museum   by   Derek Sellen (England) highly commended
Disciplining the Modern Satyr   by   Mary-Jane Holmes (England)
Nothing To See  by   Giles Constable (England)
How We Are   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Writing for the Ó Bhéal
Open-Mic   by   Jim Crickard (Ireland)
Amber   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Reindeer Moss   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
Every Sunday Ever   by   Kirsten Irving (England)
Centenary  by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
My Mother’s Birthplace  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)

Judges: Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart

The shortlisted and winning poems will appear in Five Words Vol XI, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 16th of April 2018, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 6th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 17th of April, 2018.

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