Well, the results are in – and were announced last Sunday night at the closing of this year’s festival. One of the shortlisted poets, Robert E. Wilson,  was here at the festival to read his own poem and the other six  were read by members of the Curlew Theatre Company. We were amazed and delighted to receive over 160 entries which came from all over the world. The winning entry “Sweet Intertidal Flesh” came from Jenny Blackford in Australia who wins the first prize of €250, and second place goes to Shara Lessley from the USA who will receive a cheque for €100 for her poem “Blue Mussels”. The seven shortlisted poems are shown here along with judge Eamon Grennan’s adjudication and explanation for his choices.

Eamonn Grennan, Poet and Professor of Literature at Vassar University, New York, was the competition judge and this is what he had to say:

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Winner – 1st Prize

‘Sweet intertidal flesh’
by Jenny Blackford, New South Wales, Australia

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Runner up – 2nd Prize

‘Blue Mussels’
by Shara Lessley, Virginia, USA

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5 Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

‘The Mighty Mussel’
by Robert E. Wilson, Co. Antrim

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‘Mussels for Muscles’
by Jennifer Herron, N. Ireland

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‘Embedded’
by Afric McGlinchy, originally from Galway now living in Cork.

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‘All In a Row’
by Kaytie Rose Thomas, from South Carolina but  living in Aberdeen, Scotland

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‘Father’
by Niamh O’Farrell-Tyler, Ireland

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