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Fool for Poetry International
Chapbook Competition Winners

Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry

16chapbooks

 

View winning and commended authors from

2020 (Felicity Sheehy & Vicky Morris)

2019 (Heather Treseler & Audrey Molloy)

2018 (Katie Hale & Regina Melveny)

2017 (Molly Minturn & Bernadette McCarthy)

2016 (John Mee & Maya Catherine Popa)

2015 (Victor Tapner & Tania Hershman)

2014 (Virginia Astley & Victoria Kennefick)

2008 (Jennifer Minniti-Shippey)

2005 (Irene Mosvold)

 

Announcing the winners of the 2020
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Losing the Farm by Felicity Sheehy
(New York, USA)

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Felicity Sheehy's work has appeared in The New Republic, The Yale Review, Narrative, Poetry Ireland Review, The Adroit Journal, Blackbird, Shenandoah, Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Poet Lore and elsewhere. She has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Jane Martin Prize, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She has received additional prizes and scholarships from Narrative Magazine, the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, the York Poetry Prize, and the Ledbury Poetry Festival, among others. In 2019 and 2020, she was listed as one of Narrative's 30 below 30 emerging writers. She received a B.A. from Yale University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge on a Paul Mellon Fellowship.

Losing the Farm by Felicity Sheehy will be launched at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival (May 10th - 15th). She will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and 25 copies of the chapbook.

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2nd Prize: If All This Never Happened by Vicky Morris
(Sheffield, England)

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Vicky Morris is a British/Welsh poet and creative educator based in Sheffield. She’s been widely published in places like The Rialto, Under the Radar and The North and is the editor of four anthologies of poetry and fiction by young writers. In 2020, she won first place in the Aurora Prize for Poetry, and was one of ten shortlisted in the Magma Poetry Pamphlet Competition judged by Mary Jean Chan. In 2019 she won first place in the Prole Laureate Competition and was highly commended in the Mother’s Milk Poetry Prize. Vicky has worked for many years developing young creatives across South Yorkshire and founded Hive Young Writers Project in 2016. In 2019 she received a Sarah Nulty Award for Creativity for her impact in the region. She is a recent Arvon/Jerwood mentee, and a current contributing editor at Poetry Wales. www.vickymorris.co.uk

If All This Never Happened by Vicky Morris will be launched at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival (May 10th - 15th). She will receive a cash prize of €500 and 25 copies of the chapbook.

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Finalists

Listed alphabetically by author surname

The Book of Unknowing by Partridge Boswell (Vermont, USA)
Forbidden Flowers
by Carmen Cornue & Donna Morton (California, USA)
Black Sun by Joanne Dominique Dwyer (New Mexico, USA)
Anatomy of a Honey girl (short poems for tired women)
by Liz Houchin (Dublin, Ireland)
Our Dresses Run Without Us by Jeri Onitskansky (London, England)
Of Vinegar  Of Pearl by V. Penelope Pelizzon (Connecticut, USA)
Shotgun Death with Dodge & Northern Catalpa
by Greg Rappleye (Michigan, USA)
Lullaby by Rebecca Timson (Washington, USA)

 

Commended

Listed alphabetically by author surname

Westering by Graham Allen (Cork, Ireland)
Last Night in America
by Partridge Boswell (Pennsylvania, USA)
Amelia Earhart Through Mist by Matt Brydon (Somerset, England)
Sister Wives by Matt Brydon (Somerset, England)
And by Patrick Clarke (Liverpool, England)
Under the Influence by Louise G. Cole (Roscommon, Ireland)
Stained Glass by Jason Gray (North Carolina, USA)
Love Is No Toll Road by Phelim Kavanagh (Wexford, Ireland)
Red Light Circus by Fiona Pitt-Kethley (Murcia, Spain)
Reshaping the Light by Breda Joyce (Tipperary, Ireland)
Cleopatra in the Club Car by Michael B. McMahon (California, USA)
Salt Rain by Audrey Molloy (NSW, Australia)
Good Hope by Sue Norton (York, England)
Innocent Spaces by Hugh O’Donnell (Dublin, Ireland)
Post by Beam Joist by Rafter by Mara Adamitz Scrupe (Virginia, USA)
Milk And Blood by Bobbie Sparrow (Galway, Ireland)
A Place of Pointed Stones by Jessica Traynor (Dublin, Ireland)
The Woods
by John Tucker (Cumbria, England)
on cloud eight by Maresa Sheehan (Carlow, Ireland)
Celestial Mechanics by Anthony Walton (Maine, USA)
Love Between Men by Pádraig Ó Tuama (Fermanagh, Northern Ireland)
Emptying the Hourglass by Ruth Quinlan (Galway, Ireland)
Dreamtide & Wake by Ana Pugatch (Virginia, USA)
An Uncertain Houseguest by Laurin Becker Macios (Connecticut, USA)

 

Note: Finalists and commended manuscripts were selected by Patrick Cotter from a blind reading of over 290 manuscripts. James Harpur and Maya C. Popa were the judges of the ten finalists.

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Announcing the winners of the 2019
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Parturition by Heather Treseler
(Massachusetts, USA)

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Heather Treseler is Associate Professor of English and the Presidential Fellow in Art, Education, and Community at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. Her poems appear in PN Review, Harvard Review, Cincinnati Review, The Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly ReviewNotre Dame Review, Western Humanities Review, Boulevard, Pleiades, and Southern Humanities Review, among other journals, and have received prizes from Frontier Poetry, The Worcester Review, and Missouri Review. Her essays about contemporary poetry appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and in six books of criticism. Her work has received support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the T. S. Eliot Estate, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. She lives outside of Boston.

Ms Treseler's chapbook will be launched at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival (March 24th - March 28th). Ms Treseler will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and accommodation with full board for three nights at the festival.

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2nd Prize: Satyress by Audrey Molloy
(Sydney, Australia)

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Audrey Molloy is an award-winning Irish poet based in Sydney. Her work has been widely published, most recently in The North, Mslexia, Magma, The Moth, Southword, The Irish Times and The Tangerine. In 2019 she was selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry. Her poem 'Salt Rain' was awarded the Listowel Writers' Week Poem of the Year 2019.  www.audreymolloy.com

Ms Molloy's chapbook will be launched at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival (March 24th - March 28th). Ms Molloy will receive a cash prize of €500 and accommodation with full board for three nights at the festival.

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Finalists

(listed alphabetically by author surname)
Father of Invention by Partridge Boswell (New York, USA)
Milk Island by Partridge Boswell (New York, USA)
Pilgrim by Caroline Bracken (Dublin, Ireland)
Hero Hallucination by Joanne Dominique Dwyer (New Mexico, USA)
Songs For a Patriarch by Jenny Mitchell (London, England)
Satyress by Audrey Molloy (New South Wales, Australia)
V by Sarah Kathryn Moore (Washington, USA)
Even Townies Dream by Melanie Power (Montreal, Canada)
Parturition by Heather Treseler (Massachusetts, USA)
Late Songs & Psalms by Mark Wagenaar (Indiana, USA)

Commended

(listed alphabetically by author surname)

On Either Hand by Amy Bagan (Venice, Italy)
Red Orpheus by Michelle Bitting (California, USA)
Orpheus After by Partridge Boswell (New York, USA)
2012 2014 by Sarah Bowman (Dublin, Ireland)
Toward the Wild Abundance by Kristin Brace (Michigan, USA)
Cocoon by Dylan Brennan (Mexico City, Mexico)
Volcanoes by Jo Burns (Miltenberg, Germany)
Liffey Sequence & Other Poems by David Butler (Wicklow, Ireland)
Alex by Craig Cotter (California, USA)
Forenoon by A.M. Cousins (Wexford, Ireland)
Rain by Rachel Coventry (Galway, Ireland)
13.12.18 by Kathy D’Arcy (Cork, Ireland)
Anticipation by Elizabeth Davies (London, England)
Uncertain Salvation by Tim Dwyer (Bangor, Northern Ireland)
Singed Harvest by Mary Fitzpatrick (California, USA)
Orchids, Bees, Poems by Eoin Hegarty (Cork, Ireland)
spectroscope by Alice Hiller (London, England)
Crow Magic by Fergus Hogan (Waterford, Ireland)
Madagascar by Don Hogle (New York, USA)
Bone Music by Trish Hopkinson (Utah, USA)
Sing the Body by Christina Hutchins (California, USA)
Tales of the Woodcock by Julie Irigaray (London, England)
The Mersey by Maria Isakova-Bennet (Liverpool, England)
The inheritors by Dominic James (Gloucestershire, UK)
Spindrift by Breda Joyce (Tipperary, Ireland)
Narrow as the Salmon Weir Bridge by Susan Kelly (Mayo, Ireland)
Boy Putting Bread in an Oven by Lee Lawson Stockdale (North Carolina, USA)
Wire Mother by Rob Lipton (California, USA)
Tell You What by Gianmarc Manzione (Florida, USA)
Forever by Martin McCarthy (Cork, Ireland)
Telling the Bees by Bruce Meyer (Ontario, Canada)
Such Silence She Fell Into by Geraldine Mitchell (Mayo, Ireland)
Black Rapunzel by Jenny Mitchell (London, England)
Mother, I Am Your Mother Now by Audrey Molloy (New South Wales, Australia)
The Dollmaker’s Daughter by Elisabeth Murawski (Virginia, USA)
Not A Bother by Cian Murphy (London, England)
Habits of Containment by Hugh O’Donnell (Dublin, Ireland)
The Visible Woman by Jamie O’Halloran (California, USA)
The Boy on the Ridge by Michael Pearce (California, USA)
Lagan by Niamh Prior (Cork, Ireland)
Bone House by Katherine Robinson (Cambridge, England)
Take Hearth by Nicola Spendlove (Waterford, Ireland)
Scents by Paul Sutherland (Lincolnshire, England)
We Become Witches by Rosamund Taylor (Dublin, Ireland)
Citizen’s Arrest by Patricia Walsh (Cork, Ireland)
Sharecropper’s Son by Margot Wizansky (Massachusetts, USA)

Note: Finalists and commended manuscripts were selected by Patrick Cotter. A judging panel of James Harpur, Gerry Murphy and Maya C. Popa voted on the ten finalists to determine the winners.

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Announcing the winners of the 2018
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Assembly Instruction by Katie Hale
(Cumbria UK)

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Photography by Phil Rigby

Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale's debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She recently won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Buzzwords Poetry Competition, and came second in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published in Poetry ReviewThe North and Interpreter’s House, among others. Following a year's mentoring from Penguin Random House UK through their inaugural WriteNow scheme, Katie's debut novel, My Name is Monster, will be published by Canongate in 2019. She runs creative writing workshops in schools, and is currently working on a first full collection of poetry.

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2nd Prize: other gods by Regina Melveny
(California, USA)

Photography by Andrea Bricco

Regina O’Melveny’s poetry has been anthologized and widely published in literary magazines including The Bellingham Review, rattapallax, The Sun, Solo, and Bacopa.  Her long poem Fireflies won the Conflux Press Award, and recently Conflux Press published two of her chapbooks, New and A Secret. Her collection, Blue Wolves, was published by Bright Hill Press, winning their full-length poetry book award. Little, Brown and Company published her novel The Book of Madness and Cures, one of six books listed by npr.org under “Time Passages: The Year’s Best Historical Fiction” in Best Books of 2012. She lives with her husband in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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Finalists

(listed alphabetically by author surname)

Lucky Scars by Partridge Boswell (Vermont, USA)
My Half of Night by Emily Davis-Fletcher (South Carolina, USA)
Threshold of Light by Michael S. Glaser (Maryland, USA)
Mute Swans on the Cam by Jan Harris (Notts, UK)
From a Green Headland by Phelim Kavanagh (Co. Wexford, Ireland)
Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly (New Jersey, USA)
Song of the Satyress by Audrey Molloy (NSW, Australia)
The Untimely Death of My Mother’s Hens by Breda Spaight (Co. Limerick, Ireland)

Commended (listed alphabetically by author surname)

Dandelion Skeletons by Eric Berlin (New York, USA)
Sweet Home Bewilderness by Partridge Boswell (Vermont, USA)
The Drowned City by Jerm Curtin (Badajoz, Spain)
Life Coaching for Gargoyles by Mick Corrigan (Kildare, Ireland)
Out of Blocks by Terence Doyle (Cork, Ireland)
The Long-Term Effects of Exposure to a Civilised Society by Rory Duffy (Westmeath, Ireland)
Zambra for a Broken Star by Ed Frankel (Los Angeles, USA)
After Spicer by Ed Frankel (Los Angeles, USA)
The Unfinished Listening by Ed Frankel (Los Angeles, USA)
Garcia Lorca Becomes His Own Poem by Ed Frankel (Los Angeles, USA)
Hijito by Carlos Andrés Gómez (New York, USA)
i make men like you die sweetly by Paula Harris (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Bronze by Eoin Hegarty (Dublin, Ireland)
Stone Stacker by Shannon Tate Jonas (Illinois, USA)
There Go I by Majella Kelly (Galway, Ireland)
A different Denouement by Donald Levering (New Mexico, USA)
Breakfast Islands by Mike Lewis-Beck (Iowa, USA)
Lorca and the Gipsies by Martin McCarthy (Cork)
Centipede by Bruce Meyer (Ontario, Canada)
The Knife Thrower’s Girl by Naomi Mulvihill (Boston, USA)
Start for Home by Cian Murphy (London, England)
Slaughter Hall by Clifton Redmond (Carlow, Ireland)
One of the Good Ones by Lauren Sartor (New York, USA)
The Diva Sings for Her Supper by Heidi Seaborn (Seattle, USA)
Out of Kilter by Larry Stapleton (Wexford, Ireland)
Swept Back by Jean Tuomey (Mayo, Ireland)
AND by Roderic Vincent (Shropshire, England)
Night Blue by Margaret Young – (Beverly, USA)

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Announcing the winners of the 2017
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Not in Heaven by Molly Minturn
(Charlottesville, USA)

Molly Minturn

Molly Minturn lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, the Iowa Review, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, the Toast, Indiana Review, Longreads, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Virginia. This is her first book.

"Not in Heaven is writing of really high quality, both in the construction and in the thinking. The thought is very sophisticated here. A poem like ‘Amor Fati’ is brilliantly created with lines like ‘I can play Beethoven loud as I want/ mournful Beethoven to dead trees,// I like the way/ his music goes back on its word.’ This is typical of the level of insight, of reflection and refraction, in many of the poems here. A lyric like ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ is superb, ironic and echoing, as is ‘The Natural Order’ and ‘The Copper Age.'"
(2017 Pannel judge Thomas McCarthy)

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2nd Prize: Bog Arabic by Bernadette McCarthy
(Cork, Ireland)

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Bernadette McCarthy lives in Kilmichael near Macroom and has a PhD in early medieval archaeology from UCC.  Her poems have been published in journals including The Penny Dreadful, Agenda, Causeway, Crannóg, The Lake, and The Linnet’s Wings, and also in the Irish Examiner and the anthology On the Banks (ed. A. Hopkins, Collins Press 2016). She was highly commended in the 2015 Ó Bhéal Five Words Competition.

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Finalists

(listed alphabetically by author surname)

“Translation Class” - Tista Austin , UK 
“Instructions to Women” - Sarah Bence, USA 
“Lucky Scars” - Partridge Boswell, USA 
“Sweet Home Bewilderness” - Partridge Boswell, USA 
“Sewers of Love” - Donald Levering USA
“Bog Arabic” - Bernadette McCarthy, Ireland
“Not In Heaven” - Molly Minturn, USA 
“Mother Creature” - Audrey Molloy, Australia
“There Are Monsters In This House” - James O'Leary, Ireland 
“An Irish Lesson” - Clifton Redmond, Ireland

Commended (listed alphabetically by author surname)

Words are Words are Words by Tess Adams (Leigh, UK)
Grief Glass
by Julie Ascarruz (Lafayette, USA)
Translation Class
by Tista Austin (Cambridgeshire, UK)
Full and Hollow
by Erin Bedford (Toronto, Canada)
Instructions to Women
by Sarah Bence (Okemos, USA)
Lucky Scars
by Patridge Boswell (Woodstock, USA)
Sweet Home Bewilderness
by Patridge Boswell (Woodstock, USA)
Taller Than Physics
by Toby Buckley (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
The Art of Disappearing
by Angela Carr (Dublin, Ireland)
Shark to the Coral Fishers
by Tom Cleary (Yorkshire, UK)
I Can't Stop Being Impressed
by Conor Cleary (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Nothing Matters
by Kevin Conroy (Naas, Ireland)
Cemetery Songs
by Brendan Cooney (Norwich, UK)
Marchinha
by Jerm Curtain (Badajoz, Spain)
Blood Horses
by Moyra Donaldson (Newtownards, Northern Ireland)
Proof
by Lucy Duggan (Pritzwalk, Germany)
Seven Sugar Cubes
by Clodagh Beresford Dunne (Dungarvan, Ireland)
Inside Rattling
by Alison Hill (Leek, UK)
Haunted House
by Alice Hiller (London, UK)
Blossom End, Stem End
by Dominic James (Chalford, UK)
Cavalries of Love
by Sean Kelly (Cork, Ireland)
Accuracy of the Bar Coded, Prolonged etc.
by Daniel Kuriakose (USA)
A Dovetail of Breath
by Fiona Larkin (Kingston upon Thames, UK)
Who Chafes to Change the Azimuth
by Charles Leggett (Seattle, USA)
Praise to the Sewers of Lvov
by Donald Levering (Santa Fe, USA)
We're All Going
by Thomas Lloyd-Evans (Berkhamsted, UK)
Mutual Life
by Scott Lowery (Minnesota, USA)
Throwing Shapes
by Emer Lyons (Dunedin, New Zealand)
For Waltz
by Agnes Marton (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)
The Sea Beats in You
by Martin McCarthy (Cork, Ireland)
Chains Made of Fire
by David McAllister (Huntsville, USA)
Bog Arabic
by Bernadette McCarthy (Macroom, Ireland)
Ghost-Roads
by Paul McMahon (Kinsale, Ireland)
A Quire of Stones
by Winifred McNulty (Mountcharles, Ireland)
Not in Heaven
by Molly Minturn (Charlottesville, USA)
Mother Creature
by Audrey Molloy (Cremorne, Australia)
Bindings
by Cian Murphy (London, UK)
On London Bridge
by Judy O'Kane (London, UK)
There Are Monsters In This House
by James O'Leary (Cork, Ireland)
Through Windows
by Susan Purr (North Carolina, USA)
An Irish Lesson
by Clifton Redmond (Carlow, Ireland)
Treading Water
by Emily Grace Rowe (Simpsonville, USA)
Hether Blether
by Julie-Ann Rowell (Totnes, UK)
Earthing Up
by Michael Laurence Rynne (Perth, Australia)
Self Portrait with Housewife
by Jennifer Saunders (Hindelbank, Switzerland)
Histories of a Colonial Garden
by Mara Adamitz Scrupe (Philadelphia, USA)
The Thing You Learn
by Michael Sheehan (Glanmire, Ireland)
Retreat
by Emma Staughton (Cornwall, UK)
Let her Rip, Daughter!
by Frances Corkey Thompson (Ilfracombe, UK)
The Uncertainty Principle
by Pam Thompson (UK)
Via
by David Van-Cauter (Hitchin, UK)
Lower Lip
by Roderic Vincent (Ludlow, UK)
The Brass Bed
by Annette Volfing (Oxford, UK)
The Walled Garden
by Anthony Watts (Taunton, UK)
Calendar on Fire
by Nerys Williams (Kells, Ireland)

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Announcing the winners of the 2016
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

(Both 2016 winners are débutantes)

1st Prize: From the Extinct by John Mee
(Cork, Ireland)

John Mee won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015. His poems have been published in The Rialto, Prelude, The SHOp, Big Wide Words, Poetry on the Buses (London), Cyphers, Southword and The Cork Literary Review. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2008. He was born in Canada and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He is a professor in the Law School at University College Cork.

'A beautiful formality of language, a keen sense of irony, a consciousness of the music of history, all combine here in this rich work of poetry. Mee is one of the most gifted poets of the South to emerge in recent decades.' --Thomas McCarthy

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2nd Prize: The Bees Have Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa (New York, USA)

Maya Catherine Popa is a 2015 Ruth Lilly finalist and a recipient of the Editor's Award from the Poetry Foundation. Her writing appears in Poetry, Tin House, the TLS, and elsewhere. She holds degrees from Barnard College, Oxford University, and New York University. She lives and teaches in New York City.

'The poems crackle with electricity, such is the cognitive energy with which Popa marshals and commands language and form. There is an underlying scholarliness which is never didactic, shot through as it is by humour and lyricism.' --Jenny Lewis

bees

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Announcing the winners of the 2015
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Banquet in the Hall of Happiness by Victor Tapner
(Essex, UK)

Victor TapnerVictor Tapner's first poetry collection Flatlands (Salt) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the East Anglian Book Award's poetry prize. He has also won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and Scotland's Wigtown prize. His latest collection, Waiting to Tango, appeared in 2016 from Templar. A full-time writer, he was previously a Financial Times journalist. He lives near London. For more information about the author, visit www.victortapner.com

Banquet in the Hall of HappinessBanquet in the Hall of Happiness by Victor Tapner
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2nd Prize: Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is open
by Tania Hershman (Bristol, UK)


Tania HershmanTania Hershman lives in Bristol, UK, and is the author of two short story collections and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion. To purchase SIGNED copies of this chapbook, or for more information on the writer, visit taniahershman.com

Tania HershmanNothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open by Tania Hershman
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Announcing the winners of the 2014
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

(Both 2014 winners are débutantes)

1st Prize: The Curative Harp by Virginia Astley
(Middlesex, UK)

Virginia Astley is a songwriter and musician who from a young age has appreciated the process of writing, often working things out by writing them out. Her collection Solvitur Ambulato was published in The New Writer earlier this year. She has won prizes in several competitions including: The Frogmore, Ver Poets, East Coker and Manchester Cathedral. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing her book: Keeping the River. This is a narrative non-fiction based on the River Thames and the lives of those who work and live on the river. She has received the Dorset Prize for Poetry. The Curative Harp, a début publication for Astley, was a co-winner of the 2014 Fool For Poetry Competition.

Curative HarpThe Curative Harp by Virginia Astley
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2nd Prize: White Whale by Victoria Kennefick
(Cork, Ireland)

Victoria Kennefick is a native of Shanagarry, Co. Cork.  She was a receipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 and completed her PhD in Literature at University College Cork in 2009. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Wordlegs, The Weary Blues and Abridged.  She won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize in 2013 and is shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014 judged by Emily Berry.  In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2013 and highly commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize 2014.  She was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013 and at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival Emerging Writers Reading in February 2014.  Now living and working in Kerry, she is a member of the Listowel Writers' Week committee and co-coordinator of its New Writers' Salon, as well coordinating the recently established Kerry Women Writers' Network.   She is the recipient of the Cill Rialaig /Listowel Writers' Week Residency Award 2014 and has just been granted a Bursary from Kerry County Council.  Victoria will be running poetry writing workshops in Tralee and Listowel Libraries sponsored by Kerry County Council as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2014.

Victoria KennefickWhite Whale by Victoria Kennefick
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Finalists

(listed alphabetically by author surname)

Graham Allen. Cork, Ireland
Judith Barrington. Portland, Oregon, USA
Lucinda Grey. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Maria Isakova Bennett. Liverpool, UK
Jory Michelson. Bellingham, Washington, USA
Emma Must. Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Don Nixon. Wolverhampton, Shropshire, UK
James Patterson. Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Jamie Weaver. Chicago, Illinois, USA
Charles Wuest. Texas, Dallas, USA

Commended (listed alphabetically by author surname)

Lucy Brennan. Canada.
David Butler. Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Stephanie Conn. Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Marie Coveney. Monkstown, Co. Cork, Ireland
Kathryn Criston. Meilen, Switzerland
Armel Dargon. Alencon, France
Darren Donohue. Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Clarissa P Green. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Minal Hajratwala, India
Katharine Janeczek. Galway, Ireland
Sheila Mannix. Baltimore, Co. Cork
Olivia Kenny McCarthy. Cloughboley, Sligo
Paul McMahon. Sligo, Ireland
James O’Sullivan.
M Rather, Jr. Orange, Texas, USA.
Michael Ray. Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Janet M Roberts. El Cerrito Hills, California, USA
Lynn Roberts. Tunbridge Wells, UK
Julie-Ann Rowell. Totnes, Devon, UK
Breda Wall Ryan. Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Michael Sheehan. Glanmire, Co. Cork, Ireland
Jasper Winn. Bandon, Co. Cork
Landa Wo. Munich, Germany
Kirby Wright. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Announcing the winner of the 2008
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

Done Dating DJs by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey

Jennifer Minniti-ShippeyJennifer Minniti-Shippey studied Creative Writing at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, and is a graduate of the MFA program at San Diego State University. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and her chapbook, Less Whiskey, was published through Poetry International’s New Poets of America Series. She grew up in Oregon, and since then has lived happily in the southern United States, Spain, and Ireland. She now lives in San Diego, California where she teaches creative writing and horseback riding, although not at the same time. Jennifer Minniti-Shippey appeared at the Munster Literature Centre's Éigse 2009 festival on Thursday, 19th February 2009.

Done Dating DJsDone Dating DJs by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey was winner of the 2008 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition published by Southword Editions, Cork. Minniti-Shippey’s Done Dating DJs contains poems with precursors as varied as William Carlos Williams and Rita Ann Higgins. A wry sophisticated humour is invested in these crisp confident poems by a young poet who has found her voice. If Sex and the City were aimed at a higher brow level and written inverse, this could be it.

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Announcing the winner of the 2005
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits by Irene Mosvold

Irene Mosvold

Irene Mosvold is a poet from Kentucky, USA. Publications in journals include poems in Arable Press, Heliotrope and Revival. Her work has been anthologised in Open 24 Hours (Open 24 Hours Press, 2007), Scríobh Poetry Competition Chapbook (Scríobh and Model Arts, 2006), Splinters, A Collection of Stories (Waldron, Dillon, Aghamore, Ballyhounis Company, 2005), and Dexter Hannon's Guide to Auto Maintenance (Smiling Politely Publishing, 2004).

Never Trust Where a Cat SitsThese poems speak with an honesty and straightforwardness, impossible to doubt. If the Wife of Bath had a descendant living in the New World, she could have written these. Of the body and the bawdy, these sixteen short pieces entertain by sly syllables, quick phrases, stunning twists. This is a prize-winning chapbook as refreshing and unabashed as a Sheela-na-gig. -Ron Houchin

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