Munster Literature Centre
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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition Results

The winners of the 2022 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition, Milica Mijatović and Tracy Gaughan, will read from their winning chapbooks on 20th May 2023 at the Cork International Poetry Festival. We have also highlighted the finalists and highly commended entries below.

First Prize

War Food by Milica Mijatović

Ohio, USA

Milica Mijatović is a Serb poet and translator. Born in Brčko, Bosnia and Hercegovina, she relocated to the United States where she earned a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Capital University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University and is a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Rattle, Plume, The Louisville Review, Poet Lore, Collateral, Santa Clara Review, Barely South Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Consequence.

Second Prize

What it Costs by Tracy Gaughan


Tracy Gaughan lives in Galway.  Her poetry has appeared in Southword, Crannóg and ROPES. She was a finalist in the Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award and was selected for the Irish Writer Centre’s Mentorship Program in 2022.  That same year, her poem The Wild Purge was nominated for a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. A former poetry editor at The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Tracy holds an MA in International Literatures from the University of Galway and is the recipient of two Arts Council Awards. Her collective anthology, Pushed Toward the Blue Hour is published with Nine Pens Press.


This Topia by Partridge Boswell

Vermont, USA

Modern Cartographers by Charlotte Buckley

Dublin, Ireland

How to Stop Traffic by Daragh Byrne


Little Book of Monsters by John Cross

California, USA

Viva Voce by Joanne Dominique Dwyer

New Mexico, USA

Coming Home by Alison Gorman


you’re breaking up by Emer Lyons

West Cork, Ireland / New Zealand

Hame by Julie-ann Rowell


Highly Commended

Should You Ask by Morag Anderson


Another Word For Panic by Tom Bailey


My Mother as Walden Pond by Tess Barry

Pennsylvania USA

Intellectual Vertigo by Stephen Benz

New Mexico, USA

Aphasia by Partridge Boswell

Vermont, USA

Ensō Carousel by Partridge Boswell

Vermont, USA

A Bolt of Orange Silk by Peter Clarke

Dublin, Ireland

Everything We Love by William Leo Coakley

New York, USA

Some Become Dusters by Louise G Cole

Roscommon, Ireland

River Talk by Kerry Darbishire


Quartet for the End of Time by Theodore Deppe


Smoking Shelter by Chad Drame

Pennsylvania USA

Azulejos by Dena Fakhro


What time do you call this? by Frank Farrelly

Waterford, Ireland

Stones In The Shoes Of Our Dreams by Siobhán Flynn

Dublin, Ireland

Apart-mint by Steve Gehrke

Pennsylvania, USA

Judder by Patricia Gray

Washington D.C., USA

Bloody Limitations by Sineád Griffin

Dublin, Ireland

We All Fall Down by Sineád Griffin

Dublin, Ireland

Fragments of the Furies by Kenneth Hickey

Cork, Ireland

The Fox at the Crossroads by Fergus Hogan

Waterford, Ireland

The Cursing Lesson by Daniel Johnson

Vermont, USA

Depar / tures by Yoshimi Kato


Dreaming of Roses by John D. Kelly

Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Mandala by Steven Lautermilch

North Carolina USA

Ytterbium Clock by Daniel Liebert

Missouri USA

You Are Here by João Luís Barreto Guimarães


The bees are packing up their instruments and leaving the stage by Sarah Macleod


Unberthed by Shey Marque


The Woman Who Used to Bleed by Lorraine McArdle

Dublin, Ireland

The Last Tasmanian Tiger by Timothy McBride

North Carolina, USA

There are no rules for this by Joanne McCarthy

Waterford, Ireland

In Search of Music by Alison McCrossan

Cork, Ireland

In the half-dark of a bed, a street, a heart by Afric McGlinchey

Cork, Ireland

Petals by Elisabeth Murawski

Virgina, USA

An Echo Unfolds by Niamh O’Connell

Cork, Ireland

Benthule by Orlagh O’Farrell

Dublin, Ireland

Mysteries by Rory O Sullivan


Singing with the Cemetery Bird by Triin Paja


Hourglass by Ruth Quinlan

Galway, Ireland

Salvaged by Mary Ringland

Down, Northern Ireland

Songs of Spirit by Lee Sheridan

Kildare Ireland

Taking Stock by Fiona Smith

Cork, Ireland

New Buttons Sewn on an Old Dress by Tuğçe Tekhanli

Dublin, Ireland

Passing Through by Betty Thompson

Wexford, Ireland

Masters by Mark Ward

Dublin, Ireland

Orali nuembé by Landa wo