Thank you to the many wonderful poets who entered our Second Annual International Poetry Chapbook Contest. We had fantastic entries from all over Ireland, as well as from Canada, the UK, the States, Spain and Australia.


Thank you also to Kevin O’Shea, who was very thoughtful in his judging. His comments appear below.


(All shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology later this year.)


The Winners are as follows:

1st place: Elly Nobbs - Prince Edward Island, Canada

2nd place: Shane Ward - Monaghan

3rd place: Alvy Carragher - Tipperary


Highly commended:

Josh Ekroy, London

Susan Flynn - Dublin


Comments from Kevin O’Shea, competition judge:

From the woman who 'tattooed Newton's third law of motion on her back' through the man who 'washed under his oxters and gargled ink' to the scarecrow who dreams 'of corn circles, wildcats and mandolins' the quirkiness, variety, power and beauty of the short-listed poems confirms, to misquote Louise Mac Neice, that good poetry "is crazier and more of it than we think..." These poems, revealing their nuances with each re-reading made the cruel duty of ranking a difficult but enriching task



However from the very first reading poet Elly Nobbs was top of the pile and never toppled. Her simple themes of collecting wood for the stove, tall tales about recipes and the what-ifs after a summer romance, are all treated with a maturity of touch and a dexterity of word selection. They provide sustenance for all the senses and caused this covetous judge to fantasize of having written them himself.




The shortlisted writers are as follows:

Alvy Carragher (Tipperary)

Ryan Devin (Liverpool)

Maurice Devitt (Dublin)

Mairead Donnellan (Cavan)

Josh Ekroy (London)

Susan Flynn (Dublin)

Bronwyn Lovell (Victoria, Australia)

E.E. Nobbs (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Mark Noonan (Atlanta)

Shane Ward (Monaghan)



The longlisted writers are as follows:

(*** Indicates a writer with multiple entries)


Alvy Carragher (Tipperary)

Stephanie Conn (Antrim)

Michael Corrigan (Kildare)

Derek Coyle (Carlow)

Bernie Crawford (Galway)

Ryan Devin (Liverpool)

Maurice Devitt (Dublin)***

Mairead Donnellan (Cavan)

Josh Ekroy (London)

Susan Flynn (Dublin)

Lisa Jodoin (New Brunswick, Canada)

Brian Kirk (Dublin)

Marybeth Larsen (Massachusetts)

Bronwyn Lovell (Victoria, Australia)

E.E. Nobbs (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Ruth Nolan (California)

Mark Noonan (Atlanta)

Breda Wall Ryan (Bray)

Shane Ward (Monaghan)