The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, which is sponsored by Ireland’s famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, is being launched in Brooklyn this June. There are three cash prizes for a single unpublished poem, and this year they are a whopping €10,000 (c. $13,000), €2,000 (c. $2,600) and €1,000 (c. $1,300), making it one of the most lucrative prizes in the poetry world.
The judge is New York State Poet Laureate, Marie Howe. She will be reading at the launch at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg on Friday, June 7, alongside award-winning poets Nick Laird and Catherine Barnett.
The competition is run in association with Ireland’s international arts and literature magazine The Moth, which features poetry, short fiction, art and interviews, from the likes of J. P. Donleavy, Anne Enright, Paul Muldoon, DBC Pierre and Les Murrary. The winning poems will be published in the spring 2014 issue of the magazine, and the winners will be invited to read at a special event at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine in May 2014.
Darina Allen from Ballymaloe and the publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, will appear at the June 7 launch event.
The June 7 event will begin at 7 p.m. Pete’s Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg. For more details see www.themothmagazine.com.