Cobh International Poetry Competition

The 2024 competition will be lauched today, Saturday 11th May 2024.

We are delighted to announce that the 2024 Cobh International Poetry Competition is now open for entries.

This years theme is ‘Laugh Lines: A Celebration of Humor in Verse’.

We invite poets from around the globe to explore the lighter side of life through the art of poetry. Whether it’s witty wordplay, hilarious observations, or amusing anecdotes, we encourage you to use your creativity to bring joy and laughter. Let’s celebrate the power of humor to connect us and brighten our days.

Please remember that a strong connection to the theme is important.

We hope to build on the huge success of past years event which have seen entries from across the globe, so we are truly are looking forward to another excellent competition.

All winning poets, and the highly commended entires will be published in the first edition of The Great Islander journal.

Closing date:
Saturday 08th June.
Entry is FREE and the rules are below.

Adult (18+) Category Prize: €100
Adult Runner Up Prize: Special Gift
Youth (12-18 yrs) Category Prize: €50
Youth Runner Up Prize: Special Gift

Rules for Entries:

Theme: Laugh Lines: A Celebration of Humor in Verse

  1. Email to:
  2. No more than two entries per poet.
  3. No more than 40 lines.
  4. Include a short 3rd person bio in email.
  5. Judging will be on anonymised entries.
  6. Can be previously published but must be free to republish.
  7. Winners event Commodore Hotel, Cobh on Sat 15th June.

This year’s guest is Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan.

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan

A comedian, improviser, writer, podcaster and poet, Cornelius has performed widely and has played at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe and Kilkenny Cat Laughs. Television credits include Republic of Telly and Sketch (RTÉ 2 Sketch show).

Cornelius is at odds with the world. He is also at odds with himself – a middle-aged analogue man in a metaverse of confusion.

He is currently touring nationwide with his stand-up comedy show, A Bird in the Hand.

A Bird in the Hand is a stand-up comedy show that deals with serious topics like fatherhood, marriage, autism, in-laws, outlaws, cannabis and the sudden realisation that although he may be still in the race there is absolutely no chance of winning, so he may as well just get on with it!

“Never fails to make me laugh” – Chris Kent, Comedian

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