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The 2004 Jonathan Swift Poetry Competition


Swift Satire Poetry Competition 2004
1ST Prize €1,000
Closing Date: 24th July 2004

Dr John Hirsch

The Kilkenny International Swift Society invites submissions of a satirical poem in the spirit and style of Swift and on a topic of social/political interest. The competition is both a celebration of Swift as one of Ireland’s greatest satirists, and an invitation to contemporary writers to ‘translate’ his manner into a modern setting.

In keeping with Swiftian tradition, the poem should be substantial in length, and written throughout in rhyming couplets: examples of Swift’s poetical practice in this form, which entrants may wish to consult, are his famous satires, “A Panegyric on the Reverend Dean Swift”, “A Panegyric on the Dean”, “Verses on the Death of Dr Swift”, and “A Character, Panegyric, and Description of the Legion Club”.

The poem must be written in English, but its subject may refer to any country or culture or period. The judges of the competition are looking for a poem that displays a winning combination of technical skill and poetic humour – a combination that distinguishes most of Swift’s ironic and satirical verse. They are also interested to see how an eighteenth-century form might be adapted to new times and circumstances.

Entrants should submit only one poem, two copies of which should be included.

Prize: Eur 1,000

Closing date: 24th July 2004. Winners will be announced in mid-August.

Entry Fee: A single entry fee of USD 6.00, Eur 5.00 , £3.60 Stg or AUD 12.00 should accompany each submission.

Judge: Professor Joseph McMinn, University of Ulster

















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