The long list for The Dermot Healy Poetry Competition will be announced by Wednesday/Thursday of next week, 6th/7th August, with the short list being announced soon after that. Some beautifully crafted poems are emerging. What a talented world we live in with entries from as far away as New Zealand and India, and as nearby as the U.K France, Germany and of course Eire. The standard is exceptionally high making our job a difficult one. The long list will contain 30 excellent poems with the short list featuring 10 of the very best work. Watch this space!