Our Logo is a Celtic Triskele symbol that signifies spirit, mind and body and also depicts power, intellect and love. It was originally designed by local artist and teacher the late Tony O’Callaghan

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally

acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together

writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in

the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.

31st May to 4th of June 2017

Full Programme of Events will be available very soon.

Download a copy of our Workshops Programme 2017 below.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou


Full details on each competition, closing dates, criteria etc can be found HERE.

Creative Writing Workshops 2017

Planning the Novel

Planning the Novel

with Giles Foden

Novel Advanced

Novel Advanced

with Richard Skinner

Creative Writing Competitions 2017

Closing Date 3rd March 2017

Kerry Group Irish Novel of 2017
Prize: €15,000 for a published Novel by an Irish author.

Pigott Poetry Prize
Prize: 5,000 for a published Book of Poetry by an Irish poet.

Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Award
Prize: €750

Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award
Prize: €1,000, plus a Professional Reading in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Bryan Mac Mahon Short Story Award
Prize: €2000 for a Short Story

Poetry Collection Award
Prize: €1,500 for the best collection of poetry

Single Poem Award 
Prize: €700

Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story, Humorous Essay or Short Poem Award
Prize: €750

The National Children’s Literary Festival at Listowel Writers’ Week aims to encourage children of all ages to discover and engage with the world of literature and arts. We aim to present an annual programme of events that are educational, inspiring and  accessible to children and their families.  (Most importantly we aim to have fun!)

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