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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.

1st to 5th of JUNE 2016

Creative Writing Competitions Now Open for Submissions: Closing Date 3rd March 2016

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say”. F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s now time to enter our Creative Writing Competitions 2016

Why not kick-start your creative journey as a writer and follow in the footsteps of award-winning novelist/short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, who launched  her successful career by entering our Creative Writing Competitions many years ago – and more recently, emerging young playwright Sadhbh Moriarty, who picked up The Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award 2015.

Speaking about this year’s competitions, our Chairperson Liz Dunn says: “We recognize the determination and commitment of all writers through our annual, international creative writing competitions. The struggle to express one’s creativity through the written word is not an easy one. Once written, those precious words then face adjudication by those who read what has been penned, as their author anxiously awaits the outcome. We encourage you to try and we will laud and rejoice with you in your success.”

We are now accepting submissions online for a number of the competitions. These are: The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, Duais Foras Na Gaeilge, The Single Poem and the Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions.

Entries for the following competitions should be submitted by post: The Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, The Irish Post New Writing Competition, The Poetry Collection, The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Competition, Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award, Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth, Creative Writing for Special Educational Needs and Writing in Prisons Competition.

There is over €40,000 to be won in prizes.

The important bit to remember is:-


Click COMPETITIONS above to see full details. 

Creative Writing Workshops 2016

Creative Writing Competitions 2016

Closing Date 3rd March 2016

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition
Prize: €2000 for a Short Story

Duais Foras Na Gaeilge
Prize: €1,200

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

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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 program of events that are educational, inspiring and  accessible to children and their families.  (Most importantly we aim to have fun!)

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