For over forty years, Listowel Writers’ Week has hosted competitions for all levels of writers. The visionaries who founded the festival recognised the need to provide encouragement and support for the struggling and the successful. Each year, the winners of our competitions receive a suitable award for their creativity and dedication. However, to use what has become a cliché, everyone who enters our competitions is already a winner. The book has been written, the poem composed, the essay formed, the spark of creativity fanned. From this spark, the possibilities are beyond measure. Entering a competition at Listowel Writers’ Week is a confidence-building exercise, a vote of belief in your own ability and a statement that you have set your spirits free! To use another cliché, today is the first day of the rest of your life so use it to begin your journey to creativity. You may have written extensively already, you may be feeling the first literary stirrings in your imagination, why not share them with us at Listowel Writers’ Week. Seán Lyons – Chairman
The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2014 (More Details..)
The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition (More Details..)
Duais Foras na Gaeilge (More Details..)
The Éamon Keane Full Length Play (More Details..)
The Single Poem (More Details..)
The Poetry Collection (More Details..)
Pigott Poetry Prize (More Details…)
The Nilsson Local Heritage Competition (More Details..)
Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions (More Details..)
Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Competition (More Details..)
Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth (More Details..)
Creative Writing for Special Education Category (More Details…)
The Irish Post New Writing Competition (More Details..)
Writing in Prisons Competition (More Details..)
General Competition Rules
NO ENTRY FORM IS REQUIRED FOR COMPETITIONS
The Closing Date for receipt of novels for The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award is: 1st February, 2014.
The Closing Date for receipt of all other competition entries is: 1st March 2014.
- Entries cannot have been previously published.
- All Entries must be typed with the exception of the Writing for Youth Competitions.
- Please retain a copy, as entries will not be returned.
- Please submit your name and contact details on a separate sheet. The entrant’s identity must not appear on the competition entry (with the exception of The Creative Writing for Youth Competitions).
- Entries may be in Irish or in English / Is féidir iontrálacha a bheith i mBéarla nó i nGaeilge.
- Please identify the specific competition for which you are entering on the front of the envelope, for example ‘The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award’.
- The appropriate fee must be included with the entry, otherwise the entry will not be adjudicated. (See below for payment options.)
- An unlimited number of entries per person may be submitted for the competitions with the exception of The Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth Competition where only one entry per student may be submitted
- The adjudicators’ verdict is final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries. Winners only will be notified.
- Awards may not be presented where an appropriate standard is not achieved.
- Listowel Writers’ Week reserves the right to withhold or to publish winning entries in the publication Winners’ Anthology 2014.
Paying for Competitions
Payments can be made by cheque, payable to Listowel Writers’ Week Ltd (Overseas cheques & postal orders are not acceptable) or by Credit / Debit Card (Please note the fee for Credit/Debit Cards, €3 per transaction).
Tel: +353 (0) 68 21074 Please do not send cash.
Submit Entries To:
“Competition Title” (e.g. Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award)
Listowel Writers’ Week Limited
24 The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry