Competitions

When Patrick Kavanagh penned the words, ‘there is the source from which all cultures rise, there is the pool in which the poet dips.’ He could well have been referring to the literary competitions at Listowel Writers’ Week. The competitions are the opportunity to add to the well of culture, to dip into that pool and to give wings to your creativity. ‘It takes courage to be a writer’ John B Keane often said. It takes courage to present your writing for adjudication and it takes nerves of steel to await the outcome of that adjudication. It is all part of the journey of the writer. We at Listowel Writers’ Week invite you to share that journey with us and take part in our internationally recognised competitions.   Seán Lyons – Chairman

We are delighted to announce details of our 2015 competitions below.


The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2015

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF NOVELS: 3rd February 2015

Prize:  €15,000 for a published Novel by an Irish author.

  • Novel must be published between 1st February 2014 and 1st February 2015.
  • 6 Copies of each novel should be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Award Criteria click HERE

Adjudicators:  Eileen Battersby & Gerald Dawe

Sponsor:    Kerry Group Plc

Entry Fee:     Free of Charge please submit 6 copies of Novel to Listowel Writers’ Week

 

 


 

The Pigott Poetry Prize

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF POETRY COLLECTIONS: 3rd February 2015

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

  • Book must be published between the 1st February 2014 and 1st February 2015.
  • 4 Copies of each book should be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Award Criteria click HERE

 Adjudicators:  John Boland & Gillian Clarke

 Sponsor:    Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family

 Entry Fee: Free of Charge please submit 4 copies of Collection to Listowel Writers’ Week

 


 


The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 2nd March 2015

Prize:   €2,000 for a short story.

  • Maximum word count is 3,000 words (please include the word count at the end of your entry)
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • This Competition can be entered online or by normal post.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

 Sponsor:    Kerry County Council

 Entry Fee: €10 + (€3 booking fee if submitting online)

Enter Online Here

 


 

Duais Foras Na Gaeilge

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 2nd March 2015

Prize:   €1,200

Categóirí:  Dán gearr

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Moltóir:      Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Táille:          €10.00 ar gach iontráil (+€3 táille má chuireann tú isteach ar an idirlíon)

Urraitheoir:  Foras na Gaeilge

Enter Online Here

 


 


The Single Poem Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 2nd March 2015

Prize:   €700

  • Maximum number of lines is 70 lines
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • This Competition can be entered online or by normal post.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Harry Clifton

 Sponsor:    Listal Limited

 Entry Fee: €10 + (€3 booking fee if submitting online)

Enter Online Here

 


 

Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 2nd March 2015

Prize Fund:   €750

  • There are 3 Categories: Short Story (maximum word count 1,500), Humorous Essay (maximum word count 750) or Short Poem (maximum 70 lines)
  • Please include the word count at the end of the Short Story or Humorous Essay entries.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • This Competition can be entered online or by normal post.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

 Sponsor:    McDonald’s Restaurants Kerry

 Entry Fee: €10 + (€3 booking fee if submitting online)

Enter Online Here

 


 

Eamon Keane Full Length Play

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 2nd March 2015

Prize:   €1,000, plus a Professional Reading in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

  • NO Application Form Required.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online – entries should be submitted by post
  • Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only.
  • They must NOT have been previously staged.
  • One-Act Plays are NOT eligible
  • Plays can be submitted only once for this competition.
  • Re-submissions will be dis-qualified.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Billy Roche

 Sponsor:    The Family of Eamon Keane

 Entry Fee: €20 + (€3 booking fee if paying using a credit/debit card over the phone)

 


 


The Poetry Collection Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

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

  • 6-12 individual poems or an equivalent long single poem which may be in sections or form a sequence.
  • The competition is open only to those who have not published a complete books of poety.
  • Individual pieces from the submitted collecton may have received prior publication but not received a reward.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online – entries should be submitted by post
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Moya Cannon

 Sponsor:    Tim Costelloe, Profile Development in memory of Joni Costelloe

 Entry Fee: €20 + (€3 booking fee if paying with debit/credit card over the phone)

 


 


The Nilsson Local Heritage Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

Prize Fund:   €750

  • Two copies of the published book on Local Heritage must be submitted by post to the office.
  • Book must have been published between 1st March 2014 and 1st March 2015
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online – entries should be submitted by post
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Sponsor:    The Nilsson Family

 Entry Fee: Free of Charge.

 


 

 
The Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

Prize Fund:   €100 Plus the winning entry will be published in the Irish Independent

  • Competition is open to anyone age 20 years and under.
  • Entries must in the form of a report or a feature piece on a sports topic or sports personality of your choice.
  • Maximum word count is 500, please include word count at the end of the piece.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

Sponsor:    The Irish Independent & Radio Kerry

Adjudicators:  The Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Entry Fee: €5

 


 


The Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth Competitions

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

Prize Fund:   €1,500

Categories:

Creative Writing for 9 years and Under (Max word count 300 words)
Creative Writing for 12 years and Under (Max word count 500 words)
Creative Writing for 14 years and Under (Max word count 500 words)
Creative Writing for 16 years and Under (Max word count 1,000 words)
Creative Writing for 18 years and Under (Max word count 1,000 words)
A Limerick for all ages up to 18 Years.

  • Submissions may be in the form of poems, short stories or essays.
  • One entry only per youth
  • At the end of each entry please include Name, Address, Age, School and Contact Number
  • Where a school is submitted entries from a class, each entry must also include Name, Address, Age, School
  • Please keep to the word count and where possible include the word count at the end of the entry.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

Sponsor:   Kerry County Council

Adjudicators:  Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Entry Fee: FREE OF CHARGE

 

 


 

Creative Writing for Special Educational Needs

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

Prize Fund:   €200

  • Submissions may be in the form of poems or short stories.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online
  • Categories include 14 years and under and 18 Years and under.
  • At the end of each entry please include Name, Address, Age, School and Contact Number
  • Where a school is submitted entries from a class, each entry must also include Name, Address, Age, School
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

Sponsor:   Robert Pierse

Adjudicators:  Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Entry Fee: FREE OF CHARGE

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The Irish Post New Writing Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  2nd March 2015

Prize :   €500

  • Category – Short Story
  • This competition is open ONLY to Irish Residents in the UK
  • Details of this competition will be advertised in “The Irish Post” Newspaper in the UK from the 18 January 2015.
  • Entries must NOT be sent to Listowel Writers’ Week Office.
  • Entries must be sent to: Ms Siobhán Breathnach, Editor, The Irish Post, Suite A, 1 Lindsay Street, Smithfield, London EC1A 9HP.
  • This Competition CANNOT be entered online
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For General Competition Rules click HERE

Sponsor:    The Irish Post Newspaper in the UK

Adjudicators:  The Irish Post Editorial Board

Entry Fee: FREE OF CHARGE

 

 

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