Creative Writing Competitions 2016

 

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

Here at Listowel Writers’ Week 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. Elizabeth Dunn – Chairperson

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Creative Writing Workshops & Competitions 2016

 

Paying for Competitions

Payments can be made online for a number of Competitions i.e. Bryan MacMahon Short Story, Single Poem, Writers’ Week Original Poem, Story or Essay,  the Duais Foras na Gaeilge and The Poetry Collection . . .

For all other Competions payments can be made by:

– Irish Cheque or Irish Postal Order payable to Listowel Writers’ Week
(we do not accept international cheques or postal orders)
– Credit/Debit Card over the phone on 00 353 68 21074
(please note there is a €3 booking fee per transaction.

Postal Entries must be submitted to:-

“Competition Title” (i.e. Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition)
Listowel Writers’ Week
24 The Square
Listowel
Co Kerry

Any queries please contact us on Tel: 00 353 68 21074 or at Email: info@writersweek.ie

 

Below are individual details on each Competition

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

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)

Duais Foras Na Gaeilge

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Prize:   €1,200

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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

The Single Poem Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

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)

The Poetry Collection Competition

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is  3rd March 2016

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, only by post currently.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator:  Thomas McCarthy

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

 Entry Fee: €20 + (€3 booking fee if submitting online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Prize Fund:   €750

  • There are 3 Categories:
    • Short Story (maximum word count 1,500)
    • Humorous Essay (maximum word count 750)
    • 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)

Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Prize:   €100Plus winning entry will be published in The Kerryman Newspaper

  • Open to anyone aged 20 years and under.
  • Entries may be in the form of a report or feature piece on a sports topic or sports personality.
  • Maximum word count is 500 words.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE

 Adjudicator: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

 Sponsor:    The Kerryman Newspaper & Radio Kerry

 Entry Fee: €5 + (€3 booking fee if submitting online)


The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF NOVELS: 3rd February 2016

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

  • Novel must be published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016.
  • 6 Copies of each novel should be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
  • This Competition cannot be entered online only through the post.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • Please see criteria HERE.

Adjudicators:  Gerbrand Bakker & Rachel Cusk

Sponsor:            Kerry Group Plc

Entry Fee:         Free

The Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers’ Week

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF POETRY COLLECTIONS: 3rd February 2016

Prize:   €5,000 for a published Collection of Poetry by an Irish Poet.

  • Collections must be published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016.
  • 3 Copies of each collection should be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
  • This Competition cannot be entered online only through the post.
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • Please see criteria HERE.

Adjudicators:   Gillian Clarke & Christopher Reid

Sponsor:             Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family

Entry Fee:          Free


Eamon Keane Full Length Play in assocation with Siamsa Tire

Lisowel Writers’ Week have teamed up wtih Siamsa Tire, home of the National Folk Theatre as part of the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award 2016

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Prize:   €1,000 plus a Professional Rehearsed Reading in Siamsa Tire, Tralee.

  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Competition Rules click HERE
  • Plays CANNOT be entered online only through the post.
  • Plays submitted should be for stage presentation and must be original, unperformed and unproduced.   One-act plays are not eligible. Plays can be submitted only once for this competition.  Re-submissions will be disqualified.The Professional Rehearsed Reading is subject to the following criteria.
    1. Plays submitted should have a running time of no more than one hour and 20 minutes.
    2. Plays submitted should be suitable for a rehearsed reading with a maximum cast of five actors (please note, one actor may play more than one role).
    3. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

Adjudicators:   Emer O’Kelly

Sponsor:             Bill Walsh & Family, Aspire Technology Limited

Entry Fee:          €20

Writing in Prisons Competition

Prize Fund:  €1,700

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Entry Fee:  FREE (All entries must be submitted through the Art Development Worker for the Prison Education Service)

This competition cannot be entered online.

For Competition Rules click HERE

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Sponsors: Irish Prison Service & Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas

The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Competition

Prize Fund:  €750

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Entry Fee:  FREE 

This competition cannot be entered online.

For Competition Rules click HERE

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Sponsors: The Nilsson Family

Entry Details: each book submitted must be published between 1st March 2015 and 1st March 2016 and written abou heritage from a local area.

Please submit two copies of each book to Listowel Writers’ Week Office by 3rd March 2016.

The Irish Post New Writing Competition

Prize Fund:  €500, plus a trip to Listowel Writers’ Week , including flights, car hire and 2 nights B&B and the chance to be published in The Irish Post

Category: Short story, poem or piece of writing – no more than 1,000 words and with an Irish theme

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Entry Fee:  FREE

This competition is open ONLY to Residents in Britain.

Details of this competition will be advertised in The Irish Post Newspaper in Britain and online at www.irishpost.co.uk from the 18th January 2016.

Entries should NOT be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week but emailed to Siobhán Breatnach, Editor-in-Chief, The Irish Post at editor@irishpost.co.uk. Typed entries can also be posted to Listowel Writers’ Week, The Irish Post, 88 Fenchurch Street, City of London EC3M 4BY.

This competition can be entered online from January 18 2016.

Adjudicators: The Irish Post Editorial Board, with special guest judges to be announced.

Sponsors: The Irish Post, Britain

Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth

Prize Fund:                €1,500            

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Categories:

Creative Writing for 9 years and under. (Maximum word-count 300).

Creative Writing for 12 years and under. (Maximum word-count 500).

Creative Writing for 14 years and under.  (Maximum word-count 500).

Creative Writing for 16 years and under. (Maximum word-count 1,000).

Creative Writing for 18 years and under. (Maximum word-count 1,000).

A Limerick for all age groups up to 18 years.

(Please include word-count on each entry)

Submissions may be in the form of poems, short stories or essays. One entry per person, the name, address, age and school should appear on each entry.  Where a school is submitting a number of entries from various students, the name, address, age and school must appear on every entry.

This Competition cannot be entered online only through the post.

For Competition Rules click HERE

Entry Fee:                  Free

Adjudicators:             Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Sponsor:                     Kerry County Council


Creative Writing for Special Educational Needs

Prize Fund:  €350

Category: Short Story or Short Poem

14 Years and under

18 Years and under

This competition is open to anyone who is receiving Special Education at School.

This Competition cannot be entered online only through the post.

For Competition Rules click HERE

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Entry Fee:  FREE 

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Sponsors: Robert & Olive Pierse


Creative Writing for Adults with Special Needs

Prize Fund:  €1,000

Category: Short Story, Short Poem or Essay

This competition is open to Adults who have been determined to require special attention and specific necessities that other adults do not and/or those associated with a disability or learning difficulty.

This competition is open to anyone with Special Needs over 18 years of age on the 1st March 2016.

This Competition cannot be entered online only through the post.

For Competition Rules click HERE

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF Entries is 3rd March 2016

Entry Fee:  FREE 

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Sponsors: Pierse,Fitzgibbon Solicitors