Creative Writing Competitions Open For Entry

 

“It takes courage to be a writer.” – John B Keane.

Yes, it’s time to either get scribbling or to retrieve those short stories, poems, plays and humorous essays from your files and enter one or more of our Creative Writing Competitions. Prize-winners of ALL our competitions will receive their awards on the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday 1st June 2016. The total prize fund of €40,000 includes the following two awards:

Kerry Group Novel of the Year 2015 winner, Eoin McNamee

Kerry Group Novel of the Year 2015 winner, Eoin McNamee

The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is generously sponsored by Kerry Group Plc, and with a prize of €15,000 it remains the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Novels must be published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016. The 2015 Prize was won by Eoin McNamee for Blue Is The Night.

The Pigott Poetry Prize, now in its third year, is generously sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family. The €5,000 Prize is awarded for a published collection of Poetry by an Irish poet. Collection entries must be published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016. The 2015 Prize was won by Paul Muldoon for One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.

The closing date for entries for the above two awards is 3rd February 2016.

Some of the winners of the Creative Writing for Youth Competitions 2015

Some of the winners of the Creative Writing for Youth Competitions 2015

All other Creative Writing Competitions are open to entries that are previously unpublished and include: The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play in association with Siamsa Tíre, the Single Poem and the Poetry Collection, Listowel Writers’ Week Originals and Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth.

If there are stories, poems or essays bubbling away inside of you, let them break free now. All that’s left for you to do is to Write, Submit, and be in with a chance of success.

Full details and criteria for all our Creative Writing Competitions are available here Competitions