Creative Writing Competitions Shortlists Announced

Creative Writing Competitions

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who submitted their short stories, essays, poems and plays for our 2016 Creative Writing Competitions. The standard was very high and we encourage you to continue writing and submitting your work. The winners of ALL categories of our Creative Writing Competitions, including the Kerry Group Novel of the Year and the Pigott Poetry Prize, will be announced on Wednesday 1st June when Paul Muldoon will officially open the festival. Meanwhile, we are delighted to announce the shortlists in the following categories:

Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award

Kathryn BurkeRequiem

Patrick O’FlahertyPotatoes and the Avant Garde: A Narrative Odyssey Through Modern Ireland

Martin KeatingThe Leap

Thomas KiernanSunflowers

James Martyn JoyceStone Woman, Breasting the Sea

Single Poem

Maggie BreenCollecting – for Paula Meehan

A.M. CousinsTwo Decembers

Michael FarryCarrowniskey Stations

Maighread MedhbhEaster 2016

Paddy MoranSnow

Poetry Collection

Marie CoveneyBird Strike

Richard CoxTraces

Maurice DevittTrajectory

Angela McCabeBattenbergs and Lemon Drizzlers

Brian O’ TiomáinCAT Scan

Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award

Gillian GrattanDress 

Sue HealyThat Brazen Electric Strap of a One

Pat HynesCrashing the Afters

Brenda McCannThe Matter with Lazarus

Harriet O’CarrollThree Sessions with Anne Marie

Karl O’NeillThe Retreat

Writers’ Week Originals – Short Story

Rosanna GilvarryAnd So She Ran

Stephen GoodFinding Someone

Karen O’MahonyHe Woke To Find He Was Drowning

Diana Radovan Artist

Writers’ Week Originals – Short Poem

Kathryn BurkeCotopaxi

Erin FornoffThroughout

Anne GriffinI Am

Marie MacSweeneyOff-duty Bluestocking

Karen O’ConnorThis Morning

Writers’ Week Originals – Humorous Essay

Eugene CorcoranThe Symbol of Hope High in the Trees at the Bottom of our Garden

John FitzgeraldPostcode

Enid HughesDoing It Myself

Joan MorrisseyDouble Dilemma

Margaret RoweFoMo

Duais Foras na Gaeilge

Eibhlís CarcioneMarú na Seanbhó

Eibhlín Ní ChonghaileTobar na Lochlannach

Simon O’FaoláinCrann Nollag, Oiche Grianstad

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin – Ag Éisteacht an Cheo and Súile Faoin Spéir

Our Opening Night Ceremony takes place at The Listowel Arms Hotel and starts and 8pm sharp. This event is Free of Charge and seating is on a first come first served basis.