Say What You Pay

Say What You Pay

LWW is currently funded by the Arts Council and commits to upholding its Paying the Artist policy.

  • -We pay authors €250 for “in conversation” events

We are upfront about the fees from the first email or phone call regrading an offer of work.

We respect every artist’s right to negotiate upwards on any fee offered.

We ensure that the initial communication reflects the full scope of what an artist is expected and required to deliver, including details of any video or audio recordings that will be made of the event.

Fees are paid within 14 working days of receipt of an invoice that can be emailed on full completion of commissioned or requested work, or an agreed date prior to this.

We cover the cost of travel where the writer is travelling outside their county of residence. We also cover accommodation where the length of travel involved and/or the start time of the event necessitates it.

We ensure that writers copyright is respected, both in terms of moral and economic rights.

We believe in the importance of transparency on matters of pay and working conditions, and that sharing this information publicly is to the benefit of all writers and artists.

Much of the language in the above is borrowed from the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy document whose principles we align ourselves with.


Listowel Writers’ Week Competition Winners 2023

Listowel Writers’ Week Competition Winners 2023

Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2023

– Kindly sponsored by Kerry Group PLC

Winner: The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery


  • The Colony by Audrey Magee
  • The Geometer Lobachevsky by Adrian Duncan
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery
  • The Witches of Vardo by Anya Bergman


Pigott Poetry Prize Award 2023                                                                                                     

– Kindly sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family

Winner: Company by Tom French


  • Nithy Kasa, Palm Wine Tapper and the Boy at Jericho (Doire Press)
  • Tara Bergin, Savage Tales (Carcanet Press)
  • Tom French, Company (Gallery Press)


Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award                                                            

– Kindly sponsored by Kerry County Council

Winner:  Birth of a Devil Sheep by David McGrath


Poetry Collection                                                                               

– Kindly sponsored by Tim Costello, Profile Developments

Winner: The Wings My Father Made Me by Paul McMahon


Duais Foras na Gaeilge                                              

– Kindly sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge

Winner:  I dTeach na Teanga by Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha


Nilsson Local Heritage Award                                                   

– Kindly sponsored by the Nilsson Family

Winner:  Dublin Castle: From Fortress to Palace by Séan Duffy, John Montague, Kevin Mulligan & Michael O’Neill (Wordwell Press)

Second Prize:  The Forgotten Cemetery: Excavation at Ranelagh, Co. Roscommon – Shane Delainey & Eileen Murphy (Wordwell Press)


Creative Writing for Adults with Learning Difficulties and, or, Disabilities, Award

– Kindly sponsored by Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors                                                   

Winner:  The Job by Colm O’Shea


Listowel Writers’ Week would like to sincerely thank all Sponsors who supported this year’s competitions and the many competition entrants who submitted their work.