2021 COMPETITIONS

Listowel Writers’ Week Announce the 2021 Competition Award Recipients

Listowel Writers’ Week is delighted to announce the Award Recipients of the 2021 Competitions.
This was another great year, with many submissions on each category. The Awards Ceremony was hosted online this year. 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.
 

 

Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2021 

– Kindly sponsored by Kerry Group PLC

 

Winner: BINA by Anakana Schofield

 

Shortlisted:

Words to Shape My Name by Laura McKenna

This Happy by Niamh Campbell

A Sabbatical in Leipzig by Adrian Duncan

Threshold by Rob Doyle

 

Pigott Poetry Prize Award 2021

– Kindly sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family

 

Winner: Collected Poems by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

 

Shortlisted:

Found Architecture – Selected Poems by Sinéad Morrissey

Ourselves by Beda Higgins

 

Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award

– Kindly sponsored by Bill Walsh & Family, Aspire Technology Ltd

 

Winner:  Nostos & Algos by David Wilkes

 

Shortlisted: 

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon by Stephen Brophy

The Butterfly Bun by Mary Lys Carbery

Sunday October 31st by Anthony O’Connor

At Sea by Brian O’Tiomain

 

Poetry Collection

– Kindly sponsored by Tim Costello, Profile Developments

 

Winner: Ore by Eoin Hegarty

 

Shortlisted: 

After the Flight by Judy O’Kane

Variations on a Nomad Flute by Jamie O’Halloran

Wings My Father Made Me by Paul McMahon

Heartbeat of a Dead Blackbird by Eibhlís Carcione

 

Duais Foras na Gaeilge

– Kindly sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge

 

Winner:  Bean-Eala by Eibhlís Carcione

 

Shortlisted:

Frithortha by Máire Ní Bhriain

Don Bhó by Máire Ní Bhriain

Ciúnas by Áine Ní Ghlinn

Cuairt ar an Lios by Áine Ní Ghlinn

 

Nilsson Local Heritage Award

– Kindly sponsored by the Nilsson Family

 

Winner:  Deeds not Words by Martin Moore

 

Second Prize:  The Lost Gaeltacht by Mártan John Mhailic Sheáin Leachlainn & Martin O’Halloran

 

Creative Writing for Adults with Special Needs Award

– Kindly sponsored by Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors

 

Winner:  How was it? by Joseph Ganley

 

Second Prize: Red Sun over Olympus by William O’Connor

Third Prize: My Life Story by Clare Conway

Competition Sponsors

 

This year, our sponsors provided their wonderful sponsorship support once again … thank you again! Sponsors include:
  • Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2021. Total prize fund €17,000, kindly sponsored by Kerry Group PLC.
  • Pigott Poetry Prize Award 2021. Total prize fund €14,000, kindly sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE & the Pigott Family.
  • Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Award 2021. Total prize fund €1,400, kindly sponsored by the Nilsson Family.
  • Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award 2021. Total prize fund €1,000, kindly sponsored by Aspire Technology Ltd – Bill Walsh.
  • Duais Foras na Gaeilge Award 2021. Total prize fund €1,000, kindly sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • Writing in Prisons Award 2021. Total prize fund €2,700, kindly sponsored by the Irish Prison Service, the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas & the Northern Ireland Prison Service.
  • Creative Writing for Adults with Special Needs Award 2021. Total prize fund €1,000, kindly sponsored by Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors.
  • Poetry Collection Award 2021. Total prize fund €2,500, kindly sponsored by Tim Costelloe, Profile Development, in memory of Joni Costelloe.

Details of all competition prize recipients will be announced at our virtual Awards Ceremony on June 2nd. Thank you to each creative writer who entered our 2021 Competitions. Best wishes to all!

 

 

History of ‘Writing in Prison’ Awards

Our Writing in Prisons Awards were established 42 years ago. Poet and writer Brendan Kennelly was eager to bring an element of inclusivity to the Literary Competitions. If you would like to hear more about the background to this outreach activity and source of recovery for prisoners, click here.

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