Creative Writing Competitions 2017

Creative Writing COmpetitions

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

Creative Writing Competitions
Listowel Writers’ Week 2014

It’s time to get writing or to retrieve those short stories, poems, plays and humorous essays from your files and enter one or more of our annual Creative Writing Competitions. Prize-winners of ALL our competitions will receive their awards on the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday 31st May 2017. The total prize fund of €40,000 includes the following two awards:

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 2016 and 1st February 2017. The 2016 Prize was won by Anne Enright for The Green Road.

The Pigott Poetry Prize, now in its fourth year, is generously sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and

Creative Writing Workshops
Paul Muldoon (left) with Eamon Grennan

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 2016 and 1st February 2017. The 2016 Prize was won by Eamon Grennan for There Now.

The closing date for entries for the above two awards is 3rd February 2017.


All other Creative Writing Competitions are open to entries that are previously unpublished and include: The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play in association with Siamsa Tíre, the Single Poem and the Poetry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

Creative Writing Competitions
Anne Enright, Austin Duffy and Kevin Barry at Opening Night

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

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