LISTOWEL WRITERS’ WEEK INVITING ENTRIES FOR PIGOTT POETRY PRIZE 2020 – IRELAND’S LARGEST PRIZE FOR A POETRY COLLECTION
Entries are now invited for the annual Pigott Poetry Prize, presented at Listowel Writers’ Week. The Prize is for the best book of poetry by an Irish Poet published between 1st February 2019 and 31st January 2020.
The 2019 Prize-winner was Ailbhe D’Arcy with her second collection, Insistence published by Bloodaxe Books.
This year’s adjudicators are poets Jo Shapcott and Ian McMillan. A shortlist of three collections will be revealed in March 2020 with the award of €10,000 presented to the winner at the Opening Ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week on the 27th May 2020.
The two short listed finalists will each receive €1,000. Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 31st January 2020. For more information and full criteria see writersweek.ie
The Prize is sponsored by US Philanthropist Mark Pigott KBE who stated, “It is a blessing to once again be able to support this wonderful literary award and recognise the leading poets of Ireland and showcase the beauty, diversity and strength of Irish Poetry“.
Listowel Writers’ Week Festival Chairperson, Catherine Moylan commented, “Listowel Writers’ Week is delighted to once again get the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the growing abundance of Irish poetry in this country through the Piggott Poetry Prize. We are extremely grateful to Mark Pigott and his family for their continued support. “
About the Adjudicators
Jo Shapcott Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book and My Life Asleep are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. He has written poems, plays, a verse autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. Ian’s latest collection is To Fold The Evening. Ian has been poet in residence at Barnsley Football Club, Northern Spirit Trains and Humberside Police.