Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions – Closing Date Fast Approaching

For those of you still scribbling away or putting the finishing touches to your short stories, poems, plays and humorous essays, don’t forget the closing date for entries is 1st March 2014. Who knows? Maybe 2014 will be the year your own writing career gets a kick-start and you’ll see your poem or short story published – so don’t delay and get those entries in.

There’s something for everyone, with categories including The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, The Single Poem Competition, the Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award and the Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth Awards… to name but a few.

Entry fees can be paid by cheque – just pop it in the post along with your entry to 24, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Alternatively, if it makes your life a little easier, you can call us on 00353 68 21074 and we can process your payment over the phone.

The Youth categories offer Creative Writing competitions for ages 9 years and under to 18 and under and entries may be in the form of poems, short stories or essays. There is no entry fee for the Youth categories. Full entry criteria and details of these and of all our competitions can be found on the following link Competitions

In addition to the above, we’re delighted to announce the creation of a new, annual poetry prize, in the form of The Pigott Poetry Prize, which is for a book of poetry written by an Irish poet and published between 1st January 2013 and 28th February 2014. The award of €5,000 will be presented to the winner at the Opening Ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week on the 28th May 2014.

If you’re a publisher or agent of an Irish poet who has published a book of poetry between 1st January 2013 and 28th February 2014, we would ask you to submit the book to Listowel Writers’ Week before 1st April 2014. The entries will be adjudicated by British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and journalist and reviewer John Boland. For full details click Piggot Poetry Prize


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