The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year 2021 Shortlist

The An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 shortlist have been announced!

We are absolutely delighted to announce the poetry shortlist for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year 2021, in association with An Post Irish Book Awards.


Many entries were received again this year for the Irish Poem of the Year 2021 competition, which were anonymously adjudicated by Ian McMillan. Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC and now Barnsley’s Lockdown Poet. As well as presenting The Verb every week, he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and BBC Proms Plus. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Previously, he was resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. Ian has an honorary doctorate of Sheffield Hallam University, North Staffs Polytechnic, University Centre Barnsley –  Huddersfield University and was Visiting Professor at Bolton University.

Photo Credit: Jamie Bubb


The Shortlist

Ian McMillan had the unenviable task of choosing a shortlist of four poems from the many poetry entries that were submitted this year. The four shortlisted poems include:

Longboat at Portaferry by Siobhan Campbell

Glissando by Noel King

Driftwood by Karen J McDonnell

Sestina for the Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by Michael Naghten Shanks


How to vote for your poem

Voting is now open for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year. Click here to register your vote!

The  An Post Irish Book Awards takes place on 23rd November.

The An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year takes place on 8th December. The result of the nationwide poll will be revealed to discover the overall ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ winner.

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