Wednesday 28 June 2017

11 literature mentoring relationships

Words Ireland is offering 11 literature mentoring relationships in 2017, six of which are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Words Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from experienced and established writer-mentors working in the areas of adult fiction, children’s/YA fiction and/or poetry to undertake the mentoring of writers of promise who are working in the same forms.
We are also are also seeking writers of adult fiction, YA fiction, children’s fiction and poetry to apply for mentoring support under our National Mentoring Programme.
There are a total of 11 mentee opportunities open to writers resident in any county in Ireland, north or south of the border.
Deadline 10 July 2017.

More information here

Monday 26 June 2017

Dermot Healy International Poetry Award

Once again the 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award will be held in Manorhamilton during the Inaugural 'The Fierce Moon' in the Glens Centre which will celebrates the writings of Dermot Healy.

This years judge is Vona Groarke who will judge and present the €1000 first prize and trophy on the 15th September in Manorhamilton.

Deadline for submissions is 30th July.

Saturday 17 June 2017

Glebe House poetry competition

The third Glebe House poetry competition is now open for submissions.

Glebe House, for more than forty years, has been offering cross community rural retreats for young people in Kilclief County Down.
This year's judge for the competition is Emma Wright, founder of the Emma Press, one of the most energetic breakthrough publishing endeavours of recent years.
Poems submitted should be 40 lines or less. 
Entry fee is £10 for the first poem and £5 for each poem after that 
Prizes are 1. £200, 2. £100 and 3. £50.

The theme for this year's competition is Trust.

Deadline 1st September

Details of how to enter the competition this year are available at

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017

SiarScéal - literary festival inspired by the culture and heritage of Roscommon
SiarScéal Festival 2017
20-21 October, Roscommon Town

literary festival inspired by the culture and heritage of County Roscommon, in the heart of Ireland

SiarScéal Festival 2017
- including Hanna Greally International Literary Awards -
SiarScéal Festival 2017, which includes the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards ceremony, will take place over Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October at Roscommon County Library HQ from 10am to 4.30pm, including a break for lunch.

Presentations will be followed by readings and an open mike session, giving opportunities to participants who would like to showcase their work in a public setting. This will take place on the Saturday. There will a special presentation for winners in the student categories on Friday, 20 October.

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017
Entries now being accepted
Competition Theme
Beneath Western Skies

  • Overall Prize winner will receive a publishing package from The Manuscript Publisher, valued at €2000
  • A cash prize of €700 will be awarded to recipient of 1st Prize
  • Trophy prizes will be awarded to Highly Commended entries in the various categories (poetry, prose/short stories)
Beneath Western Skies anthology will be published from this year's school entries.

Competition Rules of Entry
Poetry not more than 100 lines and short story/prose not to extend beyond 2000 words. Entries submitted must be typed and titled, accompanied by entrant's name written on a separate page. The judges' decision is final.

Competition Entry Fee
€10 for up to three entries. Entries may include poetry and/or prose.

Deadline: 1 September, 2017. 
They can be submitted online or sent to: Mary Butler, a/County Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon
Cheques, postal orders should be made payable to SiarScéal Festival Group. Payments by credit/debit card may be made via PayPal – see Competitions page for details.

Friday 9 June 2017

Crime writing festival - Dead in Dun Laoghaire

The inaugural crime writing festival Dead in Dun Laoghaire will take place over one day on Saturday 22nd July at The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire.

Following her runaway global success with The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins will be discussing her new bestselling follow-up novel, Into the Water. 
International bestseller, world class forensic anthropologist and the inspiration behind the hit TV series Bones, Kathy Reichs will be launching her brand new standalone thriller, Two Nights, featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.
Fans of Irish authors won’t be disappointed with prize-winners John Banville and Stuart Neville discussing their new crime novels Prague Nights and Here and Gone; and what it’s like to write under the pen names Benjamin Black and Haylen Beck. Another pair of prize-winners, bestsellers and book club favourites, Liz Nugent and Karen Perry will be discussing their latest books along with the challenges of getting inside the head of a psychopath and exploring the dark worlds to which their novels take them.
Tickets and full details for each event are available from the Pavilion Theatre box office and website:

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Words by Water

Words by Water 
Kinsale Literary Festival
5 - 8th Oct 2017

Words by Water

The first Kinsale Literary Festival, is taking place in October and promises a host of entertainment for readers and writers.
We are running two competitions - short story & poetry for your consideration.
Short Story Competition
Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Sarah Moore Fitzgerald.
Theme: Open
1st Prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.
How to Enter:
Email your entry to :
Poetry Competition
Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Poetry Award. Poets are invited to submit up to three poems, up to a maximum of 30 lines, for consideration by judge Niall MacMonagle.
Theme: open
1st Prize is €150 plus publication in the Evening Echo,
How to Enter:
Email your entry to :
Payment of €6 per entry (max of 3 per person) :

Full Terms & Conditions are listed

Monday 5 June 2017

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is an annual competition organised by Winchester Poetry Festival in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.
Entries must be poems on any subject and in any form or style.
Poems should be in English, must be the entrant's own work and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including online), should not have won another poetry competition or be the translated work of another poet. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines (excluding title).

Deadline 31st July

First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250

Entry fee £5 for first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem

Sole Judge: Sarah Howe.

Prize-giving will be on Saturday 14th October 2017 at a special event as part of the Winchester Poetry Day. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the event. Winning poems will be published in a Prize anthology

For further details, rules & to enter visit

Saturday 3 June 2017


Upcoming Events for June and July 2017
(scroll down for full details -the online version is here.)

Stephanie Conn and Simon Lewis – 5th June
Matthew Caley – 12th June
Jo Slade – 19th June
Linda Ibbotson and Sarah Byrne – 26th June
Maria McManus – 3rd July
Didi Jackson & Major Jackson – 10th July
in association with Foras na Gaeilge  Celia De Fréine – 17th July
Cork-Coventry Twin Cities Poetry Exchange  Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry – 24th July
Mary O’Malley – 31st July

Entrance is free. Readings will last between 30-45 minutes after which there will be the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats. Full bar available.
The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10.00pm

Thursday 1 June 2017

Heinrich Böll Residency on Achill Island

The Heinrich Böll cottage in Dugort, Achill has been in use as a residency for artists and writers since 1992.

The Residency at the Böll Cottage is designed to achieve the following;
– To provide a secluded and private environment for writers and Artists to do their work, a space where artists can be away from their usual environment and routine, in a place conducive to their needs, and to producing high quality work.
– To provide access for the resident island community to high quality, professional standard, cultural and artistic events. This is achieved through readings and exhibitions – visits to local schools etc, organised in a manner which does not distract the resident artist from their main creative work, while at the cottage.
– To build on the existing tradition and reputation of Achill island as an area of interest to writers and artists. The residency attracts interest from professional artists from an international base – hence focusing on the island as an area of cultural and artistic interest.

– To have an appropriate memorial to Heinrich Böll on Achill island. The residency, by providing support for artists, is a living, growing and creative way to celebrate the work and achievement of Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll. This project, in memory of Heinrich Böll, makes available a real tangible support structure for creative artists, and is therefore a most appropriate memorial to this important writer.

Link here

Deadline: 30th September