We announce details of our new National Poetry Prize!We are really pleased to announce the creation of the Pigott Poetry Prize for books of poetry written by Irish writers.
The Prize is for a book of poetry by an Irish Poet published between 1st January 2013 and 28th February 2014. There will be an award prize of €5,000 for the winner which will be presented at our Opening Ceremony on the 28th May 2014.
Our Festival Chairman Sean Lyons said “This prize is a wonderful recognition of Ireland’s unique literary heritage. We thank Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott family for their creative vision and generosity. Ireland has centuries of outstanding tradition of world class poets, who have captured their love of this country in their poems. Listowel Writers Week is a leading forum which is proud to keep the artistic flame burning bright. We appreciate the many authors and poets who have contributed to our Festival through the years and we are honoured to be a partner in this exciting development in Irish poetry.”
The Pigott Poetry Prize is generously supported by industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Mark Pigott KBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc (www.paccar.com). Mr Pigott shared, “It is a blessing to be able to support this wonderful literary award and recognize the leading poets of Ireland. My family originated from Listowel and emigrated to the US in the late 1890’s. We are very pleased to support the arts and sciences in Ireland and look forward to many years of recognizing these very talented Irish poets.”
All books of poetry must be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week before the 1st April 2014 and will be adjudicated by journalist and reviewer John Boland and renowned Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. John Boland said, “It is an honour to be associated with this exciting and innovative award.” For full details of this New Poetry Prize – Click Here… Pigott Poetry Prize
Don't forget there are only two weeks left to enter the rest of our competitions, closing date is 1st March 2014.
Below is the list of competitions we have and just click on the link and that will give you full details.
The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award
The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award
Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award
Duais Foras Na Gaeilge
The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Award
The Single Poem Award
The Poetry Collection Award
Listowel Writers' Week Originals Award
Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award
Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth
Creative Writing for Special Educational Needs
The Irish Post New Writing Competition
Writing In Prisons Competitions