First Collection Poetry Prize
The First Collection Poetry Prize celebrates the work of the Seamus Heaney Centre and honours Heaney himself. It is awarded to a writer whose first, full collection has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher. The winner receives £5,000.
The Poetry Prize is awarded as part of the Seamus Heaney Legacy Project, a joint 10-year fund between Queen's University Belfast and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, generously supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
Please read the eligibility terms and conditions carefully, complete the entry form, and send three copies of the publication along with your form by the deadline.
Image: So Many Rooms, by Laura Scott (Winner of the First Collection Poetry Prize 2020)
Professor of Creative Writing Nick Laird, is joined this year by Ireland Chair of Poetry Frank Ormsby, and Reader in Poetry Leontia Flynn.
The panel will compile a shortlist of up to five books, to be announced in June 2020. The winner will be announced during the Poetry Summer School in July 2020.
Announced by Nick Laird at a Virtual Award Night on Thu 2 Jul, with readings by the poets from all shortlisted collections, as well as a few words from Laura Scott, the winner of this year's Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize.
Image: First Collection Poetry Prize 2019 Judges Stephen Sexton, Nick Laird, and Edna Longley, with the Winner, Ned Denny
Some of the exellent titles from previous year's include:
2019 - Ned Denny, Unearthly Toys: Poems and Masks (Carcanet)
2018 - Richard Osmond, Useful Verses (Picador Poetry)
2017 - Adam Crothers, Several Deer (Carcanet)
2016 - Kate Miller, The Observances (Carcanet)
2015 - Fiona Benson, Bright Travellers (Cape Poetry)
2014 – Tara Bergin, This is Yarrow (Carcanet)
2013 – Sarah Jackson, Pelt (Bloodaxe Books)
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