Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award

This annual award marks Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. Now closed for 2018.

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Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2018
Gradam Bliantúil Filíochta i gCuimhne ar Mhícheál Ó hAirtnéide 2018

This was the 17th year of this award to mark Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. 

The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award is awarded in alternate years to books of poetry in the Irish and English language. This year, 2018, the award will be made to a poet writing in English.

This year’s adjudicators are Jo Slade and James Harpur, both former winners of the award.

This annual award was established by Limerick County Council and is jointly funded by Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council to mark Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. The award of €4,000 will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a third book of poetry, or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last two years, i.e. 2016 - 2017.

The closing date for receipt of application forms and submitted books has now been extended to Tuesday 6th March 2018.

Please Note: Applications must be submitted by publishing houses. 

The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award will be presented to the winning poet at the opening of Éigse Michael Hartnett on Thursday 12th April 2018 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

In 2017 the substantial prize went to a book of poetry in Irish by Wexford born poet and editor Seosamh O’Murchú for his collection Taisí Tosta, published by Coiscéim in 2015.

“I’m really delighted to receive this award,” Seosamh said. ” Not only is it a great source of encouragement for me but is also a wonderful recognition and affirmation of my work. It’s made all the more special by the fact that the award remembers and honours one or our truly great poets, Michael Hartnett, who proudly has taken his place in the pantheon of the Munster poetic tradition.”

Previous winners of this prestigious award include Julie O'Callaghan, Vona Groarke, Kerry Hardie, Sinead Morrissey, Paddy Bushe, Maurice Riordan, Aine Ni Fhoghlu, James Harpur, Peter Sirr, Mark Roper and Jo Slade, John McAuliffe and Doireann Ni Ghríofa.

Further details on the festival from: www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie

Full criteria and application forms available below.

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Culture & Arts Department

Phone +353 61 557363
Location
Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90