Listowel literary festival is a clarion call to all aspiring writers

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The statue of the late Bryan McMahon, who is remembered through the Listowel Writers’ Week short story competition

The statue of the late Bryan McMahon, who is remembered through the Listowel Writers’ Week short story competition

LISTOWEL Writers’ Week, one of the oldest and longest running literary festivals in the country, is always first off the blocks in the New Year.

And this year is no different, with an open invitation to writers to submit work to one of the festival’s many literary competitions and an equally open invitation to aspiring writers to sign up for a workshop.

“The closing date for this year’s competitions is March so there is time for you to dust off that unfinished piece and send it in to us,” the organisers says. “Or maybe put your pen to paper with an idea that you have been nurturing?”

The adult categories include The Single Poem competition as well as The Poetry Collection Competition. Then there is the Bryan McMahon Short Story Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Originals (Humorous Essay) Competition.

In addition, there is the Con Houlihan Young Journalist Award, Duais Foras na Gaeilge and Creative Writing for Adults with Special Needs. The Irish Post Newspaper Creative Writing competition is for Irish residents in the UK only.

All these competitions come with valuable prizes but also with terms and conditions, all of which can be found on the website www.writersweek.ie.

“The lucky winners will have extracts of their work published in our Listowel Writers’ Week Annual Winners’ Anthology, in addition to being invited to receive their prize at our prestigious opening night on May 29,” the organisers point out. Entries can be submitted online, by post or handed in to the Listowel Writers Week office in The Square, Listowel. But remember the deadline, they warn.

Meanwhile, emerging and aspiring writers as well as documentary makers are encouraged to sign up for a choice of one, two and three-day workshops led by l such as Kit de Waal, Elizabeth Day, Liz Nugent, Sarah Webb and and Eilís Ní Dhuibhne. Details and cost can again be found on www.writersweek.ie

This year’s festival runs from May 29 to June 3.