Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2019

Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize 2019

The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Poetry Prize for full first collection. The winner will be announced during the Seamus Heaney Centre’s annual Poetry Summer School, at the Awards Night on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue, Belfast.

Congratulations to the three Poetry Society Members on the list: Phoebe Power, Fiona Moore, and Matt Howard and best of luck to everyone!

The full list:

Jinx, by Abigail Parry (Bloodaxe Books, 2018)
Unearthly Toys: Poems and Masks, by Ned Denny (Carcanet, 2018)
Shrines of Upper Austria, by Phoebe Power (Carcanet, 2018)
Three Poems, by Hannah Sullivan (Faber & Faber, 2018)
The Distal Point, by Fiona Moore (Happenstance Press, 2018)
Gall, Matt Howard (The Rialto, 2018)

The Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize is awarded to a writer whose first full collection has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher. The winning writer receives £5,000 and is invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. For this they receive travel, accommodation, and a $1,000 honorarium.

This year’s judges are Professor Nick Laird, Chair of Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre; Professor Edna Longley, critic and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University Belfast; and Dr Stephen Sexton, poet and lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Centre.

Speaking about the prize Professor Nick Laird, Chair of the judging panel said: “We were delighted to read such a vigorous group of debut collections this year, and we think this shortlist showcases much of the variety and ingenuity of contemporary poetry.”

The winning writer will be invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House and at New York City’s Irish Art Centre’s annual Poetryfest.

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18 June 2019