Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018 – closing 15 Dec

Literature and Verbal Arts (LaVA) at Community Arts Partnership is delighted to open the submissions process for the 2017-18 Poetry in Motion project.

This year we are excited to announce that with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and of the Heaney family, we will be presenting the fourth Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing to the most outstanding submission through this process.

Each year, Community Arts Partnership publishes an anthology of new writing from poets across Northern Ireland. This will be our seventeenth anthology and we are opening submissions today, 3rd October, 2017. Over the coming weeks, our poet facilitators will work with writers’ groups in workshops throughout Northern Ireland. These workshops are designed to elicit the very best draft from each participant.

We’re also delighted to offer an amazing afternoon of bespoke masterclasses with poets, Paul Maddern, Emma Must, Moyra Donaldson, and local writer and CAP’s own Literary and Verbal Arts Coordinator Jan Carson, in the CAP HQ, the ARC, 7 Donegall Street Place, on Saturday December 2nd. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. All information can be found here.

Anyone living in Northern Ireland is eligible to make a submission for the anthology by following the guidelines on the website. The submissions process will close on Friday December 15th, 2017 at 9 am, sharp.

We extend our sincere thanks to the Heaney family for the continued opportunity to offer the awards, in particular Marie Heaney for her warm support.

Furthermore, we congratulate and applaud our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, for the additional funding support for this award process. As their Head of Literature, Damian Smyth, was quick to point out, ‘The Seamus Heaney Awards, as offered by CAP, are the only awards in the world to carry his name.’ We in CAP are humbled and committed to honouring the trust placed in us and the legacy of our foremost recognised poet, in offering these awards.

Once the selection has been made for the anthology, the selected poems will be presented to a panel which will include representatives from ACNI, the Heaney family, Community Arts Partnership and other members of the local literary community from across the region. The panel will then make the decision as to whom to award this accolade. This presents an exciting opportunity to all new and emerging poets living here, to be recognised for their craft and can be a springboard to the next stage on their literary career.

Good luck to all

submissions guidelines 17-18 (doc)   

Submissions should be made as attachments by email in Word-compatible documents to

Closing date: Friday 15th December at 9am, sharp.

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