Long List for this year’s Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing

This year’s Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing has seen over 300 entries from new and emerging poets right across the country. Our panel had the arduous task of whittling down those submissions into a long list, a shorter list and ultimately a winner and runner up.

Today we announce the Long List – congratulations to all concerned.

  • Tom Adair for At William Street Baths
  • Marion Clarke for Cracks
  • Michelle Dennehy for Dark Fields and Darling, I Love You So Much and Grieving the Lost Language of my Grandmothers
  • Sue Steging for Four Stories About (The Same) Crows
  • Maggie Doyle for The Ponies
  • David Atkinson for Trees with no leaves are still trees
  • Wendy Sinnamon for The Matinée
    Please note: Wendy’s name was not included in this list originally through an error.

Congratulations to each and every one of them, but especially to Michelle Dennehy, who at this point has 3 poems in contention for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing.

Thank you everyone that submitted.

Just to remind everyone that panellists judge the poetry without any knowledge of the poet’s identity.

Details of the launch of this year’s anthology Compass will be announced with the short list, in a fortnight’s time.

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