Thursday, 16 October 2014
Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing - Northern Ireland
Literature and Verbal Arts (LaVA) at Community Arts Partnership is delighted to open the submissions process for the 2014-15 project ‘Making Memories’.
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 inaugural 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 fourteenth anthology and we are opening submissions today.
Over the coming weeks, our poet facilitators will work with eleven writers groups in workshops designed to elicit the very best draft from each participant. These workshops will be followed by a day of open masterclasses and mentoring in Belfast on November 22nd to provide the opportunity to finely hone and complete the work already begun.
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 December 12th and the selection process will begin.
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 invited literary organisations 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.
The submissions guidelines are available below and must be followed in order for your submission to be eligible for consideration.
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