First Collection Poetry Prize
The First Collection Poetry Prize celebrates the work of the Seamus Heaney Centre and honours Heaney himself. It is awarded to a writer whose first, full collection has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher.
The winner receives £5,000 and is invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. For this they receive travel, accommodation, and a $1,000 honorarium.
The Chair of the judges in 2020 will be the poet Nick Laird. Two further judges will be appointed by the Seamus Heaney Centre. The panel will compile a shortlist of up to five books, to be announced in June 2020. The winner will be announced during the Poetry Summer School in July 2020, the winner and shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the Award Event.
The Poetry Prize is awarded as part of the Seamus Heaney Legacy Project, a joint 10-year fund between Queen's University Belfast and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, generously supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. The Prize is also supported by Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.
*IMPORTANT UPDATE* Since we are working from home, recent submissions may be stuck in our mailroom at the Centre. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check your publication has reached us (if not, we will make alternative arrangements).
Please read the eligibility terms and conditions carefully, complete the submission form, and submit three copies of the publication along with your form by the deadline.
Open for Submissions: NOW OPEN
Submissions Deadline: Mon 6 Apr 2020
Shortlist Announced: Jun 2020
Winner Announced: Jul 2020
2019 - Ned Denny, Unearthly Toys: Poems and Masks (Carcanet)
2018 - Richard Osmond, Useful Verses (Picador Poetry)
2017 - Adam Crothers, Several Deer (Carcanet)
2016 - Kate Miller, The Observances (Carcanet)
2015 - Fiona Benson, Bright Travellers (Cape Poetry)
2014 – Tara Bergin, This is Yarrow (Carcanet)
2013 – Sarah Jackson, Pelt (Bloodaxe Books)
About Glucksman Ireland House
Glucksman Ireland House, NYU
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House is New York University's Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies and one of the top-ranked academic Irish Studies programs in the United States. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and extensive public programming, it provides students and the public with access to the best in Irish and Irish-American culture, and an integrated approach to understanding the arts and humanities that represent Ireland and Irish-America’s past, present, and future.