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 the annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry (Autumn 2018). For this they receive travel, accommodation, and a $1,000 honorarium.
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.
First Collection Prize 2019
The Winner of this year's prize has been announced!
The deadline for entries for The First Collection Poetry Prize 2019 is now closed.
About Glucksman Ireland House
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.
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)