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.
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.
Image: Sumita Chakraborty, Winner of the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2021
Previous Winners include:
2022 - Victoria Kennefick, Eat Or We Both Starve (Carcanet)
2021 - Sumita Chakraborty, Arrow (Carcanet)
2020 - Laura Scott, So Many Rooms (Carcanet)
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)