The Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize is awarded to a writer whose first full collection has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher. The winning writer receives £5,000 and is invited to read at a prestigious public event (subject to health and safety restrictions). For this they receive travel, accommodation, and relevant expenses.
A Judges Panel will be appointed by the Seamus Heaney Centre. The panel will compile a shortlist of up to five books, to be announced in June 2023. The winner and shortlisted writers will be invited to participate in the Award Event.
The Prize is part of the Seamus Heaney Legacy Project, a fund established by Queen’s University and the Arts Council of NI, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
Please download the Entry Form for full eligibility criteria and details on how to submit.
Open for Submissions: 9 Jan 2023
Submissions Deadline: 3 Apr 2023
Shortlist and Winner Announced: Jun/Jul 2023