Call for applications for Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2021

Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide statue. Pic: Cian Reinhardt

LIMERICK City and County Council’s Culture and Arts Office has issued a call out for submissions for this year’s Michael Hartnett Poetry Award, which is presented each year as part of the Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

Established following his death in 1999, the award is given, in alternate years, to poetry collections in English and Irish, in honour of Hartnett’s work in both languages.

This year, the award is for collections of poems in Irish.

The award will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a second or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last three years, i.e. 2018 – 2020.

The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award is jointly funded by Limerick City and County Council and the Arts Council and the prize is worth €4,000.

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This year’s adjudicators for the award are poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Seosamh Ó Murchú, both of whom are past winners of the award.

The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award will be presented to the winning poet at the opening of Éigse Michael Hartnett on Thursday 30 September 2021 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Website:

Publishers are now invited to make submissions. Application forms and submitted books should be sent to Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick V94 EH90 by 5pm on Friday 25 June 2021.

Further details and application forms can be found on

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