This year we are excited to announce that with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and of the Heaney family, we will be presenting the eighth Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing to the most outstanding submission through this process.
Each year, Community Arts Partnership publishes an anthology of new writing from poets across Northern Ireland. This will also be our twenty second anthology, and we are opening submissions on the 31st August, 2021 and closing at 9.00am on Monday the 29 November.
Anyone living in Northern Ireland is eligible to make a submission for the anthology by following the GUIDELINES BELOW.
Please note: previous winners of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing are not eligible to submit their poems or to enter for the award.
Look out for an announcement about Poetry Masterclasses for anyone who intends to submit, and would like to work on their drafts. These masterclasses will take place in November.
Once the selection has been made for the anthology, the selected poems will be presented to a panel which will include representatives from ACNI, the Heaney family, Community Arts Partnership and other members of the local literary community from across the region. The panel will then make the decision as to whom to award this accolade. This represents an exciting opportunity to all new and emerging poets living here, to be recognised for their craft, and can be a springboard to the next stage on their literary career.
The theme of this year’s callout is “Threshold”. This theme, set against the uncertainty and fragility of our times, the tipping point or perhaps reflecting our kith and kin in a moment of transition.