We are delighted to open the Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021.

This year marks the fifth year of the Poetry Year and the fourth year of for the Short Story Award. 


For more information about the Awards and how to enter, visit:

The Awards are aimed at writers working towards their first full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to submit between 3-5 poems for the poetry award, and a short story of up to 2,500 words for the short story award, with the only stipulation being that they have not yet published a full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel.

For the 2021 Awards, the Winner for each Award will receive a Cash Prize of £1,000 and a 5-night stay at the wonderful writing and reading retreat The River Mill. The Runner-Up’s for each Award will be awarded a cash prize at a value of £250. 

We are delighted to announce that the judges of the 2021 Mairtín Crawford Award are Lucy Caldwell (Chair - Short Story) and Moyra Donaldson (Chair - Poetry). Guest judges for both Awards will be announced in due course.  

A big thank you to our partners and sponsors NIPR, the National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications, and The River Mill, for their continued support of the Awards. 

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