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Despite the cancellation of the 10th Belfast Book Festival, we were pleased that we could continue to run the Mairtín Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2020 and we are delighted to be able to reveal the winners of each Award. 

 

The winner of the Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry 2020 is Alan Weadick.

The winner of the Mairtín Crawford Award for Short Story 2020 is Sarah Gilmartin.

For more information about the winners, click here: https://belfastbookfestival.com/mairtin-crawford-award

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 Both published and unpublished writers are invited to submit between 3-5 poems for the poetry award, and a short story of up to 2,500 words for the short story award, with the only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 2020 Awards, the Winner for each Award will receive a Cash Prize of £1,000 and a 3-night stay at the wonderful writing and reading retreat The River Mill. The Runner-Up’s for each Award will be awarded with a cash prize at a value of £250. 

We are delighted to welcome the following judges for 2020: Short Story:  Lucy Caldwell (Chair) and Rachael Kelly; Poetry: Moyra Donaldson (Chair) and Naomi Foyle.

A big thank you to our partners and sponsors NIPR Books and The River Mill, for their continued support of the Awards. 

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