Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards announce Poetry category for 2016 awards

BGE IBA 2016

Submissions now open for ‘The Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year’

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are delighted to announce the addition of a new award category for the 2016 awards.  The category will be titled the ‘Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year’ and this latest addition will fulfil a long-held ambition of the awards organisers to include poetry on the awards roster.

Listowel Writers Week is one of Ireland’s finest and longest running literary festivals, which holds a cherished place in the hearts of all those who love Irish literature.  The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and Listowel Writers Week look forward to a long and fruitful association in celebration of Irish poetry.

Now in its eleventh year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire book community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians –.to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent. Each year, hundreds of books are submitted for consideration across a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Popular Fiction, Non-fiction, Crime, Children’s, Sports, Short Stories and Cookery.

The ‘Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year’ is open to single poems of no more than 70 lines, published between the 1st November 2015 and the 1st October 2016, in any of the following contexts: a collection of poetry by a single author; an anthology of poetry; or an established Irish journal or magazine that has been in existence for at least six months within the period of eligibility.

Poems must be original i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work, and all poems must have been or will be published during the qualifying period.  The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.  Only one poem per poet may be submitted.

A panel of judges, chosen by Listowel Writers Week, will select the shortlist of four poems. All submitted poems will be read and chosen anonymously. The shortlist will be announced, along with the other Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards shortlists, at the Awards launch in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 25th October 2016.  The winning poem will be judged by a combination of the panel and the online voting public who will also have an opportunity to vote for their favourite poem.

The ‘Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year’ will be announced, along with all the other winning titles, at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards gala ceremony on Wednesday, 16th November in Dublin’s Double Tree by Hilton hotel.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Executive Director Alastair Giles said: “We are delighted that we’re now in a position to add a poetry category to the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards roster.  We’re especially delighted that the new sponsor is Listowel Writers Week, an organisation with a highly-respected reputation within the literary community.  Poetry is central to the Irish literary tradition and we look forward to seeing an enthusiastic response in terms of submissions for the new award.”

Listowel Writers Week Chairperson, Liz Dunn said: “We, at Listowel Writers Week, continuously endeavour to promote and support established and emerging poets of all genres and ages through our annual workshops, events and competitions. We are thrilled to be sponsoring this prestigious award which recognises the prominence and importance of published Irish poets both nationally and worldwide.”

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