All on the same page: 18 writers... one big winner
Could there be another Joseph O'Connor, Colum McCann, Vona Groarke, Mike McCormack, Kevin Power or Philip O Ceallaigh among the 18 writers short-listed today for the 2012 Hennessy Literary Awards?
Readers of the 'New Irish Writing' page published on the last Saturday of each month in the Irish Independent probably have their breakthrough favourites from the stories and poems published in 2012.
But on April 16 it will be up to judges Claire Kilroy and Rupert Thomson, under the chairmanship of Ciaran Carty, to name the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year – along with the winners of the First Fiction, Emerging Fiction and Emerging Poetry awards – at a gala reception at the French Ambassador's Residence.
Each category winner will receive €1,500 and a Hennessy trophy, and the New Irish Writer of the Year, chosen from the three winners, will receive an extra €2,500 and a trophy.
The New Irish Writing page, established in the Irish Press in 1968 by David Marcus and edited since 1988 by Mr Carty, is the longest-running creative writing feature of its kind in any Irish or UK newspaper.
The Hennessy Literary Awards, established in 1971, celebrate the best writing from the page and have combined with it to provide a national and international platform for the first stories and poems of many leading literary figures, including Sebastian Barry, Neil Jordan, Anne Enright, Patrick McCabe, Frank McGuinness, Dermot Bolger, John Boyne, Mary O'Donnell, Hugo Hamilton, Paula Meehan, Dermot Healy and Deirdre Madden.
Stories submitted to New Irish Writing should not exceed 2,000 words.
Up to six poems may be submitted. There is no entry fee. Writers whose work is accepted for publication receive a €130 fee for fiction and €65 for poetry.
Entries (with stamp addressed envelope) to Ciaran Carty, New Irish Writing, the Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, along with name, phone number and email address (where available). Stories and poems may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate previous publications, if any. The page is open to all Irish writers, or writers normally resident in Ireland.