This award is a partnership between The Dock and The Reading Room, Carrick on Shannon’s Independent Bookshop. The award is targeted at writers from Leitrim, and surrounding counties Roscommon, Longford, and Sligo. The aim of this award is to provide the writer with an opportunity to concentrate on their own work; to resolve or develop new writing.
**Please note any application to these organisations for residencies is to be made independently by the winning writer)
The award is open to writers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction (e.g. memoir and essays) This definition specifically excludes writing in areas such as journalism, religious writing, professional, instructional, and academic writing.
While applications will be accepted from writers throughout Ireland, the winners must be available to travel to Carrick on Shannon in October/November 2021 to record a reading of their work for a podcast that will be broadcast by The Dock. Any costs associated with travel and reading are included in the overall award so it may be a better fit for writers from the region.
This is an open competition and the successful writer will be selected based on their submission. The work will be judged anonymously and independently from The Dock.
The total budget of the award is €1500; €1000 towards writing time and the cost of reading at The Dock. And two awards of €250 to two runners up.