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The winner's of the Mairtín Crawford Awards in 2021 were;

Poetry Winner: Luke Allan

Short Story Winner:  Lucy Beevor

We were delighted to run the Awards again this year. Each year the works submitted get stronger and stronger, making the job of the judges extremely difficult. The themes varied from longing, death to sexual awakening, and everything in between.

A big thanks to our esteemed Judges - Moyra Donaldson and Annemarie Ní Churreáin (Poetry), and Lucy Caldwell, Rachael Kelly and Paul McVeigh (Short Story) for their hard work.

A big thanks to the Sponsors of the 2021 Awards, NIPR Books and The River Mill, for their continued support of the Awards.

The winner of the Maírtin Crawford Award for Poetry 2021 was Luke Allan. Click here for more information about Luke and to read his winning selection of Poems.  

The winner of the Maírtin Crawford Award for Short Story 2021 was Lucy Beevor and her story Landslides. Click here to discover more about Lucy and to read her winning work.

The Runner-Up's for the Award's were;

Poetry 

1st Runner Up: Maeve Henry 

Click here to read Maeve's selection of submitted poems.

Maeve was born in Dublin, grew up in the north-east of England and now lives in Oxford. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and magazines. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2020 and the Brotherton Prize in 2019. Her first poetry pamphlet, The Reasons why We Left, is forthcoming in autumn 2021 with Frosted Fire Firsts. Her YA novels from decades ago are still available on Amazon. She is married with three grown up children and works in hospital administration.

2nd Runner Up: Laura Theis

Click here to read Laura's selection of submitted poems.

Laura grew up in Germany, moved to the UK a decade ago, and writes poems, stories and songs in her second language. She is the author of 'how to extricate yourself' (Dempsey&Windle) which was selected as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize. She earned a MSt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Her work has been widely anthologised, appears in journals such as Rattle, Strange Horizons and Mslexia, and was published in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the U.S.  An AM Heath Prize recipient, she has also won the Hammond House International Literary Award and the Mogford Short Story Prize judged by Prue Leith and Stephen Fry. She was highly commended for the Acumen Poetry Prize as well as a finalist in over twenty other international literary competitions. Most recently, she was longlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and the UK National Poetry Competition. 

Short Story

1st Runner Up: Laura Theis 

Click here to read Laura's Short Story. 

Laura grew up in Germany, moved to the UK a decade ago, and writes poems, stories and songs in her second language. She is the author of 'how to extricate yourself' (Dempsey&Windle) which was selected as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize. She earned a MSt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Her work has been widely anthologised, appears in journals such as Rattle, Strange Horizons and Mslexia, and was published in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the U.S.  An AM Heath Prize recipient, she has also won the Hammond House International Literary Award and the Mogford Short Story Prize judged by Prue Leith and Stephen Fry. She was highly commended for the Acumen Poetry Prize as well as a finalist in over twenty other international literary competitions. Most recently, she was longlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and the UK National Poetry Competition. 

2nd Runner Up: Vijay Khurana

Vijay worked for several years as a radio broadcaster and journalist before leaving to spend more time writing fiction. His stories have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the 2021 Cúirt New Writing Prize, the 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex prize, the 2019-2020 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize, and the 2019 Bath Short Story Award. He has fiction forthcoming in the journal NOON, edited by Diane Williams. He also published a children’s chapter book, Regal Beagle, in 2014. He lives in Berlin.

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