Mairtín Crawford Awards for Short Story & Poetry

Date Saturday 15 June 2019
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
PriceA Free Event
VenueThe Crescent
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Mairtín Crawford Awards for Short Story & Poetry


The Belfast Book Festival is proud to present the Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2019.

The awards are aimed at writers working towards their first full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel, to celebrate the life and work of Belfast poet Mairtín Crawford. The judges for The Poetry Award are Moyra Donaldson, Paul Maddern and Matt Kirkham. Short-story writer Wendy Erskine is judging The Short Story Award.

The shortlist for the awards are: 

Poetry Award

J Taylor Bell - Golfing On The Moon

Toby Buckley - Inver

Conor Cleary - The American Wake

Bebe Ashley - Stolen

Helen Grant - Oranges

Phoebe Walker - Pastoral

Chris Jenkins - Pumpkin Pie

Linda McKenna - Unsettled

George Aird - Holy Body

Zosia Kuczyńska - Elegy With Postcards


Short Story Award

Jennifer Reid - Pop Up Bar

Aingeala Flannery - The Fear

Brendan Thomas - The Average Life Expectancy of a US Citizen     

Megan Evershed - Woman, Soon

Jeremy Galgut - A Good House in a Storm

Emma Hutton - Madra       

John Reid - Violence

Lucy Grace - An Orange from Two Miles Away

Dermot O'Lynn - Circling the Perimeter of their Limited World

Lucy Beevor - At the tree line


Join us for the prize-giving where the judges will announce the winners who will then read from their winning submissions.

This year's winners will receive £500, a three night stay at The River Mill and advice from the editors of The Tangerine to work towards publication in the magazine.

We would like to thank sincerely our sponsors NIPR Books and The River Mill for all their wonderful support.


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