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Meath County Council Cultural Services Announce Francis Ledwidge Award 2018 - The closing date for receipt of submissions is 28th November 2018 at 12.00.p.m.

Date Released: 13 November 2018

Meath County Council Cultural Services Announce -

Francis Ledwidge Award 2018


Following the success of the Francis Ledwidge 1917 – 2017 Centenary Commemorations, Meath County Council Cultural services is delighted to announce the launch of the Meath County Council  Francis Ledwidge Award 2018.

This award, supported by Creative Ireland is aimed at poets, and is designed to help support and nurture the rich poetry culture alive in Ireland today.

Named in honour of the famous Irish war poet and soldier: Francis Ledwidge ‘Poet of the Blackbirds’; The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award seeks to support Irish poets both financially and creatively.


The awardee will receive a week long residential stay at one of Ireland’s finest artists’ retreats: the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, and a cash prize of €1,500.00.

Helping to promote development in the craft of poetry, the artist’s residency at Annaghmakerrig will afford the winning writer escape from the everyday to focus on creative work.

Nestled amongst the beautiful, tranquil lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan, the Tyrone Gutherie Centre retreat offers artists valuable space to think and work in a community of like minded people.

The Meath County Council Francis Ledwidge Award 2018 promotes the conception of new works, the completion of ongoing projects and the regeneration of creative thinking through the provision of a creative residency and financial reward.





Meath County Council Cultural Services 

Francis Ledwidge Award 2018

 Francis Ledwidge Award


This award, named in honour of Francis Ledwidge, aims to support writers in developing works of poetry. 


The awardee will be granted a week long residency at the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan plus a €1,500 cash prize.


Applicants should demonstrate how a creative residency and financial award would benefit their work.


Applicants must demonstrate a commitment and achievement to the craft of poetry.


Application Process

To apply, please submit the following in HARD COPY ONLY -

  • Detailed biography - Outlining literary achievements to date.
  • Work sample - With a maximum of 10 samples of writing work.
  • Cover letter - Signed and dated including address, phone number and email.
  • Work proprosal - Stating clearly what is hoped to be accomplished during the stay at Annaghmakerrig.


See document below for Terms and Conditions.


Applicants must be 18 years or over.


Please forward applications to:


The Arts Office,

Meath County Council,

Buvinda House,

Dublin Road,


Co. Meath,



*** Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 28th November at 12pm. ***


Francis Ledwidge Award 2018 - Details - pg 1 and Terms and Conditions - pg 2.pdf


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