Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, kindly sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, exists to nurture and showcase new writing talent across Ireland. The competition runs annually in advance of the festival in two categories: poetry & short fiction. The winner in each category will be awarded a  €500 cash prize and the opportunity to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between Wednesday, 6th and Sunday, 10th April 2022. This year we are delighted to announce that Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction.

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Breaking Ground Ireland

Cúirt International Festival of Literature and National University of Ireland Galway present Breaking Ground Ireland, a landmark project showcasing and celebrating 80 writers and illustrators from ethnic minority backgrounds, including Irish Traveller writers, from the island of Ireland.

Visibility is an important step in building a career as a writer and Breaking Ground will provide an opportunity for writers from culturally diverse backgrounds to build a platform for their work. Learn more about the project and respond to our call for writers here.

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Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates

The Irish Writers Centre/Cúirt Young Writer Delegate programme gives young writers aged 18 – 26 the extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the festival, as well as contribute to it as active participants. The four selected young writers are given festival passes and full access to its events; they will also participate in readings and be engaged in writing activities leading up to, during and after the festival, enabling them to be immersed fully in both the online and physical literary landscape. During the festival, the YWD are supported by an IWC facilitator and local writer-mentor to reflect on the festival programme and their experience with it, and to share their views via Cúirt and the IWC’s social media platforms.

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Writer in Residence

Delivered in partnership with Cúirt, English PEN and PEN na hÉireann proudly present the Common Currency Writer in Residence programme. Common Currency is a celebration of freedom of expression, and was created in the spirit of the PEN charter that ‘literature knows no frontiers’ to provide an opportunity for a writer from the MENA region resident in Ireland to become a writer in residence during the 2021 Cúirt Festival.  

This residency is made in collaboration with the British Council.


Cúirt Labs

Our Labs programme for schools returns in 2021! Creating digital workshop packs for schools across Galway city and county, Cúirt will bring writers, illustrators, storytellers and zine-makers directly into classrooms through workshop modules that schools can participate in during class time, within the safety of classrooms or at home.  There will be workshops for three age groups: 1st–3rd Class, 4th–6th Class, and Post-Primary (1st–3rd Year), as well as an Irish language workshop for all ages. If you are a school or teacher and would like more information or to participate in this year’s Labs programme, please get in touch via aisling@cuirt.ie.