Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award

Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award 2022


Placegetters for Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award 2022
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Angela Patten

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Derek Sellen

G is for Grey
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Liz Bryne

I Long To Lift A Saxophone

Anthony Cronin International Short Poem 

The poets names are in alphabetical order followed by the title of the poem.

The three placegetters will be announced Friday 1st July 2022 at the Awards Night.
All shortlisted writers will be invited to our Awards Ceremony via Zoom the first weekend in July.
Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its annual international Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. Writers are asked to consider the guidelines below before submitting their entries.

Artist Bios



I am 37 and have had a love of reading and writing from a very young age. I did a stint as a journalist in a local paper but soon realised my writing style is more of a creative nature rather than a factual one. Despite that, I find some of the work I am proudest of and that gets the most enthusiasm from others is any that comes from the heart and feelings and thoughts I have at a given time. I had a poem published in the book 'Inside The Crocodile' and have been approached to give permission for one of my poems (which I wrote for my husband) to be used for their own wedding.

Liz Byrne grew up in Dublin and now lives near Manchester, on the edge of the West Pennine Moors. She worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS until her retirement. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize, 2019, won the Best Landscape Poem, Ginkgo Prize, 2020 and was placed third in the Ginkgo Prize 2021. Her poetry appears in The Curlew, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Agenda, Butcher’s Dog, Crannog and The North.

I have always loved reading and writing. In the last few years, some of my work has been published and I have performed at various live mic events. I also won the Kildare Readers Short Story competition and had short stories short-listed in the RTE Francis MacManus short story competition, which were subsequently broadcast. In addition, some of my poems were long listed in the Anthony Cronin and Fish Publishing competitions.

Bernie Crawford, originally from County Limerick, lives near the sea in Co Galway. Always an advocate for women’s rights, she completed an MA in Women Studies at York University after which she worked on the Irish Bilateral Aid programme in Zambia and Tanzania in the 1990’s. She returned to Galway and teaching in the early noughties with her two young daughters. Her poetry has been published in Irish and international journals and anthologies including The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, the North magazine, Banshee, The Stony Thursday Book, Mslexia and is forthcoming in the Dedalus Love Anthology and in Chasing Shadows a Creative Ireland anthology. She was the winner of New Irish Writing in the Irish Times in January 2020, the 2019 North West Words competition and 2017 Poetry Ireland/Trocaire competition. In 2019 she was awarded a bursary by Galway County Council to work towards a debut collection. This collection Living Water was published by Chaffinch Press in 2021 (available through Book Depository, Barnes &Noble and Amazon). She is a co-editor of the popular poetry magazine Skylight 47 and facilitates creative writing classes with Active in Age.

Emily Cullen is the Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence. She has published three poetry collections: Conditional Perfect (Doire Press, 2019), In Between Angels and Animals (Arlen House, 2013) and No Vague Utopia (Ainnir Publishing, 2003). Conditional Perfect (Doire Press, 2019), was included in The Irish Times round-up of “the best new poetry of 2019.” Emily is also a cultural producer and she served as Director of the Patrick Kavanagh Centenary (2004) and Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature (2017-2019).

Paul Hennessy grew up in Waterford and has lived in Wexford for many years. He returned to writing in 2020 after a " thirty year sabbatical" ! Recent work has emerged in “The Waxed Lemon” and “The Wexford Bohemian”.

Amanda Huggins is the author of the novellas Crossing the Lines and All Our Squandered Beauty – both of which won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella – and several collections of short stories. Her debut poetry chapbook, The Collective Nouns for Birds, also won a Saboteur Award in 2020, and her first full length collection will be published in March 2023. Amanda has won numerous awards, including the Colm Tóibín Short Story Award 2020 and the H E Bates Short Story Prize 2021. She was also a runner-up in the Costa Short Story Award 2018 and the Fish Short Story Prize 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, The Alpine Fellowship Award and many others. She lives in Yorkshire and is an editor and publishing assistant.

Angela Patten’s publications include four poetry collections, The Oriole and the Ovenbird (Kelsay Books 2021), In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books 2014), Reliquaries (Salmon Poetry, Ireland 2007) and Still Listening (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 1999), and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table: Stories From An Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books 2013). Her work has appeared in many literary journals and in anthologies including The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing; The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The Breath of Parted Lips Volume II; Birchsong I and II: Poetry Centered in Vermont; and Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives with her husband, poet Daniel Lusk, in Burlington, Vermont, where she is a Senior Lecturer Emerita in the English Department at the University of Vermont.

Derek Sellen lives in Canterbury, UK. His work has been widely published over many years in magazines, Arts Council, Cinnamon Press and PEN anthologies and online. He won the Wexford Festival Anthony Cronin Award 2020 and has won several other awards for his writing. He has read his work in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Russia. His collection The Other Guernica (Cultured Llama 2018) contains poems inspired by Spanish art which also treat contemporary concerns from modern warfare to social inequality. It was a finalist in the Poetry Book Awards 2020.
Name of Book Author
I Long to Lift a Saxophone
Byrne, Liz 
Connolly, Brid     
Crawford, Bernie
The Last Cuppa
Cullen, Emily
Taking the Gloves
Hennessy, Paul
Our Stories
Huggins, Amanda
Patten, Angela
The Time Before
Patten, Angela
G for Grey
Derek, Sellen
Kehoe, Bernadette

All shortlisted writers will be invited to our Awards Ceremony via Zoom the first weekend in July.

Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its annual international Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. Writers are asked to consider the guidelines below before submitting their entries.
First place prize: €300
Second place prize:€200
Third place prize:€100
Certificates for shortlisted attendees

Entry Requirements

Entry requirments for Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award


Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.


The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying email. The author’s name must not appear on the entry submitted.


Poems should be formatted: Times New Roman, 12pt, either 1.5 lines or double-spaced, .


Entries will be accepted until midnight on the 1st May,. Entries received after this date will not be considered.


The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition.


Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible.


Shortlisted poets will be invited to attend the award ceremony the Friday Night of the first weekend of July.


While copyright of the poem will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. The winning author will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.


The entry fee of 10 euro (for up to 3 poems) must be paid via our online payment system. IF it is not in your entry name, in your email with your story state the name of the person or the organisation/business that is paying so that accounts can be reconciled.