Hanna Greally International Literary Awards
including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup

This year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards carry an Overall Prize of €500 and two prizes of €100 for entries deemed Highly Commended by the judges. There will also be trophies awarded for winning entries in the following categories: national, local and international.

This year’s theme is Western Medley Recital and again, you can submit your work through one or all of the writing disciplines – from prose, poetry to short story.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 10 September 2019.

Competition Rules of Entry

  • All submitted entries must be your own, unpublished work
  • Entries are limited to three entries per person, which can consist of poetry, prose, stories or a combination of each and any of the three
  • Poetry submissions should be no more than 100 lines; short story/prose not to extend beyond 2000 words
  • Entries submitted must be typed and titled
  • Entrant’s name/address/contact number/details and entry title must be written on a separate page, not to appear on the same page of the poem
  • Entries will not be returned and the judges’ decision is final
  • Festival organisers are not eligible for entry
  • Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the competition rules and guidelines

How to Enter

The competition entry fee is €5 per entry and €10 for up to three entries. Please make cheques and postal orders payable to SiarScéal Festival Group, and send c/o Mary Butler, Assistant County Librarian, Roscommon County Council, Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon, Ireland.

You can also pay by PayPal using the button below (if sending your entries by post to the address above, please include your PayPal transaction ID, so that we may verify your entry):

You can also enter online (see below). Please include cheque/postal order number or PayPal transaction ID so that we may verify your entry.

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2019 Competition Entry Form ‎[Form]‎

Previous Awards

Full details of previous competitions are available from the archive section of our website.

SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection.
A selection of entries, representing the cream of the first five years was published in 2012, in the form of an anthology entitled Roscommon in Reflection, which is available to buy online.
SiarScéal Anthology 2016: Centenary in Reflection

A further anthology, Centenary in Reflection, was published in 2016 and is also available to buy online along with other publications.

Background to The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards

Hanna Greally (also known as Johanna or Joan Greally) was born in Athlone in 1925. At the age of nineteen, she was committed to St. Loman’s psychiatric hospital in Mullingar, where she was detained, against her will, for almost 20 years. Despite several escape attempts and numerous letters to her relatives to claim her out, Hanna remained in St. Loman’s until 1962.
Birds Nest Soup by Hanna Greally

She spent some time in rehabilitation and re-training in Coolamber House before working as a cook and housekeeper, in Ireland and in England. In 1971, Hanna saw the publication in Ireland of Bird Nest Soup, her moving first-person account of life inside Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals, in the 1940s and 1950s. In the early 1970s, she came to live in Fourmilehouse, Roscommon where she spent most of the remainder of her days after the 'Big House'.

Flown the Nest by Hanna Greally
She was a regular contributor to the Roscommon Champion, writing letters, poems and other autobiographical pieces for the paper. Hanna Greally died on August 15, 1987. The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards were inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of her death and have been held every year since.

  • Hanna Greally was the subject of a documentary by Mary Owens, first broadcast on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday 15th June 2009. A podcast is available from the RTÉ website.
  • Copies of her books are available to purchase on Amazon.