The Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2014
including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup


The theme for the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards is open. Submissions will be accepted on any theme, topic or subject.

The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup - will be awarded to the best entry received on the theme of Coman's Wood.


Overall Prize Winner

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  • Applies to works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, memoir. Maximum 60,000 word manuscript.
  • Full editing, proof-reading, typesetting, page design and layout, cover design to bring your manuscript to the stage of a print-ready proof.
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  • The author is responsible for delivering the manuscript within six months of prize being awarded. Manuscript must be submitted in electronic format - MS Word for text, JPEG or other commonly accepted formats for graphics and illustrations, etc. Manuscript is accepted and published on the understanding that it is a previously unpublished work and that it is original to the author, containing nothing that is in any way an infringement of any existing copyright.

Runners-Up Prizes

Runners-up prizes, including crystal trophies and certificates, will be awarded across several categories including National Poetry Winner, National Prose Winner, National Short Story Winner together with an award for a Highly Commended entry among any of the poetry, prose, short story entries. A prize will also be awarded in a special category for National Schools.

Ger Hanily Memorial Cup

This will be awarded to the best entry on the theme of Coman's Wood.

Competition Rules of Entry

  • All entries submitted must be the author’s own, unpublished work.
  • Entries are limited to three poems/prose/stories per person. Poems will be no longer than 100 lines, prose no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Entries submitted must be typed and titled.
  • Entrant’s name/address/contact number/details and poem/prose 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 and guests are not eligible for entry.
  • Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the competition guidelines.

Closing Date:

Friday, October 17, 2014. To be received no later than 5pm along with competition entry fee (see below).

Competition Entry Fee:

€5 per entry; €10 for up to three entries.
  • Please makes cheques, postal orders, etc. payable to 'SiarSceal Festival Group' and include with your entry submission.
  • Payment can also be made by PayPal (accepts Visa, Laser, Mastercard) using the button below. Please quote your receipt number or transaction reference with your entry submission.

No of Entries

Address for Entries

Competition entries can be posted to:
SiarScéal Festival c/o Richie Farrell, County Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon, Ireland.

Or e-mailed to:

Please quote a payment reference (name on cheque, postal order, etc or PayPal transaction ID) so that we can verify that the competition entry fee has been paid.

Or can be submitted using the online entry form:

Hanna Greally Awards 2014 Competition Entry Form

About The Hanna Greally 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.

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’.

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 Literary Awards were inaugurated on the 10th 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 and