Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015
including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup


Centenary in Reflection

Submissions of poetry, prose, short stories on the above theme are invited, subject to competition rules of entry - see below.
Hanna Greally Awards Perpetual Trophy


The Overall Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of €200.

Runners-Up prizes will also be awarded in categories that include:
  • International Poetry
  • International Prose/Short Stories
  • National Poetry
  • National Prose/Short-Story
  • Local Winner in both Poetry and Prose/Short Stories categories
  • Prizes for Highly Commended and National Schools.

Ger Hanily Memorial Cup
The winner of the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will also be selected from among the entries received.

Selected entries from this year and previous years' awards will be published in the new SiarScéal / Hanna Greally Literary Journal, to be launched in April 2016.

Competition Rules of Entry

  • All entries submitted must be the author’s own unpublished work
  • Entries are limited to three entries per person, which can include poems, short-stories or prose
  • Poetry submissions should carry a maximum of 100 lines; the recommended length for prose and short story submissions is between 1500 and 2000 words
  • Entries submitted must be typed and titled
  • Entrant’s name and address, contact number, details, must be on a separate page to the written submission
  • 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 rules and guidelines.

Competition Entry Fees

€5 per entry; €10 for three entries

Please make cheques, postal orders, etc. payable to SiarScéal Festival Group. Include with your entry submission, which can be posted to SiarScéal Festival, c/o Richie Farrell, County Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon.

Payments by credit/debit card can also be made using the PayPal button below:

No of Entries - please select

You can also e-mail your entries or enter online using the form below. Please include your name, address, contact details together with your payment details (e.g. cheque number or PayPal transaction reference)

Hanna Greally Awards 2015 Competition Entry Form

Closing Date

All entries, posted and online, must be received before 5pm on Friday 23rd October 2015.

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.
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 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 Amazon.

Previous Winners

A list of previous winners of Hanna Greally Literary Awards is available here.
SiarScéal Anthology: Roscommon in Reflection. First five years of Hanna Greally Literary Awards.

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.