Hanna Greally International Literary Awards
– including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup –

This year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards carry an Overall Prize of €400 and two runners-up prizes of €100 each.

This year's theme is Western Reflections and as with previous years, you can submit your work through each and any of the writing disciplines of prose, poetry, short story.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, 10 September 2020.

Competition Rules of Entry

  • All submitted entries must be your own, unpublished work
  • Entries are limited to three per person and can consist of each or any of poetry, prose, short story submissions
  • 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 entry(s)
  • 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 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, with your entry(s), to:

SiarScéal Festival Committee
c/o Roscommon County Council
Library Services
Abbey Street
F42 RP49

You can also pay via 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 that your payment has been received):

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You can also enter online (see form below). Please include the cheque/postal order number that you used to pay the entry fee, or the PayPal transaction ID that was issued, so that we may verify your entry.

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2020 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 of the awards, was published in 2012, in the form of an anthology entitled Roscommon in Reflection. It is available to buy online, along with other SiarScéal publications.
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.