It is nice to see this new award honouring the late writer James Plunkett, whom I will always love for a) inventing Rashers Tierney, and b) for being one of the jurors when I won the Francis MacManus Award way back when.
This new comp is a partnership between the Irish Writers’ Centre and the Irish Writers' Union and is for new and emerging writing talent. James Plunkett was known as one of Ireland's greatest social commentators, most famous for his novel about the 1913 Lockout, Strumpet City.
Nine candidates will be shortlisted, from which a winner will be chosen. The Award will be presented on 16th October 2013 at the Irish Writers' Centre.
1st prize: €2,000
2nd prize: €1,000
3rd prize: €500
Keep an eye on the Irish Writers' Centre and Irish Writers' Union website. Details of the competition and how to enter will be online soon!