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Roscommon County Council Bursary Awards 2019


The Roscommon Chapbook Bursary has been established to assist Roscommon writers with the costs associated with publishing a modest collection of poems (15 – 20) or a compact collection of short stories (3 – 6). One award of €500 will be offered in 2019.



  1. All applicant writers must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).


  1. A typical length of a chapbook is 30 pages. This is a guideline only, though submissions that fall considerably short of this, or which are considerably longer, will not be considered suitable.


  1. Grant aid provided by Roscommon County Council must be acknowledged in all publicity material associated with the project. Council logos are available from the Arts Office. Roscommon County Council reserves the right to publicise the awarding of the bursary. The successful applicant will receive a copy of the Roscommon County Council logo. The logo must be included in the published chapbook.    


  1. The intended work must be completed and proof of publication will be necessary for the successful applicant to claim the bursary – two copies (to be provided free of charge) to Roscommon County Council at the time of publication.


  1. The Bursary Award will be adjudicated by author and poet, Brian Kirk.


  1. All applicants will be advised of Council’s decisions in writing.


  1. All applications must be accompanied by:


  • The completed Application Form
  • A hard copy of the proposed content of the chapbook (poems or stories. In addition, please email proposed content to
  • A current biography and/or CV, outlining details of career to date.


Further details and application form are available on:

Roscommon Chapbook Bursary - Application Form.doc (size 669.7 KB)

Roscommon Chapbook Award - Information Sheet.doc (size 71.7 KB) 

Return Completed Applications to:

Roscommon County Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98




Email to:bursaries@roscommoncoco.iewith ’Roscommon Chapbook Bursary (applicant name)’ typed in the subject box.


The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Friday 28th June 2019.

Late applications will not be considered.


Roscommon County Council reserves the right not to award a bursary should the submissions, in the opinion of the adjudicator and the Council, not achieve a sufficiently high standard.


For further information, please contact Breata Coyle at or telephone 090 6637235

This month sees the first of the open calls for artists for funding for 2019 from the arts office in Roscommon County Council. The annual Artist Bursaries programme has re-opened, along with the opportunity to apply for the much coveted Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency bursaries.

Both bursary programmes are aimed at professional artists either currently living in the county or who were born here.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Awards provide opportunities for artists to spend a period of time at the world-renowned artists retreat in Annaghmakerrig County Monaghan. The residential workplace for artists  is dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a home-like environment. Here artists can find peace and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 15th February 2019 at 5pm. These two bursary programmes are the first of the 2019 announcements, with the Artists in Schools call out and the New Roscommon Writing and Chapbook bursaries also to be announced later this Spring as part of Roscommon County Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting artists.

Tyrone Guthrie Application Form 2019

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Information Sheet 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Application Form 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Information Sheet 2019


21 artists were awarded Individual Artists Bursaries in 2018.

3 artists were awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Bursary in 2018.

Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Ireland