Roscommon Arts Office Announces Details of its Inaugural Writer Mentorship Programme

Roscommon County Council Arts Office has released details of its inaugural WRITER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME. The aim of the programme is to provide practical support to Roscommon writers. Mentees will have direct access to the knowledge and expertise of an experienced practitioner in their chosen field of literature.


The Writer Mentorship Programme is designed to support the development of emerging and established Roscommon writers who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a leading professional to help the applicant make the next steps in their development.  The mentor will provide an objective critique and feedback on the writer’s work and/or assist her or him in the development of a specific writing project. The focus of the mentor can be on short-term objectives, such as completing a manuscript, or it can be on longer-term goals that the mentee may wish to explore.


The programme provides a fee which is paid directly to the mentor. There is no charge for the mentee/writer. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from ten hours of mentor engagement, to include at the minimum four hours face-to-face, the remainder given over to review of work by the mentor.



  • The programme is open to writers whose practice is based in County Roscommon only.
  • The mentorship must be completed before 31 December 2019.
  • Completed application forms must be accompanied by a sample of the writer’s work (5 pages only), an up to date CV, plus a one-page outline detailing why and in what specific way the applicant will benefit from being mentored.


Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email to or in an envelope marked ‘Writer Mentorship Programme’ to Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Civic Offices, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.

The deadline for receipt of applications is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Friday 13 September, 2019

For further information contact

Mentoring Info Sheet.doc (size 37.9 KB)

 Mentoring Programme Application Form.doc (size 664.1 KB)

Strokestown International Poetry Competition Shortlists Announced.

 Shortlists for two of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 have now been published.

 See who got to the finals for the Percy French Comic Verse Competition here:

and for the Duais de hÍde here: 

 The shortlist for the main International Poetry Competition will be out in February. 

Meanwhile, any writers with Roscommon connections are encouraged to try for the annual Roscommon Poets’ Prize, this year judged by Iggy McGovern. Eligibility has been extended to poets who went to school in the county, as well as people resident, in education or attending a writers group here. The deadline is February 15th. Details here:


Roscommon Writers Award 2019

New Roscommon Writing Awards ceremony will take place at 6pm, Tuesday 18th June in King House, Boyle






The shortlist for the 2019 NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD has just been announced.


Adjudicator Kevin Hora has selected the following writers from the 67 entries:

Louise G. Cole – Eileen Keane – Brian McClean (twice) – PJ Moore (twice) – John Mulligan (twice) – Shane Tivenan – Neil Tully. The adjudicator had no prior knowledge of the names of the entrants, as all entries were numbered, with care taken to ensure the entries remained anonymous to the adjudicator.


At the awards ceremony, which will take place at 6pm in King House, Boyle on Tuesday 18th June, the winning entry together with the 4 runners-up will be announced.


The winner will receive a cheque for €500 from Roscommon County Council and will be officially named the NEW ROSCOMMON WRITER OF 2018. The winning entry will be published in the Roscommon Herald and an extract of the story will be broadcast on the Charlie McGettigan Saturday Connection Show on Shannonside FM. The 4 runners-up will receive a cheque for €100. This award is supported by the Arts Council.


Judge, Kevin Hora commented:  ‘Selecting just ten stories from so many enjoyable entries was difficult  These ten stories are a diverse mix of styles and themes, all skilfully crafted, provocative and tantalising. Each one shines because it tells a story in a unique voice.  Each reading offers fresh insights into one or more universal concerns – our relationships, hopes, fears and emotions.’


The awards ceremony is an open event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Mary Mullins, Arts Officer


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