Jack Harte Bursary 2019

The Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig have come together again to offer a two-week fully resourced Writer-in-Residence Bursary to take place in spring 2019. The award is named in honour of Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers Centre, in celebration and acknowledgement of his contribution to Irish literature. 

Past recipients of the residency include:

2018: Neil Hegarty
2017: Henrietta McKervey
2016: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald 
2015: Liz Nugent

Who Can Apply:

This is an open call to writers resident on the island of Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of fiction or short stories published by a recognised publisher. Priority will be given to works of fiction.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to . Please include:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig.
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work. We are looking for three short samples from different works (up to 400 words each), plus a sample from the work-in-progress that you proposed to focus on during the residency (Max 3 pages).
  4. Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.

Note: Please compile all relevant documentation into a single Word doc or PDF attachment. 

Application Deadline: Monday 17 September at 5pm.

No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

Selection Process: 

Applications go before a selection committee of the Board of the Irish Writers Centre and a nominee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The panel will select from eligible applications only, so please ensure to read the criteria carefully and to observe the sample word counts requested.

The successful applicant will be notified by letter by November 2018. The recipient of the bursary will be publicly announced at a celebration event in December 2018 at the Irish Writers Centre.


Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was the recipient of the 2016 Jack Harte Bursary. Here's what she had to say about her experience: 

In 2015 the Irish Writers Centre awarded me the Jack Harte Bursary, which is a gift of the most important kind: the gift of time. It enables one lucky writer to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, that nourishing place that magics writers into doing their best work. I headed off there in the depths of winter for the first of these weeks and made wonderful progress within its hallowed walls. As a part-time novelist who normally only gets to write in short snatches of time, the level of immersion that was afforded made an extraordinary difference to the quality of my focus and gave me courage and momentum. The Jack Harte Bursary is one of those resources that makes a real and substantial difference to the lives of Irish writers, and I am hugely grateful for it.