Awards

2018

  • Poetry Business 2018 Laureate's Prize — Winner (j. Carol Ann Duffy)                                              

  • Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition — Shortlisted (j. Liz Berry & David Constantine) 

  • Doolin Writers' Weekend Poetry Competition — Shortlisted (j. Doireann Ní Ghríofa)                   

  • Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize (2018) — Commended (j. Patrick Cotter)

2017

  • Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition — Longlisted                                                           

  • Rush Poetry Competition — Shortlisted                                                                                              

  • iYeats International Poetry Competition — Highly Commended (j. Jessica Traynor & Billy Ramsell)

  • Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition — Joint Runner-up (j.Jane Clarke)            

  • Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award — Longlisted                                                              

  • Bristol Poetry Prize — Highly Commended (j. Liz Berry)

2016

  • Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing AwardShortlisted                                                            

  • Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize  Shortlisted (j. Daljit Nagra)                                                  

  • The London Magazine Poetry Prize — 3rd Place (j. Rebecca Perry & Andrew McMillan)              

  • Dermot Healy International Poetry Award Longlisted (j. Kevin Barry)                                                     

  • Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition — Joint Runner-up (Published Poet category)  

  • Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine — Commended                                                                

  • The Pushcart Prize — Nominated                                                                

2015

  • Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition — Highly Commended (j. Tramp Press)

2014

2013

2012

  • Over The Edge New Writer of the Year — Shortlisted

  • Doire Press International Poetry Chapbook Competition — 3rd Place
    Cúirt New Writing Showcase — Shortlisted

2011

  • Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Shortlisted

  • Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award – Shortlisted

2010

  • Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award – Commended

  • Over The Edge New Writer of the Year – Highly Commended

2009

  • Mslexia Magazine Short Story Competition – 2nd Place

2008

  • Fish Micro Fiction Competition: Poetry – Winner

  • Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award  – Shortlisted

praise from competition judges

How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life is a remarkably cohesive and carefully crafted collection of poetry. The voice is refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post boom; debt – ridden; urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living. The poem or poetry can often get lost when dealing with themes like these but in this collection, it’s saved. The author keeps our attention by constantly varying form, keeping language taut and humour wry, ultimately the focus is on the fragility of lives lived or endured. There are forays too into the modern pastoral, love and loss and a number of outstanding individual poems, Ruby Bridges Goes to School to name just one. A poem of someone else’s experience so poignantly rendered, it assures the reader we can trust this author and know that there’s much more to come.
— Joseph Woods, Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2013
“It isn’t easy to describe a storm in a poem because it is such a familiar subject; I can’t help thinking of Ted Hughes’ ‘This house has been far out at sea all night’. But Angela T. Carr has found her own way of doing it in ‘After the Storm’ without sounding derivative... The quiet after the storm suggests the quiet after a funeral, when the person left behind has to ‘fold around’ the new emptiness.”
— Wendy Cope, Mslexia Poetry Competition 2014
A powerful poem, powerfully crafted. The language throughout is chosen with precision, taking us from the “blink and grind” of the CAT Scan to the remembered or imagined comfort of “a summer’s dusk” where “humming to myself; the tree bends to listen.” The last four lines of the poem are a tour de force of subtle restraint.
— Monica Corish, Allingham Poetry Competition 2014
Three excellent poems, with stunning opening lines that absolutely grab the reader. CAT Scan is an astonishing poem, well achieved.
— Eleanor Hooker, Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2014
It would be easy to draw a direct (and obvious) likeness between this poem and a fig; it’s true that both are compact, neat, beautiful, packed full of tiny details, and far more complex inside than is belied by the exterior. But ‘The Truth About Figs’ is much more than that – it makes stunning truth of a fiction, as all great poems should, and not a word is wasted. The wasp at the centre of the fruit serves as the ultimate symbol of sacrifice, undoing and transformation – a journey that takes a mere 14 lines.
— Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016
Rich, lyrical and full of music. An enchanting poem.
— Liz Berry, The Bristol Poetry Prize 2016