Awards

Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition — Longlisted                                                                Rush Poetry Competition (2017) — Shortlisted                                                                                                 iYeats International Poetry Competition (2017) — Highly Commended (j. Jessica Traynor & Billy Ramsell)     Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition (2017) — Joint Runner-up (Published Poet category)             Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award (2017) — Longlisted                                                                 Bristol Poetry Prize (2017) — Highly Commended (j. Liz Berry)

Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (2016) — Shortlisted                                                               Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize (2016)  Shortlisted (j. Daljit Nagra)                                                   The London Magazine Poetry Prize (2016) — 3rd Place (j. Rebecca Perry & Andrew McMillan)                         Dermot Healy International Poetry Award (2016) - Longlisted (j. Kevin Barry)                                                      Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition (2016) — Joint Runner-up (Published Poet category)     Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (2016) — Commended                                                                 The Pushcart Prize (2016) — Nominated                                                                   

Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition (2015) — Highly Commended (j. Tramp Press)

Poetry Ireland Introductions Series (2014)
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (2014)  Highly Commended
Over The Edge New Writer of the Year (2014) — Highly Commended (j. Eleanor Hooker)
Allingham Poetry Competition (2014) — Winner (j. Monica Corish)
Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition (2014) — Finalist (j. Wendy Cope)
Listowel Writers' Week Single Poem Award (2014) — Shortlisted (j. John McAuliffe)
Cúirt New Writing Showcase (2014) — Shortlisted
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize (2014) — Commended

Cannon Poets ‘Sonnet or Not’ Poetry Competition (2013) – 2nd Place
Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition (2013) – Winner
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (2013) – Highly Commended

Over The Edge New Writer of the Year (2012) — Shortlisted
Doire Press International Poetry Chapbook Competition (2012) — 3rd Place
Cúirt New Writing Showcase (2012) — Shortlisted

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (2011) – Shortlisted
Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award (2011) – Shortlisted

Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award (2010) – Commended
Over The Edge New Writer of the Year (2010) – Highly Commended

Mslexia Magazine Short Story Competition (2009) – 2nd Place

Fish Micro Fiction Competition: Poetry (2008) – Winner
Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award (2008)  – 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