New Voices:
The An Post Writing Prize

Winner unveiled for ‘New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize’ in association with the An Post Irish Book Awards

2023 Winner

Valeriia Shmyrova, The Border

The new writing competition was introduced as part of An Post’s extended sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards until 2025. Irish based Ukrainian writers aged 16+ were invited to compose a new and original short story, essay, or poem, in either English or Ukrainian, describing their
experiences of flight and exile in no more than 1,000 words.

Over 100 entries were received, and six authors have now been shortlisted. They will attend the An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony at the Convention Centre, Dublin on the 22 nd November where the overall winner will be announced.

The shortlisted authors are

Anna Hodovychenko
3465 days
by Anna Hodovychenko
Valeriia Shmyrova
The Border
by Valeriia Shmyrova
Olga Kitik
Memories License
by Olga Kitik
Liudmyla Boyko
Ode to Volunteers
by Lyudmila Boyko
Tetiana Petrukhnova
The Leap
by Tetiana Petrukhnova
Borys Koval
The Way from War to Peace. The Valley of Gratitude
by Borys Koval


Writers from the Ukrainian community aged sixteen and over are invited to compose a new and original short story, essay, or poem in no more than 1,000 words.  The submitted piece must be original, i.e. not previously published elsewhere.  Submissions can be in either Ukrainian or English and these can be submitted by e-mail to or in hard copy to:

New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize
PO Box 13287
Freepost FDN7461
Dublin 1

Terms & Conditions

Before submitting your entry to this prize, please make sure you have read the full list of terms & conditions. They can be found here.

Key Dates

6th October

Submissions for New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize will close.

27th October

A shortlist of six entries will be announced selected by a judging panel from the Ukrainian community.

22nd November

The winning entry will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards, chosen by a panel of distinguished Irish writers. 


The winner will be presented with an official An Post Irish Book Awards trophy and a €500 voucher to use in creative writing courses at the Irish Writers Centre. The five other shortlisted authors will each receive a €100 voucher.

We would like to thank the good people of Ukrainian Action in Ireland without whose help we would not have been able to run the competition.

An Post has supported Ukrainian refugees with free postage and other services, in fraternity with our colleagues in UKRPoshta. Now we recognise the unique contribution they can make in Ireland with this new prize for new literary voices, which this year focuses on Ukrainian refugees.
David McRedmond
CEO at An Post