Saturday, 6 February 2016

Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016

Applications are currently being invited for the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016, an annual scheme marking Newcastle West native Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. The 15th annual award is jointly funded by the Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council.

Each year the award alternates between Irish and English and this year the €4,000 annual prize will be presented to the author of a third book of English language poetry, or subsequent book of poetry, published during 2014 or 2015.

This year’s adjudicators are poet Rita Ann Higgins and Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor with the Irish Times.

The winning poet will be presented with the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award on the opening night, Thursday April 14th 2016 of Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

Deadline: Friday 19 February 2016.

Click to Download:
Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016 - Application Form 
Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016 - Conditions

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The  Cork International Poetry Festival is a fantastic poetry festival we should all be proud of. I'm gutted that I'm going to have to miss it this year but if you have a chance, get yourself to Cork for at least part of 10th to 13th February and gorge yourself on all things poetry from soup to amuse bouche through meat and two veg to exotic fruits.

And if you book before 7th Feb online here it's only €70 for the whole lot. Bargain!
So who could you see?
  • the Itinerant Poetry Librarian,
  • various showcases with a mix of readers
  • Paul Casey & Doireann Ní Ghríofa (recommended)
  • Thomas Lynch & Aidan Murphy
  • Joseph Horgan & Afric McGlinchey
  • Sarah Hayden & Rachel Warriner
  • Ailbhe Darcy & Caitríona O'Reilly
  • Gerry Murphy & Tom Pickard
  • David O'Meara & Matthew Sweeney
  • John Fitzgerald & John Mee
  • Michael Coady & John McAuliffe
  • Tomica Bajsić & Gerard Smyth
  • Vona Groarke & Paisley Rekdal
  • Kyle Dargan & Deryn Rees-Jones
  • Moya Cannon & Bronwyn Lea (recommended)
and many more. Info and all that here
There are also a few places still available on the week long workshop, if you are able to make that kind of time commitment.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stinging Fly Submissions - Fear & Fantasy

Winter 2016 issue - Fear & Fantasy

The Winter 2016 issue has a special theme and it will be guest-edited by Mia Gallagher.

Submissions for this issue are now being accepted. The last day to post your submission is Friday, February 5th 2016. All submissions that are postmarked on or before this date will be considered.

Link to a note from the ‘Fear & Fantasy’ issue guest editor:

As well as fiction, they are looking for poems and essays – any piece of text that resonates with the theme. They welcome essays from people working outside literature or lit criticism – history, psychology, biochemistry, philosophy, geophysics, forensics etc.

The postal address for submissions is: The Stinging Fly, PO Box 6016, Dublin 1, Ireland.
More details on the link above.

In each issue they also do a Featured Poet, publishing a number of poems by a poet who is working towards a first collection. To be considered, send 6-10 previously unpublished poems. If they want to see more, they will get back to you. If submitting for this slot, do not make a separate poetry submission.

Publisher: Declan Meade
Editor: Thomas Morris
Poetry Editor: Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin
Eagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge: Aifric Mac Aodha
Contributing Editors: Emily Firetog, Dave Lordan, and Sean O'Reilly

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I Am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: Monday 15 February 2016, 5pm
Entry fee: €5
This flash fiction competition encourages you to channel your inner Anna Livia Plurabelle and to seek inspiration in the charm of our fair city – cracks and all. Pieces should be 400 words in length (in English or Irish) and should be submitted by 15 February 2016. Four winners will be invited to take part in a showcase event on Tuesday 15 March alongside four well-known names on the Dublin literary scene.
- There is no limit to the amount of entries you submit.
- Entries should be sent via Word Doc or PDF (anonymously; including story title) to with the subject line: I Am Dublin competition
Prize: €60 in book vouchers from independent bookshops
Link here

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Independent Bookshops that stock The Space Between

My book is currently available in these lovely independent bookshops:
Maynooth bookshop

The Winding Stair Dublin

Kennys Galway

Blackbird Books Navan

Alan Hanna's, Rathmines Dublin

Any others? Please get in touch

Please give these lovely bookshops your support. And if your favourite bookshop is not on the list, please go in and ask for it. I need you all to create a demand so they order more.

It's hard to sell poetry books.But bookshops have to make a living too so buy your poetry in bookshops (or direct from the publisher or poet) If my books are not in bookshops, the only people who ever see them to buy are people who come to readings. Or give in to my badgering them online to click and buy one.

It's super easy to order any Doire Press book online  too P&P included worldwide. Do it now!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Reading at Staccato

Staccato is a new music and word evening in Dublin, in Toner's on Baggot St. The first evening was well received reported as a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and more importantly, fun.

I'm reading next Wednesday 27th January along with some great names. Jack Harte, Orfhlaith Foyle, Iggy McGovern, Maire T Robinson, Philip Lynch and me, Kate Dempsey. With music by Mark Flynn. A multi layered feast. Something for everyone.

Please come along. It should be great. 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Cúirt New Writing Prize

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, in memory of Lena Maguire, is now open for submissions. Entries should be sent via email to:
Submissions are welcome in poetry and fiction.
There is a €500 cash prize for the winner in each category and an opportunity to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event at Cúirt 2016.
The judges are Elaine Feeney (poetry) and Declan Meade (fiction).

Young Cúirt:

Young Cúirt is for ages 12-17. Entries are welcome in poetry and fiction. The winner will receive €100 cash prize and they will have the opportunity to read at the 2015 Cúirt labs event in April.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry entries must consist of 3 poems under 50 lines each. 
Fiction pieces may be up to 2000 words. 
Entries in both English and Irish are welcome.
Entrants must not have had a collection published in the category in which they enter. 

 A €10 entry fee applies for each separate entry which can be paid via the Paypal button. Link and details here
The closing date for submissions is Thursday 28 January 2015 at 5pm.


Cúirt International Festival of Literature is April 19th - 25th 2016 in Galway