Saturday, 22 October 2016

Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals.  This annual public Festival showcases, supports and develops Irish Publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflect the creativity and personality of the Irish Publishing sector and its authors.

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A delicious menu includes:
Friday, 11 November 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Boys' School, Smock Alley Theatre
Slake Your Thirst – The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland

Saturday, 12 November 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Dublin City Public Libraries Reader’s Day
With Mia Gallagher, Diarmuid Gavin, Mike McCormack, Deirdre Purcell and Donal Ryan in conversation with Dave Kenny

Saturday, 12 November 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Boys' School, Smock Alley Theatre
Poetry Ireland: The Rising Generation
With Jane Clarke, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O’Rourke with music from Sive

Date(s) - Saturday, 12 November 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Boys' School, Smock Alley Theatre
Salmon Poetry Anniversary Event. Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry
With many of Salmon’s outstanding poets taking part, including Seamus Cashman, Mary Dorcey, Jean O’Brien, Mark Granier, Colm Keegan, Mary O’Donnell, Maurice Harmon, Alvy Carragher, Anne Hartigan, Phil Lynch, Alan Jude Moore, Patrick Chapman and more!

Saturday, 12 November 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Looking at the Stars
With Colin Barrett, Tara Flynn, Joseph O’Connor and Mary O’Donnell in conversation with Rick O’Shea

Sunday, 13 November 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Magazines and their Makers with Brendan Barrington, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Tony O’Dwyer, Olivia Smith and Susan Tomaselli in conversation with Paula Shields

Sunday, 13 November 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Workmans Club
The Magazine Social with Angela Carr, Oisín Fagan, Caelainn Hogan, Pat O’Connor, Deirdre Sullivan and Dimitra Xidous

I could go on.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, plus 3 prizes of €1,000 for each of the shortlisted poems
For an unpublished poem of any length. 

The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.

Judged by Deborah Landau, director of the creative writing program at New York University. ‘Landau’s killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath – leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,’ says the Los Angeles Times of her work.
Entry fee €12

Deadline: 31 DECEMBER 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Unbound Short Story Prize

Unbound is crowdfunding, a relatively new way of published so please enter eyes open.

To celebrate the fifth birthday of Unbound, the founders are delighted to announce the first Unbound Short Story Prize.

Deadline 31st October 2016

The competition is open to writers from all over the world, writing in any style or genre, and there is a prize fund of £5,000. The top 20 stories will be published in the Unbound Short Story Prize Anthology.

The author of the winning story will receive £2,000 and be offered a book deal with Unbound.

Like all Unbound books, this one is being crowdfunded. Our hope is that we will find short story enthusiasts, both writers and readers, who want to help us make this anthology a reality.
The book will be published once we hit 100% and the closing date has passed, with everyone who helped to crowdfund it getting a special Unbound edition, and another edition appearing later in bookshops


1. The maximum length per story submitted is 5,000 words but there is no minimum length. Flash fiction will be accepted. Stories can be in any style or genre and tackle any theme or subject.

2. The prize is open to all published and unpublished writers from anywhere in the world but all entries should be in English and entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, 31st October 2016.

3. Submitted stories should not have previously been published in print or online. There is no need to submit at the time of pledging.

4. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. No plagiarism or copying. We cannot accept simultaneous submissions.

5. All entrants must agree that, if shortlisted, their work will be published in the Unbound Short Story Prize Anthology book and ebook. Authors retain copyright of their work at all times but Unbound has first publication rights.

6. Each of the shortlisted authors will receive one free copy of the Unbound Short Story Prize Anthology, in addition to the copy they receive as part of their pledge, and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%.

7. No entrant may win more than one prize. The prize will be judged by the Unbound editorial team who will select a longlist of 50 titles before selecting 20 prize winners. The judges decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection.

8. Prizes are: 1st prize-£2000, 2nd prize -£800, 3rd prize -£500. Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.

9. Entrants who have paid for critiques and feedback will be contacted once the longlist has been announced.

10. This competition, like all projects at Unbound, is crowdfunded. In the unlikely event that the book does not hit its target all entrants will be offered a full refund.

To enter visit this page to make your pledge.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize

Deadline: November 30, 2016

The Gregory O’Donoghue Prize is an award for a single poem, with a first prize of €1,000 ($1,120/£860), a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and publication in Southword journal.

Organisers The Munster Literature Centre will also bring the winning writer to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival in February 2017, covering travel costs up to €600 and providing food and hotel accommodation for the four days of the festival.

Other poets who will be reading at the poetry festival include Mark Doty, Karen Solie, Matthew Dickman (the poetry editor of Tin House), and Maya Catherine Popa (a previous winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize).

There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive the journal’s standard fee of €30.

This year’s judge is poet Mary Noonan. Read her tips for writing poetry on here.

Terms and Conditions
A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival.

1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged anonymously, the entrant’s name and contact details must be on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please quote the receipt number and the email address payment was issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your name should not appear on the same page as the poem to ensure anonymity.

3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five.

Guidelines and to enter, click here.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Bare Fiction Prize

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.
Now in its third year, the Bare Fiction Prize has given new and old writers alike an equal chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. In 2015’s Bare Fiction Prize, first place in the poetry competition (judged by Jo Bell) went to Astra Bloom – a complete newcomer to the UK literary scene. Each entry is judged anonymously by our judges, with the poetry and flash fiction category judges reading every single entry and our short story judge reading a longlist selected by magazine editor, Robert Harper.



SHORT STORY JUDGE: Courttia Newland 


1st Prize: £500 
2nd Prize: £200 
3rd Prize: £100 
2 x Highly Commended Award: £25
1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in London in Spring 2017


Poetry (max 40 lines):
Flash Fiction (max 500 words):
Short Story (max 3000 words):

£5 / £3 for subscribers
£6 / £4 for subscribers
£8 / £6 for subscribers

You can subscribe during the submission process if you wish.

Payment can be made by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal or by Cheque (GBP Sterling).

Deadline 31st October

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Stony Thursday Book

The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in December 2016.

The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and celebrates its 41st edition in 2016.

This year's Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book is poet and writer John Davies.

How to Submit:

  • Each poet should send no more than 6 poems. 
  • Submitted poems must be previously unpublished. 
  • Each poet should submit a short bio (max 100 words) 
  • Submissions are being accepted by email and by post. 
  • When submitting poems by post please write your name on each page. Please mark envelopes: The Stony Thursday Book 2016. 
  • When submitting by email please reference TSTB 2016 in your subject line and please attach all poems in a single file attachment (pdf or doc).

Send poems to:
The Stony Thursday Book 2016, Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick
by email to:

Deadline: Friday 28th October 2016

About the Editor:
John Davies
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, John Davies now lives in Brighton. His published work includes the full collection Shedman, Our Storeys – Art and Poetry in Healthcare, co-written with artist Sue Ridge, and the pamphlets Glove Poems and The Nutter in the Shrubbery. His work has been published in The Echo Room, Poetry South East, The Stony Thursday Book, The Guardian and the Irish Examiner amongst others, as well as online. A New and Selected is forthcoming in 2017.

He was director of THE SOUTH Writers' Network from 2002-2008, which promoted poets in Sussex and developed a longstanding connection with the CUISLE Poetry Festival in Limerick. At the same time he ran Pighog Press, which specialised in publishing Sussex (and Munster) poets. The Pighog list was transferred to US publisher Red Hen in 2014.

John is perhaps best known as Shedman, the itinerant poet in a shed who has appeared at numerous festivals and events since 2002. As Shedman, John’s commissioned work has included poems engraved into the windows of a learning centre on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, a poem for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a series of poems for the atrium at North Middlesex University Hospital.

The Stony Thursday Poetry Book is funded by The Arts Council & Limerick City & County Council.

Monday, 10 October 2016

2017 Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competitions

The 2017 Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competitions are open for entries.

The closing date for the competitions has been brought forward, to facilitate the publication of a festival anthology in which poems from shortlisted entrants for the two main competitions, English and Irish, will feature alongside the work of the well known judges and other poets who will read at the 2017 festival.

Maura Dooley and Paddy Bushe will judge the Strokestown International Poetry Prize for a poem in English, which carries a prize of €2000.

Duais de hÍde, which carries a prize of €500 for a poem in Irish, will be judged by Cathal Ó Searcaigh.

Shortlisted poets for each of these competitions will also be asked to read a selection of their poems as part of the festival, and will receive a reading fee of €200.

The Percy French Prize for humorous poetry will be judged by Margaret Hickey, and the Roscommon Poets’ Prize by Jessamine O’Connor.

For details, rules and entry forms see

Deadline:  2nd December, 2016