Thursday, 8 December 2016

North West Words Poetry Competition

North West Words is a non-profit orgranisation based in Donegal.  This competition is now in its fifth year and is open to original and previously unpublished poems in English.

This prize is open to anyone over the age of 18 as long as the poem is the original work of the author submitting it. Entries must not have been previously published in any media, self-published, broadcast, and/or won any competition.

The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3.

Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. Please do not put your name or personal contact details on the same page as the poem(s).

Postal entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2016, Upper Corkey, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  Online entries should be attached in one document and copied into the body of the email and sent to

Deadline: Saturday, 31st December 2016.

North West Words is a non-profit organisation run on voluntary effort.

The competition fee of €5 per entry (up to three poems) goes towards the administrative costs of the competition. Payment may be made by Cheque, Postal Order, Money Order or via Paypal on our website

The 2016 English Poetry competition will be judged by Kate Newman from Summer Palace Press.

A shortlist will be published on North West Words’ Facebook page and at North West Words’ January event in Florence Food Company. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded at North West Words Event in Florence Food Company, Letterkenny, on Thursday, 23rd February 2017. (The winning poet will be notified on Thursday, 16th February 2017) The author will be invited to read their winning poem at this North West Words event.

 Copyright remains with the poet, but North West Words reserves the right to first publication or broadcast of the winning poem.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Honest Ulsterman Submission Call


There's a new Honest Ulsterman Submission Call now open. Honest Ulsterman is an online

We're calling for poetry (up to 4 poems), prose and critical writing/interviews for our Februrary issue. Prose can be up to 5000 words. We'd also welcome aural/video poetry.

Submissions can be sent to

Deadline: 20th January 2017.

Link here

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Eavan Boland: Inside history launch

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Submissions open for Skylight Magazine

ISSUE 8 of Skylight magazine is scheduled for Spring 2017
Submissions will be accepted up to 1 Jan 2017 (deadline midnight 1 Jan).

Please send up to three poems, along with a short biographical note (max 60 words), to Work should be unpublished.

Poems to be no longer than 40 lines.

Please send your poems both as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf) and in the body of the email.

The editors are also looking for original artwork. We will be featuring one artist in each issue, publishing four or five pieces. If you would like to be this artist, please email your work during the submission window.

Contributors will receive one copy of the magazine.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Reading at The Listeners

I'm reading with Maurice Devitt this Monday 28th November 8pm at The Eden House, Rathfarnham. 
All welcome. 
It should be an innovative joint reading.

Space to Write

There are residencies and retreats for writing and other artistic spaces popping up all over the place. Each has its own ethos and feel. Here's one in a restored Victorian villa historically named ‘Glenhassan Hall’ facing Northern Ireland’s Downhill beach, Coleraine, Co Derry. It has a draw for a free stay at the end of January.

Space to Write 2017 is now taking bookings.

From Friday the 27th of Jan - Feb 5th.  It's 2 weekends plus the week in between.  

These dates are set aside for writers to have 'Space to Write' at a very low rate ( less than half normal price per room) The minimum booking is 3 nights, price is £22 per single room per night. We provide a beautiful space, a real fire, and endless tea and coffee. You bring yourself and the project you are are working on and food/drink for self-catering. There is no requirement to meet with the other participants or share what you are working on, however this tends to happen naturally. There is a gentle and supportive atmosphere and you will meet wonderful encouraging people.

The FB event is here:  Join it to be entered into the draw for a free stay!  

To reserve a space email McCall with your preferred dates at or send a PM. 

Downhill Beachhouse

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Scottish Arts Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide aged over 18 years, by 30 September 2017, published and unpublished.
Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic.

A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with the writer Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up.

The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is open to all unpublished writers over 18 years by 30 September 2017 who were born in Scotland, had their primary residence in Scotland or were studying in Scotland on 1 January 2017.


Every story submitted carries an entry fee of £10 payable as a donation to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust via credit/debit card, PayPal or cheque. All funds raised through the competition will be channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland.


  • All stories should be in English, double spaced, 12pt, in Microsoft Word or in a PDF format. The title of the story and page number should appear on every page. This should be inserted using the header format option.
  • The total number of words excluding the title should be listed at the end of the story.  

SUBMISSION: Stories are submitted via email with an entry form to

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition includes awards for:

  • The overall winner – £800
  • Two runners-up – £100 each
  • The Scottish Arts Club Members Award – Trophy
  • The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing – £500
  • All finalists – signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel

All finalists in the short story competition will be informed personally by email or by telephone by 15 September. Finalists stories will be published on the websites of the Scottish Arts Club and the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust.

The awards will be presented on Saturday 14 October 2017 during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner.

All the stories from 2016 may be read on the web site of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust – where writers may also enter the 2017 competition.

Deadline: 31st March 2017