Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Southword Poetry Submissions

Southword is now accepting submissions of poetry and submissions of litríocht as Gaeilge 

Submitting via Submittable (formerly Submishmash) is quick, easy and free! The only details you are required to provide is your name and email address. The advantage to using this site is that submitters will now be able to check the status of their submission, seeing easily for themselves whether their work has been accepted or declined.

To send poetry or short stories to Southword Journal Online, click here to go to Southword's Submittable page.

There is a strict submission limit of six poems or two short fiction pieces of 3000 words each. Authors are paid €30 per poem and/or €120 per story published in Southword Journal.

More details here

Check previous journals for an idea of what they're looking for.

Deadline: 15th September

The editor may take up to 8 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

New Regular Poetry Reading Evening

Outburst magazine are holding their inaugural reading on Tuesday 28th July in the Workman's club, Wellington Quay Dublin,  starting at 7 pm. 

Kim Moore, the very wonderful U.K poet, the equally wonderful Jane Clarke and Arthur Broomfield will be reading. 

They hope to continue the readings on a monthly schedule. 

Admission is free 

Outburst is an e-zine on the margins. They say
we are openly hostile to cronyism and corneyism. We really do not want submissions that over sentimentalize experiences in the potato field or on the bog. We will welcome poetry that , to quote John Ashbery, is ‘ambrosia in the alley under the stars…that makes us aware of certain moments.’

Friday, 24 July 2015

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition

If you are looking for some inspiration and/or writing exercise, have a look at this competition.

The 3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition runs until the end of January 2016. 

Each Tuesday at noon (GMT), five words are posted on the competition page at http://www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=2371.

Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. 

A prize of 500 euros will be awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event in April, 2016 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol IX – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.

This year’s judges are Marie Coveney and Colm Scully. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Axis Poems


I have experimented with concrete poems where the shape on the page is as important as the words. Here's a new (for me) type that sounds interesting. An Axis poem.

- Possibly for two voices.
- Centred on the page
- with the two halves echoing or chiming with each other but distinct
- Rhymes and heteronyms or homonyms can work well

See this one Derwent Water from Paul Hurt (I think)

He says
The rhymes of the two halves are 'along,' horizontal, but the grammatical sense is vertical, 'down' each of the two columns. Although the diction is plain and simple - 'milky' applied to light and to ice, for example - it's transformed by putting the words and phrases in the two halves of the poem in close proximity. The two halves obviously show strong contrasts of theme - summer and winter - but there are also subtle contrasts of syntax and punctuation, for example, 'still' in the half-line of the first voice, 'still and distant' is different, grammatically, from the 'still' in the half-line of the second voice next to it, 'still distant.'
More here 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Carried in Waves short stories for radio

UCC radio are running a short story competition for radio with a prize fund. 
1ST PRIZE €300 | 2ND PRIZE €200 | 3RD PRIZE €100
The competition is open to original short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or less. These stories can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any age and of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. The themes explored may be of any nature but keep in mind that a shortlist of forty stories will be recorded for broadcast. By way of guidance the recordings of the shortlisted stories will be performed by one actor who will be chosen from a panel of six which will represent all voices and ages. All copyright and ownership remains the property of the writer. 
The entry fee for one story of ten euro can be paid here http://uccshop.ie/carried-in-waves-registration-fee.htmlIf you wish you may enter a maximum of two additional stories for a fee of five euro each.
Quite steep?
The adjudicating of the submissions will be by a panel of five people drawn from across all relevant disciplines. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Jools Gilson. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
Closing date September 30th.
There's also a George Boole category for young adults.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Finding a Place: Landscapes Within and Without

Finding a Place: Landscapes Within and Without is a one day writing workshop hosted by John MacKenna. The day will focus on touring St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and using the beautiful grounds as a muse for creating original works.
The event will take place on 21 July, and includes a full day of activities designed to inspire.

Schedule for the Day:
10:00: Convene at the South Campus Reception
10:30: Guided Tour of Campus
11:15: Coffee/Tea Break
11:45: Writing Workshop
13:00 Lunch in Historic Pugin Hall
14:00: Individual Writing Time
15:30: Reading and Performance Cafe
17:00: Conclusion of the Day

Tickets for the event are €30. Booking by debit or credit only.
Please click this link to book tickets. Spaces are limited.

Link here

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Inishbofin and Inishturk Writing Jaunts


Start to Write courses & Guided Writing Retreats with Yvonne Cullen who has been running these island writing trips for 7 years.

INISHTURK 18-25 July
€625 fee includes tuition, one week’s accommodation and most meals.

A FURTHER INISHTURK WRITING JAUNT will run from 15-22 AUG.

and WRITING RETREAT TRIPS 5-12 & 12-19 SEPT.

For information on availability see https://yvonnecullen.wordpress.com/

TO BOOK or discuss, contact: yvonnesworkshops@gmail.com