Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Seashores Haiku Submissions

The Fishing Cat Press is pleased to announce the launch of seashores an international journal to share the spirit of haiku.

The objective of seashores is to share haiku from all over the world and explore how the way and the spirit of haiku, with its power to connect us to nature and our world can play a role in poetry and our lives in general.

Editorial team: Paul Chambers (www.paulchambershaiku.com) and Gilles Fabre (Haiku Spirit) with the contribution of David Burleigh.

www.haikuspirit.org to view more information 

You are all welcome to submit a maximum of eight (8) haiku/senryu, in any combination. Essays or articles on haiku are also welcome (app. 800 words max). All copyrights to remain with the author.

The submissions deadline for issue 1 is: 30 June 2018 for publication in autumn 2018.
Send all submissions (and any request of information) to haikuspirit@haikuspirit.org
Please enter Submissions for Seashores in the email subject. Family name, first name as well as country must be included in the email body text.

We regret to advise you that no free copies of this printed journal will be offered. Only contributors whose essay/article is selected to be published will receive a free copy. Price to be confirmed but each copy will be a maximum of €10 (including postage) for the first issue (2018).

Submissions Criteria:
1. All submissions must be unpublished and not being considered elsewhere.
2. All submissions must be in English. If originally in another language, translation must be provided with the original entry (if the author is not the translator, please indicate the translator’s details and his/her consent to publication).
3. All essays and articles must be submitted in English.

Submissions Guidelines:
Haiku (and senryu) need to reflect the rules and guidelines that are generally accepted in the global haiku community. Basically, haiku in three distinct lines with good rhythm are favoured and may include a season word (kigo) or a key word, a cut (kireji, by way of style, space or the use of punctuation or other) but poems of 1, 2 or 4 lines with haiku essence and spirit will also be considered. Ultimately, submissions will be judged on quality and originality.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Waterford Poetry Prize


The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.
This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.
It is a condition of entry that prize winners will attend the announcement of the winning poems at a Festival event at the Waterford Writers Weekend on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 in Waterford city. Accommodation will be provided for the prize winners in a 4 star city hotel.

  • A line limit of 40 lines applies
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • No more than one entry should be submitted by any individual.
  • Deadline 4th August 

First prize is  €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019 (This prize valued 500 is non transferable and no cash alternative will be awarded in lieu).
Second prize €300                     Third prize €200.

The judge for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018 is the poet Grace Wells.

Link here

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry.

1st Prize: €1,000; 2nd Prize :€500
The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival (March 27th-30th, 2019) (www.corkpoetryfest.net)

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a debutant poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published.
Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended". 
Manuscripts can be between 16 and 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or 'versions'.
The poems can be in verse or prose.
There is an entrance fee of €25 for each manuscript.
Entrants may enter more than one manuscript.
The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets including Mary Noonan, Matthew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.
The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword editions in March 2019 and will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 27-30, 2019). It will be offered for sale internationally through our own website and in selected independent book sellers.

Deadline: Saturday 30th of June, Midnight
Link here 

Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 50 complimentary copies. The published chapbooks will be reviewed in Southword Journal and elsewhere.

Monday, 28 May 2018

The North - Irish Issue


The North – Irish Issue

Deadline: 30 Jul 2018

Issue 61 of The North, to be published in December 2018, will be a special Irish issue, edited by poets Jane Clarke and Nessa O’Mahony. It will focus on work by poets living on the island of Ireland, or who are from Ireland but living elsewhere. 
There is no set theme for submissions, but the editors are interested in contemporary poems reflecting the cultural diversity of life in Ireland in the 21st century, and particularly welcome submissions from poets from minority communities.
Send up to four unpublished poems to thenorthirishissue@gmail.com as a word attachment and cut and past it into the body of the email. Please make sure to put your name, postal address and email address on every sheet.
The editors also intend to include reviews of collections by Irish poets published between January 2017 and end April 2018. We welcome review copies – please email thenorthirishissue@gmail.com for address.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the second Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite, is now open for entries. It is part of our mission to promote a socialist approach to culture. The purpose of the Award is to create new opportunities for working class people to write poetry, and encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities.
Submission Guidelines and Award Rules
1. You may enter up to three original, previously unpublished poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.
2. You must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
3. Entry is free, and open to anyone regardless of trade union membership.
4. There will be five prizes of £100 each.
5. Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working class life, politics, communities and culture.
6. Entries should be sent to info@culturematters.org.uk by midnight on Friday 8 June, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE, to arrive on Friday 8 June. No entries will be accepted after that date.
Winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Durham on 13 July, linked to the Durham Miners’ Gala, with travel and accommodation costs paid. The best poems will be published in an anthology later in 2018.
Copies of the Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2017 are available to buy here.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Wigtown Poetry Competition


The competition closes on 8 June, with a prize-giving at Wigtown Book Festival (21-30 September 2018).  

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

This is the 12th year of the Competition, which is widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year.   
From the entries received about 35 poems are chosen for the long list and these are published in an anthology; copies are available from the Festival Office.  A shortlist of poems is then selected and from these the winners are chosen.  
The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of Kent who donate the University of Kent Prize of £200 for the winner, £100 for second and £50 for third places, £25 for the People’s Choice and the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of the Wine Room, Tankerton.  
So send in your poems of all types, long, short, tragic, funny, whatever you are moved to write and you may find yourself crowned the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018.
The Competition deadline is Monday 18 June 2018.  
The fee for entry is £5 per poem and please don’t forget to attach an entry form which can be downloaded here.  
The poem or poem sequence may be on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines in length excluding title and line breaks.  
Entries are judged anonymously 
The Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here