Sunday 30 August 2015

Bailieborough Poetry Prize

The Baileborough poetry prize is open for submissions.

Deadline:Friday 25th September 2015

First prize of €250 for winning poem with a 2nd prize also to be awarded.
There will also be a special prize this year for a local entrant domiciled in Cavan or Meath.
Each poem must not exceed 50 lines, and should be typed, single-spaced.
Up to three poems may be submitted per entry. 
A fee of €5 per poem or 3 poems for €10 is payable.
The judging panel this year is Michael Farry and Honor Duff

All shortlisted poems will be featured at a reading at Bailieborough Poetry Festival on Saturday 10th October 2015, and authors will be invited to attend. Also at the festival are visiting poets Niamh Boyce, Tony Curtis and Patsy McDermott. The venues will include the town library in the old Market Square and local bars and restaurants.

Link here

You can also have a look at last year's shortlisted poems here

Friday 28 August 2015

September Freestyle Writing Contest

No Entry Fee!
Word limit: 600
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Submissions: email to
50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency)
25 euro second prize
15 euro third prize
Glenn A. Bruce
Glenn A. Bruce
Contest Judge: Glenn A. Bruce
Glenn says: We are looking for your most interesting, creative, soulful writing. Take some chances. Move us.
No poetry, please. No erotica or hardcore genre stuff like alien steampunk zombies or speculative transgressive comic noir. Other than that, have fun and surprise us!
You may enter as often as you like. No simultaneous submissions for this contest.
All entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. This means submissions that have been accepted for publication anywhere else, including anywhere on the internet, blogs, personal web pages, etc., are not eligible. Entries of more than 600 words or entries found to be published anywhere else will be immediately disqualified. Good luck and good writing!
All winning entries (including shortlisted stories) will be published in the September issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction. Link here

Wednesday 26 August 2015

The Hudson Review Short Story Competition.

As with all such submission calls, I strongly recommend reading a few issues before submitting.

For a special fiction issue, The Hudson Review is sponsoring a short story competition. First prize is $500, second and third are $250 each. 10,000 words and under.
Deadline: 1st September

No submission fee.

Please submit hard copies (with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to:
The Hudson Review
33 W. 67th St.
New York, NY 10023

Note: If you would like to hear back from us via email, please include your email address with your story.
Link here

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Short Film Commission Scheme

Submit a story idea; the best three ideas will be selected and receive a prize of €500 each. These three writers will also be mentored by an experienced script editor to bring their idea from a story outline to a finished script. One script will then be selected and the winning script will be made into a short film.
Entry Fee: 25 euro
Deadline: September 4th, 2015
Manager of Galway Film Centre, Declan Gibbons adds “We’re delighted to be collaborating with RTÉ on a new short film initiative and to be doing so under our new UNESCO Galway City of Film banner. We’re also really happy with our directors mentoring panel where emerging talent will get the benefit of such a wealth of experience of directing talent. Galway Film Fleadh are also on board and have agreed to have the finished film shown in competition in next year’s festival so this is a terrific opportunity for young writers and directors to cut their teeth.”
RTÉ’s Drama Development Executive David Crean said “ we’ve ring-fenced a total budget of €23,000 for this project to cover both the prizes, mentoring process and the production process. This gives us a healthy budget to work from and we really want to spend time finding and nurturing new writing and directing talent and to bring them through a supportive process to get the best results possible. We’ve spent a good bit of time developing this with Galway Film Centre and so it’s great to be announcing it now.” Around 65% of this €23,000 will become the production budget once all other costs are covered.
Details on the Link here.

Monday 24 August 2015

Interview with poet Shirley McClure

Hi Shirley and welcome to emergingwriter. I enjoyed the launch recently of your new poetry collection, Stone Dress and I devoured the book on the way home.
First question. How did you first get into poetry?

The poems I wrote as a child bear a strong metrical resemblance to the hymns we sang in St Patrick's Presbyterian church in Waterford. I think that was my most likely influence, although we did read, and hear poetry read aloud at home. My mother was a primary school teacher and made sure we read more than Enid Blyton. In return I gave her carefully bound editions of 'My Poems'. This is beginning to remind me of Billy Collins' 'The Lanyard'...

Billy Collins - The Lanyard.
Does the carefully bound edition of “My Poems” still survive?

Probably, I shall look.

Would you want to go back and read your childhood poems? Have you? I’m not sure I would. In my memory they are brilliant, but probably with my world weary eye now they would appear less shiny.

I found my old poems!
But I am more amused by these than anything.

Did you continue writing through adolescence and on to early adulthood? How did school affect that?
I continued writing whilst at school, devoured the poetry sections of English text books and wrote for the school magazine. Teachers encouraged my writing. A couple of friends tried putting my poems to music, strumming away on their guitars on summer afternoons by the school pond. (Winter afternoons on their dorm beds?) Leslie Dowdall came to our school in fifth year, and did me the honour of singing one of my poem/songs at a school concert. (Already we could see she was good).
In college I did English & Spanish, read a lot and still wrote a bit, but it all kind of fizzled out as the years went by, with a kind of small revival when I got to forty.

Do you remember your first published poem as an adult? 
Getting published is always a thrill! Although one of my poems appeared in our college magazine, Icarus (1982), and a translation of mine from Spanish to English showed up in Poetry Ireland Review, I think I was most excited when in 1992, after a long 'sleep', one of my poems was selected to appear in Women's Work, an anthology of poems brought out by a Wexford-based community arts group. We were invited to read our poems, and my partner and I went to Wexford for the night. There I tasted the thrill of reading 'live', a pleasure I rediscovered fifteen years later after another long pause in my writing career. I remember the night so well, and the excitement of meeting other women who wrote. It makes me wonder why I stopped writing, or why I wrote so little really between the ages of 20 and 40. I suppose I was doing other things. Once I got into writing proper, I discovered the equally strong emotion of disappointment each time poems were rejected. Not funny.

So there’s hope for every lapsed writer! What brought you back into poetry, do you think?

A friend threw a 40th birthday party for me, where people performed and sang. Very enjoyable, except that they had dug out a few of my old poems and these were read, to my deep embarrassment! It made me think, though, and soon afterwards I attended a weekend writing workshop which really inspired me. At another workshop I met James Conway, who runs Rathmines Writers' Workshop, a long-standing group which meets weekly. I joined the group and the challenge to produce a new poem every week got me going. I would encourage anybody who is starting out or re-starting to attend courses/workshops, and to join a group where you get helpful feedback. Since then I have always been part of a work-shopping group: I spent about 5 years each in Rathmines and then Airfield Writers, then set up a small peer group with my friend Jane Clarke and three others. The group keeps my focus whenever I lose it. We do 2 poems each and stick to a strictish half hour per person arrangement, after which we all need to go home!

How did your first poetry collection come about?
I was preparing my first manuscript to send out when I saw an ad for the Cork Literary Review/ Bradshaw Books manuscript competition. So I sent my collection, Whose Counting there and was very lucky to win in 2009. Tina Pisco was writer in residence at Tigh Fili/ Bradshaw Books at that time, and she and Maura Bradshaw were very encouraging to me in getting the book out. They got me down to Cork to do a few readings which was a big help.   

And what about your most recent collection?
Bradshaw Books encouraged me to move on as they prefer to publish new writers, so for my second collection I did have to decide where best to send my work. Again I was lucky in that Arlen House does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but a fellow writer who knew my work suggested they have a look at it. Alan Hayes and I exchanged edited versions of the manuscript and met to agree on final changes. He pointed out that I am over-fond of italics, so I will watch out for that in future! Apart from that, we tended to be in agreement about the changes to be made, so it progressed quickly. The book was launched in Dublin in July, and I'll be taking it on tour from next week (Kilkenny on 27th August) with Jane Clarke, who is promoting her new book, The River.

What do you have coming up?

Stone House Books, Kilkenny
The Kilkenny launch of Spanish Affair and Jane Clarke's The River is in Stone House Books on Thursday 27th August at 7pm. Music by Eamon Sweeney, whose Spanish guitar is featured on the CD Spanish Affair.

Café Fusion, Wexford
Shirley and Jane read at Café Fusion on Friday 4th September at 8pm.

Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Shirley McClure, Jane Clarke, and classical guitarist, Eamon Sweeny, will give a performance of poetry and music on Thursday 24th September at 8.30pm.

Bray Arts, Bray
A performance of poetry and music from Spanish Affair with Eamon Sweeney, Katie Donovan, Jane Clarke, Lizzy Morrissey and Shirley McClure, Monday 5th October at the Martello Hotel, Strand Road, Bray. 8 pm.

No Alibis Bookshop, Belfast
Poet Paula Cunningham will launch Jane Clarke's The River & Shirley McClure's Stone Dress on Thursday, October 8th at 6.30 pm.

Imagine Festival, Waterford
A reading by Shirley McClure and Jane Clarke at Waterford Book Centre, as part of the Imagine Festival. 3 pm on Sunday 25th October.

Books Upstairs Cafe & Bookshop, Dublin
A reading by poets Paula Cunningham, Rosy Shepperd, Jane Clarke & Shirley McClure on Thursday 26th November at 7 pm.

Thanks Shirley. Good luck with your upcoming readings with Jane. Here’s a poem from Shirley’s second collection, Stone Dress published by Arlen House, available to buy online from Kenny’s bookshop.


Today she has been clipped, primped, squeezed,
handed back with a pink bow, she's a smooth black angel
beneath whose sleek chops, butter wouldn't melt.

Tonight is warm, the garden wild with possibility.
Suddenly the bellows of her belly surge, her body spasms
to expel the rare meat struggling in her mouth.

On the grass the hedgehog still breathes, but somehow
she has opened him, got right in without incurring
a single spine on her perfectly barbered snout.


Shirley McClure's new collection, 'Stone Dress', is published by Arlen House in August 2015. Her CD Spanish Affair, with her own poems plus poetry and music from invited guests, was launched in June. All proceeds from the CD go to Arklow Cancer Support Group, where she facilitates a writers' group. Her first poetry collection, Who's Counting? (Bradshaw Books) won Cork Literary Review's Manuscript  Competition 2009. She won Listowel Writers' Week Originals Poetry Competition 2014. Shirley lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow. 
Shirley’s website is here:

Sunday 23 August 2015

Poetry Divas are Flying South

Kate Quigley runs this positive Mental health Experience evening in JaJa Studios, 1B Cowper St, Arbour Hill, D7, Dublin through spoken word. This Friday 28th August, I'll be reading with the fabulous Poetry Divas, blurring the wobbly boundary between page and stage and thinking about mental health.

We'd love to see lots of you there for the evening. There's an open mic for a 5 minute spot, sign up at the door.

Also featured, Alicia Byrne Keane and Ru O'Shea.

Also there is cake.

Saturday 22 August 2015

I is Another - short story competition

A free to enter short story competition from Holland Park Press - not many of those.

For this new competition we’re taking inspiration from Arthur Rimbaud’s famous declaration ‘Je est un autre’ – ‘I is another’.

The task

We would like you to write a story in the first person about someone who is not you but which is about a subject close to year heart. Therefore the storyline will really matter to you but the story should not be autobiographical.
It should have a strong theme such as betrayal, sorrow, lust, jealousy or revenge and be under 2000 words.

Take your inspiration from:

Cathedral by Raymond Carver
Notes on Time by Laura Del-Rivo
Development by Karen Jennings

Prize: The author of the winning short story will receive £200.
The winning short story and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.
The winner and runners-up will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London.

The Judges
Paul McVeigh and Laura Del-Rivo

Who can take part?
We accept stories from anywhere in the world but submissions have to comply with these guidelines:
  • The short story should be 2000 words or less
  • The short story must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been previously awarded or published
  • You can only send in one short story per entrant
How to submit your entry

In order to enter the competition you have to email us:  
  • The short story must be attached as a single Microsoft Word file
  • The Word file has to be named as follows: ddmmyy_firstnamesurname_another.doc, where ddmmyy is the date on which you send the email, firstname and surname are your names.
  • ‘I is Another’ must appear in the subject line of the email
  • The body of the email should contain your contact details
  • Please do not add your name or contact details to the Word file attachment that contains your story
Deadline: 31st August

Thursday 20 August 2015

Pulp Literature are open for Short Story Submissions

This is a paying market.

As usual, I recommend you read a couple of issues before you submit to ANY publication.

Deadline: 24th August

Any genre or between-genre work of literature, or visual art (black and white) up to 75 pages in length.  Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations — bring it on.  We do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories.  Aside from that we want anything entertaining and well written.

We accept simultaneous  submissions. Previously printed pieces may be considered. We no longer accept multiple submissions.
Fiction Guidelines
    • We are looking for entertaining, accessible stories.  We do appreciate clever and poetic turns of phrase, but first and foremost we want a story readers can sink into late at night before they go to bed.  We want to stretch people’s minds, but not give them a headache.
    • We want a balance of serious and lighthearted stories.  We receive so many brilliant but depressing stories that we must pass on all but the best gems.  We strive for emotional balance in each of our issues, and want our readers to leave feeling challenged yet refreshed.
    • We aren’t satisfied with a joke.  Some writers send shaggy dog stories that end with a twist or revelation that is funny, but not a story.  A story is about a person, not a plot twist.
    • We take all genres, not just pulp.  Because our title says “Pulp” Literature, some authors assume we want guns and blood.  The “pulp” in our title refers to cheap pulp paper, which we someday hope to use.  We want our magazine to include a balance of all genres, including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary, etc.
    • We take more short fiction than novellas.  While we try to have one longer work of 15-20,000 words in every issue, that is only one story out of a dozen.  This means we are pickier and wait longer to reply to novellas, usually requesting a re-write.  We’re not saying to only send us short works, but do realize what the odds and time requirements are for novellas.
    • We want both plot and character.   We like some action along with those intriguing personalities, and we want to see characters that grow and change throughout the story arc.
    • We have high standards.   We want stories we can treasure, words that show the love and sweat and effort of strong storytellers.  These are the works we get excited about polishing so they shine to brilliance in our publication

Tuesday 18 August 2015

EastSide Arts Festival - Belfast

Some interesting events if you're near Belfast Wednesday 19th to 31st August

Thursday 20th August
Home Thoughts Poetry, Memoir & Song with Gerald Dawe & Eleanor Shanley
7:00pm, Belmont Tower
To celebrate the publication of Gerald Dawe’s Early Poems, his memoir, The Stoic Man and his most recent poetry collection, Mickey Finn’s Air. Traditional folk singer, and musician Eleanor Shanley joins Gerald for an entertaining session of readings and songs based upon some of the local places the poet has written about in both poetry and prose. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs, Eleanor Shanley from Co Leitrim is one of Ireland’s foremost singers. She has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance with De Danann in 1990. Her first solo album ‘Eleanor Shanley’ was produced by Donal Lunny and was followed in 1997 by ‘Desert Heart’. As a solo artist Eleanor is much in demand at top music festivals in Ireland and abroad (Denmark, Holland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Australia, the USA, Japan, China and the UK to name but a few). Tickets: £8 Available from

Friday 21st, Sunday 23rd and Saturday 29th August
Alice Fresco Outdoor Poetry Recital From Alice McCullough
3:00pm, ‘The Hollow’
Alice McCullough is an artist and writer living in Belfast. Her art takes many forms, including among other things costume design, standup comedy and performance poetry – ahead of her show 'Earth To Alice' at the Strand Arts Centre on Sunday the 30th, Alice will share a series of more intimate free performances outdoors, in 'The Hollow' - a picturesque little hideaway by the Beechie River off the Beersbridge Road. Come meet this unique talent and experience her award-winning poems, stories and songs in this beautiful setting.
Admission: Free

Saturday 22nd August
EastSide Out Loud: Readings by Jan Carson & Andrew Eaton
6:30pm, Belmont Tower
Two east Belfast-based writers offer readings from new works: Jan Carson is a writer and community arts development officer. Andrew Deloss Eaton is an American poet who moved to Northern Ireland, where his wife is from, to pursue a PhD in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s. His poetry meditates on themes of family, landscape and violence as he writes in response to audio recordings of his grandfather, recollecting his experience of internment in a Prisoner of War camp during World War II.
Tickets: £7

Sunday 23rd August
On a Summer Evening A Poetry & Harp Recital
8:00pm to 9.30pm, Maitri Studio
Tanya Houghton presents an eclectic mix of words and music on the theme of summer. She combines poetry with music for harp and voice, weaving a journey through varying emotional responses to the season, offering listeners a chance to meditate and relax whilst engaging with inspiring sounds and thoughts. The performance lasts approximately 45 minutes, with drinks and snacks available before and after.
Admission: £10 at the door

Tuesday 25th August
Glenn Patterson Reads from Here’s Me Here Hosted by Marie-Louise Muir
8:00pm, Strand Arts Centre (Screen 4)
Belfast author Glenn Patterson reads from his new book, a collection of his writing for print and broadcast, published by New Island Books. As part of this year’s EastSide Arts Festival, we’re offering a festival Book Club deal – buy a ticket for tonight’s reading and get a copy of ‘Here’s Me Here’ in the ticket price. And if you purchase well ahead of time, you get a chance to read the book and share your insights and questions with the author. Introducing Glenn on the night, and hosting the discussion, will be BBC Northern Ireland’s own MarieLouise Muir. In addition, all patrons will receive a bowl of Dal, prepared by Mr. Patterson himself. As he says himself: ‘I have a sentimental attachment to the stuff, a long story that I have boiled down to a more digestible three minutes, which I will serve up in their entirety with a selection of other morsels lifted from Here’s Me Here’.
Tickets: £10

Thursday 27th August
Creative Writing Workshop With Sheena Wilkinson
7:00pm-9:30pm, Maitri Studio
Always wanted to write? Got an idea and not sure how to take it further? Wherever you are with your writing, you should be further on and more confident after this interactive, handson workshop with award-winning novelist Sheena Wilkinson. The focus will be on using everyday tools to create characters and develop ideas.
Admission: £15

Friday 28th August
Multitudes Read by Lucy Caldwell
11:00am, Ballyhackamore Library
In this exclusive event, Belfast-born author Lucy Caldwell will give an advance reading from her debut collection of short stories, Multitudes, to be published by Faber in 2016. The stories are set in and around east Belfast, and explore the many facets of growing up - the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative - ‘the drunkenness of things being various’. In keeping with the celebrations of Van Morrison’s 70th birthday and Cyprus Avenue concert, she will discuss how his music and lyrics have influenced her work, and read a story written, in part, in homage to ‘Cyprus Avenue’ and Astral Weeks. Lucy is the author of three novels and several stage plays and radio dramas and has received numerous awards. Her most recent novel, All the Beggars Riding, was chosen for Belfast’s One City One Book campaign in 2013 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.
Admission: £5

All details and more here

Monday 17 August 2015

The Donegal Collection' - CD Launch in aid of Donegal Hospice

'The Donegal Collection' - CD Launch in aid of Donegal Hospice in Café Blend, Letterkenny on Thursday August 20th at 8:00pm
Launch by John Breslin - Highland Radio
North West Words have produced a unique CD 'The Donegal Collection' featuring the best in original music and poetry by poets, artists, singers and musicians from throughout the County of Donegal.
All proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the local hospice who provide palliative care to terminally ill people in County Donegal. The CD will be available directly from the Donegal Hospice and in outlets throughout the County - for listing and further details see
Music features : Classical, Jazz, Traditional Irish & contemporary.
Poetry features : Memoir ,Humurous, etc.
1. Anne Kerr
2. Karen Kelly
3. Simon Mc Cafferty
4. Shauna Mc Daid
5. Eoin Bond
6. Patricia Morris
7. Kayla Reed
8. Eamonn Mc Garvey, Seamus Ó Currain & Kayla Reed
9. Laura Mc Cready
1. Denise Blake
2. Guy Le Jeune
3. Eamonn Bonner
4. Maureen Curran
5. Clare McDonell
6. Nick Griffiths
7. Joe Lynch
8. Imelda Maguire
9. Michael Sugrue
10. Deirdre Hines
11. Seamus Mc Crudden
12. Susan Doherty
13. Colette Ni Ghallchóir
14. Patricia Morris
15. Mary Turley Mc Grath
16. AnnMarie Gallagher
17. Averil Meehan

Sunday 16 August 2015

Abbey Theatre Playwrights Hub - Tiger Fringe Festival

Dates: 8–10 September, during Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival
Time: 2–5pm
Location: Irish Writers Centre
Join the Abbey Theatre Literary Team at the Irish Writers Centre for a series of curated workshops.
Find out more about how the Abbey Theatre develops new plays. Bounce some ideas off them or get the facts about submitting your work. Spend time on the nuts and bolts of your trade and take the chance to develop some new ideas with the help of established theatre makers.
Michael West (ConservatoryFreefall) will facilitate this year’s Playwrights Hub. 
Any interested writers will need to send an expression of interest and their writing experience to
As the places for the Hub are strictly limited, the deadline for expression of interest will be 21 August and all applicants will be contacted by August 28.
There will be three groups of 10 playwrights and each group will have a 3 hour workshop with an established theatre maker.

Thursday 13 August 2015

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015

The 2015 Moth Poetry Prize has a massive prize fund and receives entries from all over the world.

1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000. 

The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. 

This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. 

The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016. 

Entry fee: €12

Deadline: 31 December 2015

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Allingham Festival Poetry, Songwriting and Flash Fiction Competition

Not like Homer would I write,
Not like Dante if I might,
Not like Shakespeare at his best,
Not like Goethe or the rest,
Like myself, however small,
Like myself, or not at all.
— William Allingham, 'Blackberries'
The prize in each category is €300.

Songwriting Competition - €20 per entry.
Flash Fiction Competition - €5 for 1 entry, €8 for 2 entries, €12 for 3 entries, €15 for 4 entries.
Poetry Competition - €5 for 1 entry, €8 for 2 entries, €12 for 3 entries, €15 for 4 entries. 

The winners and runners up will be invited to read their work at the Allingham Festival on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, and will also receive free entry to all events in the festival. 

Deadline: September 14th 2015.

Flash Fiction must not exceed 800 words. Poems must not exceed 40 lines.
Details here
Judges: Monica Corish, Manchan Magan and Jane Clarke.

Sunday 9 August 2015

Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry and Flash Competitions

Details of the 2015 Dromineer Literary Festival competitions. The festival will take place 1 to 4 October, 2015.

Judge: Thomas McCarthy.
Maximum Number of lines per poem: 40
Prizes: 1st. Prize €500.00; 2nd. Prize €350.00; 3rd. Prize €150.00
Entry Fee: €5 per poem. Closing date: August 25 2015
Last year's prizewinning poems are here.

Judges: SARAH DAVIS-GOFF and LISA COEN (Tramp Press)
Maximum Number of words per story: 500
Prizes: 1st. Prize €500.00; 2nd. Prize €350.00; 3rd. Prize €150.00
Entry Fee: €10 per entry. Closing date: August 25 2015

Friday 7 August 2015

Book Dedications

I've been obsessing recently about Book Dedications,
  • who to chose,
  • what to say
and then there's font and italics which deserves a blogpost of its own.

Also as this is a book of poetry there are individual poems dedicated to someone, poems in memoriam, poems inspired by another poem and poems that need a bit of explanation, footnotes or epigraph.
  • Dedications. Do you say "For Freda" or "For Freda Fitton" of "For Mrs Fitton, RA Butler Infants School, who taught me to read"?
  • How many is too many?
  • Is it really naff to dedicate poems to famous people?
  • Also there are poems created as a response to another famous poem (After Rilke anyone?!)
So I checked a slew of books on my shelves and then went and asked Google.

How about this one?

"For Colin Firth: You're a really great guy, but I'm married, so I think we should just be friends."
from Austenland: A Novel (Austenland 1) by Shannon Hale. Here's a blogpost she wrote about it. I don't know if Colin's read it...

Some dedications to famous people are a little boast-y. I met {insert famous name here} and you, dear reader, probably didn't. Or I possibly reflected glory.

My first published poem was in the same issue of Poetry Ireland Review as a poem by Seamus Heaney. So he probably read it. It was about changing toilet rolls. I like to think he thought about my poem while contemplating toilet rolls of his own.

I'm not sure who I would chose for a celebrity dedicatee. I reference Ozzy Osbourne in a poem. And Fred Astaire and Vincent Van Gogh and The Spice Girls amongst others. (Not all in the same poem) But I don't think I'd dedicate a whole book to any of those. Even Vincent.

So how about revenge dedications?
"My first stepfather used to say that what I didn’t know would fill a book. Well, here it is."
This Boy's Life (Bloomsbury Paperbacks) by Tobias Wolff

So then, family?
"To my wife Marganit and my children Ella Rose and Daniel Adam without whom this book would have been completed two years earlier."
Joseph J Rotman - An Introduction to Algebraic Topology (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
"This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
Actually Dad doesn’t read fiction, so if someone doesn’t tell him about this, he’ll never know."
Tad William - Otherland: City of Golden Shadow Bk. 1
Books 2 to 5 continue...
“This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
As I said before, Dad doesn’t read fiction. He still hasn’t noticed that this thing is dedicated to him. This is Volume Two – let’s see how many more until he catches on.”
“This is still dedicated to you-know-who, even if he doesn’t.
Maybe we can keep this a secret all the way to the final volume.”
“My father still hasn’t actually cracked any of the books – so, no, he still hasn’t noticed. I think I’m just going to have to tell him. Maybe I should break it to him gently."
“Everyone here who hasn’t had a book dedicated to them, take three steps forward. Whoops, Dad, hang on there for a second…”
Elna Baker The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

Or beloveds?
"In the vastness of space and immensity of time, it is my joy to spend a planet and an epoch with Annie."
Carl Sagan - Cosmos

To Her -
Hand in hand we come
Christopher Robin and I
To lay this book in your lap.
Say you're surprised?
Say you like it?
Say it's just what you wanted
Because it's yours -
because we love you.”
AA Milne - Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie the Pooh Colour P/Backs)

I'm going to stop now and think up my own.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Hodderscape Speculative of Fantastic Fiction open submissions

From Paul McVeigh's blog

They are looking for novels (50,000 words or more) that contain some element of the speculative or fantastic. Simply put, they’re looking for awesome science fiction, fantasy and horror novels.
This open submissions period is a chance for unagented authors only.
The submissions period opened at 12 am GMT on 3 August, 2015, and will close on 16 August, 2015, at 11.59 pm, GMT.
Details on what to include here. Read the guidelines and adhere to them!
They are looking for the first 3 chapters or the first 15,000 words of your novel, whichever you prefer and synopsis.
They say:
We will read through every submission that we receive. We will make every effort to get back in touch with you by 30 September, 2015, to let you know our decision.Please do not email us to ask whether we’ve read your submission yet. 
  • They are open to submissions from anywhere in the world, not just the UK.
  • If you would like to submit a previously self-published novel, let them know

Monday 3 August 2015

Poetry Book Launches - Arlen House

Arlen House have some book launches in Dublin this week.
Thursday 6th August at 6 o'clock in Pearse St Library.
Little Witness from Connie Roberts

Stone Dress by Shirley McClure
and Circling by Mamo McDonald

All welcome. Should be good.

Saturday 1 August 2015

Hanna Greally Literary Awards

From the Women Rule Writer Blog. The theme is puzzling. But give it a go.

Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015 including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup

ThemeCentenary in Reflection
Submissions of poetry, prose, short stories on the theme are invited.

Prizes: The Overall Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of €200 Runners-Up prizes will also be awarded in categories that include International Poetry, International Prose/Short Stories, National Poetry, National Prose/Short-Story, Local Winner in both Poetry and Prose/Short Stories categories, prizes for Highly Commended and National Schools.
The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will also be awarded from the entries submitted.

Competition Rules of Entry:
·         All entries submitted must be the author’s own unpublished work
·         Entries are limited to three entries (poems, short-story or prose) per person
·         Entrant’s name and address contact number, details, must be on a separate page to the written submission

Competition Entry Fee: €5 per entry; €10 for three entries.
You can also enter online. Their Website has details.

Deadline: Friday 23rd October 2015

The Siarsceal Festival is launched Friday 6th November.