Wednesday 22 November 2017

Doire Press on Tour

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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Winter Warmer festival Cork

Ó Bhéal's 5th Winter Warmer festival is this weekend, with 23+ poets, films from the Ó Bhéal International poetry-film competition, poetry interpreted through dance, accompanied by music and a closed-mic set for ten local poets.

Free Admission to all events
(€5 suggested donation)

Venue: The Village Hall Patrick’s Quay, Cork

The full programme is here 

If I could go, I'd recommend Friday 24th November 10.00pm – 11.15pm Brendan Cleary & Ken Marshall, Órfhlaith Foyle, Felispeaks, Stephen James Smith

and Saturday 25th 8.30pm – 9.30pm Stephen Watts,  Billy Ramsell, Adnan Al-Sayegh

but everyone will have their preferences so do check it out.

Monday 13 November 2017

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre.
The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry FestivalAt the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner.
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 Southword’s standard fee of €30.
The final date for receipt of entries is November 30, 2017. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.
Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival. We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up-to-date with all competition developments directly.
The 2018 Judge: Patrick Cotter
The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.
Fee €5 per poem. 5th poem free.

Saturday 11 November 2017

Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018

Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction 
Deadline: December 1st 2017. 
This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category.
Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 2nd-4th February for the 6th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend, County Clare will again play host to some of the country’s leading writers.
‘It’s a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix, as Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, “there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,” and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community with people joining  us here every year and just picking up where things left off, audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.’ Donal Minihane- Event Organiser- Hotel Doolin General Manager
‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.’
Terms and Conditions
Entrants must be aged over 18 years.
No poet/writer may win more than one prize.
8 Shortlisted names in each category will be announced on Doolin Writers’ Facebook page at no less than 1 week prior to Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Shortlisted authors will be contacted by email. 2 winners in each category will be announced on the opening night of Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Winners will read their poem and excerpt from their story on Saturday night of the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Accommodation and meals will be provide for winners and runners up on the Friday & Saturday night.
Poems, Flash Fiction and Stories must be entered separately.
Currency conversion for the purpose of this competition (subject to change): 10.00 Euro = £8.00 Sterling = US$14.00
For Postal entries please post your submission to Doolin Writers’ Competition Entry with a cover letter to have your name, email address and contact number and with the €10 Fee in a cheque or Postal order form made payable to Hotel Doolin. Your name and contact details must appear only in the cover letter and not the story or poem.
Click on the Submitable button on our website and follow the steps to upload your entry, your name and contact details must not appear on the entry uploaded only on the fields provided online.
Flash Fiction 1st Prize €500
Must be in English, must each be no more than 500 words (that does not include the title).
Must show title & story only, must not show writer’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted stories – Please note stories submitted with the writers’ name or contact details will not be submitted to the judges!
Must be double spaced.
Must be the original work of the entrant.
Must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print or online).
Poems First Prize €1000
Must be in English, must each be no longer than 40 lines (that does not include the title).
Must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted poems – Please note poems submitted with the writers’ name or contact details will not be submitted to the judges!
Must be the original work of the entrant.
Must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print or online).
Three is the limit on number of poems you can submit; no alterations accepted after submission.
Short Story First Prize €1000
Must be in English, must each be between 1000-3000 words (that does not include the title).
Must show title & story only, must not show writer’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted stories – Please note stories submitted with the writers’ name or contact details will not be submitted to the judges!
Must be double spaced.
Must be the original work of the entrant.
Must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print or online).

Thursday 9 November 2017

The Moth Poetry Prize 2017

The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize) is now in its seventh year, it continues to offer one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.

ABOUT THE PRIZE Since its inception in 2011, the prize has been judged by such celebrated poets as Deborah Landau, Matthew Sweeney and Billy Collins. Winners of the prize have included Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2015.

The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra. Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry and its title poem. He recently published his third collection of poetry with Faber, British Museum, and teaches poetry at Brunel University London and is Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4.

Terms and Conditions
Deadline: 31 December 2017.

  • The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. 
  • It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth. 
  • You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. 
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. 
  • Fees Entry fee is €12 per poem Online payment should be made to via PayPal. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on the back.
1st €10,000 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000 Prizewinners
The shortlisted writers will be notified by the end of February 2018.
 The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth.
 The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2018.


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

Competition deadline: 30th November 2017
Holland Park Press invite you to write a poem about migration.
We’re inviting you to send us poems that deal with the subject of migration.
People move to another country for many reasons ranging from loving someone to fleeing from war and persecution. Are you an immigrant, emigrant, refugee, or are any of your friends, relatives or neighbours? How do you react to what you read on social media about migration? Are you involved in supporting immigrants or deal with them in an official capacity?
Poems can be triggered by any aspect of migration and the opportunities to reflect on this theme are endless.
We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, look for a beautiful use of language.
Terms and Conditions
Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine
Length: 50 lines or less
Entry fee: none
Starting date: 1 September 2017
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country
To submit: email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to
We accept poems from authors of all nationalities and based anywhere in the world provided you comply with these guidelines:
  • Your poem has to be written in English
  • Translations are not accepted
  • Poems should not exceed 50 lines
  • The poem must be the original work of the entrant
  • The poems must not have been previously awarded or published
  • You can only send in one poem per entrant
  • You have to be eighteen or over
  • You can be based in any country but your poem needs to be in English
  • You can be of any nationality but your poem needs to be in English
  • We only accept email submissions
Organizer: Holland Park Press
Webpage: complete guidelines are available here

Sunday 5 November 2017

Cuirt New Writing

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions. The categories are poetry and short stories.

There is a €500 cash prize for the winner of each category and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event next April at Cúirt 2018.

This year, poet Jane Clarke will judge poetry and one of the founders of Tramp Press, Lisa Coen will judge short stories.

The youth strand of the prize ‘Young Cúirt’ is for ages 12‐17. The winner will receive €100 cash prize and will read at the Cúirt Labs next April.

Submission Guidelines (all categories)
  • Poetry entries must consist of 3 poems under 50 lines each
  • short stories may be up to 2000 words. 
  • Entries in both English and Irish are welcome. 
  •  Writers submitting work should not have had a collection published in the category in which they enter. This does not include the publication of single poems, stories or chapbooks.
  • Submissions should be sent via email to 
  • An entry fee of €10 is applicable for each separate entry. Payment can be made via the Paypal button. 
  • In addition to your work we ask that you include the following contact details: Name, email address, phone number, and the name of the Paypal account holder.
Deadline: for submissions is Thursday 25 January 2018 at 5pm.