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.

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