Saturday, 17 June 2017

Glebe House poetry competition

The third Glebe House poetry competition is now open for submissions.

Glebe House, for more than forty years, has been offering cross community rural retreats for young people in Kilclief County Down.
This year's judge for the competition is Emma Wright, founder of the Emma Press, one of the most energetic breakthrough publishing endeavours of recent years.
  
Poems submitted should be 40 lines or less. 
Entry fee is £10 for the first poem and £5 for each poem after that 
Prizes are 1. £200, 2. £100 and 3. £50.


The theme for this year's competition is Trust.

Deadline 1st September

Details of how to enter the competition this year are available at http://www.glebehousepoetry.com/

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017

SiarScéal - literary festival inspired by the culture and heritage of Roscommon
SiarScéal Festival 2017
20-21 October, Roscommon Town

literary festival inspired by the culture and heritage of County Roscommon, in the heart of Ireland

SiarScéal Festival 2017
- including Hanna Greally International Literary Awards -
SiarScéal Festival 2017, which includes the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards ceremony, will take place over Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October at Roscommon County Library HQ from 10am to 4.30pm, including a break for lunch.

Presentations will be followed by readings and an open mike session, giving opportunities to participants who would like to showcase their work in a public setting. This will take place on the Saturday. There will a special presentation for winners in the student categories on Friday, 20 October.

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017
Entries now being accepted
Competition Theme
Beneath Western Skies

Prizes
  • Overall Prize winner will receive a publishing package from The Manuscript Publisher, valued at €2000
  • A cash prize of €700 will be awarded to recipient of 1st Prize
  • Trophy prizes will be awarded to Highly Commended entries in the various categories (poetry, prose/short stories)
Beneath Western Skies anthology will be published from this year's school entries.

Competition Rules of Entry
Poetry not more than 100 lines and short story/prose not to extend beyond 2000 words. Entries submitted must be typed and titled, accompanied by entrant's name written on a separate page. The judges' decision is final.

Competition Entry Fee
€10 for up to three entries. Entries may include poetry and/or prose.

Deadline: 1 September, 2017. 
They can be submitted online or sent to: Mary Butler, a/County Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon
Cheques, postal orders should be made payable to SiarScéal Festival Group. Payments by credit/debit card may be made via PayPal – see Competitions page for details.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Words by Water

Words by Water 
Kinsale Literary Festival
5 - 8th Oct 2017


Words by Water

The first Kinsale Literary Festival, is taking place in October and promises a host of entertainment for readers and writers.
We are running two competitions - short story & poetry for your consideration.
Short Story Competition
Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Sarah Moore Fitzgerald.
Theme: Open
1st Prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.
How to Enter:
Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com
Poetry Competition
Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Poetry Award. Poets are invited to submit up to three poems, up to a maximum of 30 lines, for consideration by judge Niall MacMonagle.
Theme: open
1st Prize is €150 plus publication in the Evening Echo,
How to Enter:
Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com
Payment of €6 per entry (max of 3 per person) :

Full Terms & Conditions are listed
www.wordsbywater.ie



Monday, 5 June 2017

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is an annual competition organised by Winchester Poetry Festival in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.
Entries must be poems on any subject and in any form or style.
Poems should be in English, must be the entrant's own work and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including online), should not have won another poetry competition or be the translated work of another poet. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines (excluding title).

Deadline 31st July

Prizes 
First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250

Entry fee £5 for first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem

Sole Judge: Sarah Howe.

Prize-giving will be on Saturday 14th October 2017 at a special event as part of the Winchester Poetry Day. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the event. Winning poems will be published in a Prize anthology

For further details, rules & to enter visit http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize

Saturday, 3 June 2017

O'Bheal


Upcoming Events for June and July 2017
(scroll down for full details -the online version is here.)

Stephanie Conn and Simon Lewis – 5th June
Matthew Caley – 12th June
Jo Slade – 19th June
Linda Ibbotson and Sarah Byrne – 26th June
Maria McManus – 3rd July
Didi Jackson & Major Jackson – 10th July
in association with Foras na Gaeilge  Celia De Fréine – 17th July
Cork-Coventry Twin Cities Poetry Exchange  Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry – 24th July
Mary O’Malley – 31st July

Entrance is free. Readings will last between 30-45 minutes after which there will be the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats. Full bar available.
The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10.00pm
 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Heinrich Böll Residency on Achill Island

The Heinrich Böll cottage in Dugort, Achill has been in use as a residency for artists and writers since 1992.

The Residency at the Böll Cottage is designed to achieve the following;
– To provide a secluded and private environment for writers and Artists to do their work, a space where artists can be away from their usual environment and routine, in a place conducive to their needs, and to producing high quality work.
– To provide access for the resident island community to high quality, professional standard, cultural and artistic events. This is achieved through readings and exhibitions – visits to local schools etc, organised in a manner which does not distract the resident artist from their main creative work, while at the cottage.
– To build on the existing tradition and reputation of Achill island as an area of interest to writers and artists. The residency attracts interest from professional artists from an international base – hence focusing on the island as an area of cultural and artistic interest.

– To have an appropriate memorial to Heinrich Böll on Achill island. The residency, by providing support for artists, is a living, growing and creative way to celebrate the work and achievement of Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll. This project, in memory of Heinrich Böll, makes available a real tangible support structure for creative artists, and is therefore a most appropriate memorial to this important writer.

Link here

Deadline: 30th September

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award

Closing date for entries Friday 28th July 2017

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. 
The award is now in its 46th year. 

The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000.

The Award will be presented on the evening of the Friday 29th September 2017 at the opening of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.


  • The award is for an unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. Manuscripts accepted for publication shall be eligible ONLY if the resulting collection of poems is NOT published before the judges’ decision is announced.
  • The collection of poems in English must be original and consist of 20 poems. Individual poems should not be more than 40 lines.
  • The only works eligible are unpublished or magazine published work. 
  • The adjudicator is Brian Lynch (Again! Why the lack of imagination?)
  • The entry fee is €25/£25 

Rules and entry form are available on our website www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com or from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

McLellan Poetry Prize

Part of the McLellan Festival 1st - 10th September 2017

This year's judge is Maura Dooley.

 1st prize £1000     2nd prize £300     3rd prize £100

6 commendations of £25

Deadline: 21st June 2017

Entries may be made online or by post.

To enter the competition electronically, complete the online form , attach your poem(s) and pay your entry fee by Credit/Debit card, or direct from your Paypal account if you have one.
Rules:

  • Poems should be of no more than 80 lines (excluding title), in English and your own original work (no translations).
  • Poems must not have won a prize in any other competition or have been published, self-published (including on social media) or accepted for publication in print or online at the time of the closing date. 
  • Each poem should be on a separate page, in black Times New Roman size 12 font. Poems will be judged anonymously and must NOT include the poet’s name or any other distinguishing mark.
  • The entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem submitted on the same form. 
  • Prize-winners will be notified individually before the end of July and invited to read at the award ceremony with Maura Dooley in Brodick, Isle of Arran on Friday, 1st September 2017. The results of the competition with copies of the poems will be published on the festival website within one week of the award ceremony.




Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

The Fool for Poetry competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Manuscripts must be 16 to 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. Each chapbook is guaranteed a review in Southword Journal.

The winning chapbooks will be published in February 2018 with ISBNs, barcodes and will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and selected independent book sellers. The winning poets will be offered a reading and given three nights' accommodation at the 2018 Cork Spring Poetry Festival. The winning authors will each receive 50 complimentary copies. The first prize winner will receive €1000. The second prize winner will receive €500. 

An entrance fee of €25 will be charged for each manuscript. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. 

The winners will be selected by a panel chosen by the management board of Southword Editions.

Previous winners include John Mee, Maya Catherine Popa, Victoria Kennefick and Tanya Hershman

Deadline: 30th June 2017

Link here for specific details

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Mentorship for Muster-resident poets

Applications are invited from Munster-resident poets (with at least one collection published and no more than two) who would like to be mentored by Matthew Sweeney while working towards their next collection. The successful candidate will meet the Matthew for six sessions. The first five two-hour sessions will be devoted to assessing batches of poems building towards your next book. The sixth session will be devoted to the overall shape of your manuscript. Mentoring sessions can take place at the Munster Literature Centre or at a location mutually agreeable to the Mentor & Mentee.  Submit 10 poems from your manuscript in progress, a literary CV and a note outlining how you believe you can benefit from this opportunity.
This mentorship is made possible through funding by Words Ireland.

No deadline mentioned

Link here

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Stinging Fly Submissions

The Stinging Fly is a Dublin-based print magazine and small press. 

They are now publishing two issues each year instead of three. Each of our issues contains a mix of short fiction, poetry, essays and author interviews. We have a particular interest in publishing new writers and in promoting the short story. 

We accept submissions of short stories and poetry on an issue-by-issue basis. Unless otherwise clearly stated, there is no preferred theme – we're just looking for a lively mix of fresh and original new writing to share with our readers. Essays and interviews are commissioned. We pay a small fee for stories, poems and other work. Contributors also receive a free copy. 

We are now accepting fiction and poetry submissions (including work in translation) for Issue 37 of the magazine. 

Link to Submissions Guidelines and Submittable. 

Deadline: Friday 19th May 2017.

They have an extensive archive which includes a poem from me!

They are also accepting applications for our Summer Fiction workshops. Workshop applications will not be considered for publication. 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Reading At The Edge

I'm delighted to return to Cavan on Tuesday, next week for At The Edge, run by Kate Ennals. Do come and join it, it's a terrific line up and there's an open mic after too.

AT The Edge, Cavan
Cavan Literary Night
Tuesday 2 May 6.30pm Johnston Library

AT The Edge, Cavan returns to the Johnston Library on Tuesday 2 May with a reading from a poet and two fab writers.

Kate Dempsey
Colm Keegan
Helena Mulkerns
Helena Mulkerns writes short stories and her latest collection is Ferenji and Other Stories. She received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to complete her fiction debut, A Child Called Peace, a themed collection of short fiction.
Colm Keegan was shortlisted four times for the Hennessy XO New Irish Writing Award and was all Ireland Poetry Slam Champion 2010. His poetry collection, Don’t Go There, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim.
Kate Dempsey’s poetry is published in many journals in Ireland and the UK. Prizes include The Plough Prize, Hennessy New Irish Writing Award shortlisting. Her debut collection, The Space Between, was published by Doire Press in 2016.

Following the Readings, will be an ‘Open Mic’ session at which everybody is welcome. Please register with Kate on the night.



AT the Edge Cavan is supported by the Cavan County Council Arts Office.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fiction at the Friary

Fiction at the Friary is a new monthly fiction event in The Friary, North Mall, Cork. This event, run by Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D'Arcy, will feature readings by guest authors throughout 2017, along with open mic, optional writing exercises, occasional book reviews and plenty of conversation.

So far they've had Danny Denton, Eimear Ryan and William Wall.

Sunday 30th April  3-6 pm the reader is Susan Lanigan, whose excellent novel, White Feathers, set in WW1, was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2015.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Wine tourism spain short story / Flash competition

Interesting flash fiction competition that's free to enter.

How would aliens react to wine? Would wine play a role in the way that aliens perceive Earth?

Submission guidelines:

  • All stories must be original and should not have been previously published elsewhere.
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 200 words. Maximum word limit is set to 500 words. 
  • Winners will be announced on May 20th
  • Topic: Extraterrestrial life arrives to Earth. They arrive somewhere in Spain. Wine plays an important role in the way their perception of Earth is shaped.
  • Important rule: The stories must first be published on a blog as a precondition to participate. As part of the publication, a link to Winetourismspain.com or any of its sections must be included 
  • Individuals may participate with a maximum of 2 stories.

Prizes: 3 prizes. A first prize of an Amazon voucher valued at $700 and two second prizes of an Amazon voucher valued at $350.

Deadline: April 30th (20:00 CET)

Submission instructions:

An email with the following details needs to be sent to contest@turismodevino.com
Details needed:

  • URL of the blog where the story is published
  • Name of the story
  • Name and surname of the person that is participating

2017 Oliver Goldsmith Literary Festival Poetry Competition

Enter the Goldsmith's festival poetry competition by downloading the PDF below with the competition rules and application form. Winners will be invited to read their work and receive their prize at the Poetry in Pallas event on Sunday the 4th of June 2017. This is in Pallas, Co Longford.

There is also a reading by a guest poet. This year’s guest poet and adjudicator is Michelle O Sullivan, winner of a number of awards she has a new collection, The Flower and The Frozen Sea published by the renowned Gallery Press.

There aren't many guidelines or other details e.g. length or what the prize is or who is judging.

  • All poems must be the original work and must not have been previously published. 
  • Each poem must be accompanied by a fee of €5. 3 Poem entry €10. 


Link here 

Closing Date is 28th April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Creative Ardagh - the King at the Back of the Hill

Following on from the success of the Midir and Etain anthology two years ago, Creative Ardagh are delighted to be able to put a call out again for submissions. This year in association with Longford Arts Office and Cruthú Arts Festival they are turning our attention to the King at the Back of the Hill:

‘We hope that we will once again receive art, writing (creative or factual, poetry or prose), photography and creative responses of all kinds to the story of King Maine. Submissions last time came from all over the world and from people aged 3 to 100 year old. We would love to have that diversity again.  We will also be announcing details of our new programme for schools based on the archaeology of the site in the next few weeks.The anthology will be launched on Bilberry Sunday 30th July in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Submissions should reach us by 5th May.

Terms and Conditions:

We are accepting poetry and writing (fact or fiction) up to a maximum of 1500 words and artworks of any media. The only restriction is that it is your own original work.

You can enter from wherever you are in the world, by post or by email.

Artworks sent by post should not exceed A4 in size.

Please send all submissions to:

Creative Ardagh,
Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre,
Ardagh,
Co. Longford.

Email applications to: creativeardagh@gmail.com

Closing Date for applications: 5th May 2017

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

One of the newer poetry prizes that's free to enter.
No mention of the judge or whether it's anonymously judged.

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 
2nd prize €300.  
3rd prize €200. 

Deadline: 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from www.waterfordcouncil.ie and www.waterfordarts.com

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Cúirt Festival of International Literature

If you're going to Galway for the Cuirt festival, check out the New Writers showcase.

This year’s Cúirt Over The Edge New Writing Showcase features three participants from the Over the Edge literary series in Galway – Rena Garrett, Eileen P Keane, & Una Mannion – and Paul Bregazzi, the winner of the Cúirt New Writing Poetry Prize 2016. The MC for the event will be regular Over The Edge host Susan Millar DuMars. It takes place on Wednesday, April 26th, 3pm, at The Town Hall Theatre

Entry is free of charge. All welcome.

Rena Garrett is a graduate MA in Writing student in NUIG. She has also participated in poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre. Her poetry has been published in The Moth Magazine, and Spontaneity.org and was shortlisted for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Short Story Competition 2016. Rena was a Featured Reader at the August 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Eileen P Keane is from North Connemara, Co. Galway. She last year completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  Eileen has written and performed for theatre and stage and her CD Spaces was released in 2014. She writes Poetry, Memoir and non-fiction. She is also a Singer/Songwriter and has performed at the: Electric Picnic, Lunasa Festival Sligo, and at the Clifden Arts Festival. Her songs have featured on RTE Radio and Television. Her poems appear in the latest edition of the Galway Review and her Flash Fiction was shortlisted for Allingham Festival 2015. Eileen was a Featured Reader at the March 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Una Mannion teaches Performing Arts in IT Sligo. In March 2016, her poetry was published in the New Irish Writing page in The Irish Times and her fiction was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize. She won the Yeats' Society's Seamus Heaney Prize and came second place in Dromineer Flash Fiction 2015. She has been shortlisted in the Listowel, Bridport, Fish Memoir and other competitions. She recently completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway. She lives in Sligo with her husband and three children.  Una was a Featured Reader at the May 2016 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Una won the Emerging Poetry Award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards and is also the winner of the Fiction section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize.


Paul Bregazzi is a Special Needs Teacher in West Dublin. His poetry has appeared widely and been anthologised on both sides of the Atlantic in Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, Skylight 47, Southword, The Stinging Fly, Magma (U.K),  Fields Magazine (Univ of Texas at Austin), The French Literary Review (Fr),  Thema (U.S.), The Ofi Press (Mexico). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport prize, the RSPB/Rialto Nature Poetry Competition and The Haiku Foundation U.S. Touchstone Awards. He won 2nd place in Magma (U.K.) Editors’ Short Poetry Prize and the Oliver Goldsmith International Poetry Competition. He is co-founder of the Dublin poetry group Listeners and was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introduction Series 2015. Paul is the winner of the poetry section in this year’s Cúirt New Writing Prize

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bread and Roses Poetry Competition

This Award is a bit different from the usual - might spark some interesting poetry. And it appears to be free. And it's anonymised, which is always a good thing.

Culture Matters is pleased to announce a new poetry award, sponsored by Unite the Union.
Bread and Roses Poetry Award, and is now open for submissions.
The purpose of the new award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to enable those communities to engage more with poetry. 

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100.

The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite.

Entry is free, and open to everyone regardless of trade union membership.
  • Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not have been previously published in print or online. 
  • Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.
Poems should be sent via email to info@culturematters.org.uk
or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 31st May 2017.
Entries will be anonymised before judging, and the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at a Unite conference in Durham in July.
When emailing or posting submissions please provide your name, email or postal address, and phone number.
All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish and/or broadcast them online and in other media.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Residency in Florence

It may be worthwhile becoming a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre if you'd like to apply for a residency in Florence.

The Irish Writers Centre is continuing to develop its links with Italy and we are delighted to announce a one-week residency with St Mark's in Florence this autumn from 29 September – 6 October 2017. 
While the successful applicant must cover their own transport and living expenses, they will have the chance to reside in the beautiful hospitality apartment adjoining St Mark's English Church in the heart of Florence. During their stay they will be expected take part in a public reading, as well as meeting with the local writing community. 
To apply, send the following to Valerie Bistany, director@writerscentre.ie with St Mark's Florence Residency in the subject line:
  1. A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words or between 4- 6 poems).
  4. Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.
Collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.  
At present, this residency is open only to professional members of the Irish Writers Centre. To become a professional member, please see the Professional Member section of their website
Deadline for applications is Friday 28 Apriat 5pm.  If places are still available after this date, we will advertise the call publicly.
The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1 June 2017.
 St Mark's Florence