Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Iron Mountain Literature Festival - John McGahern Award


As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival, Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre have developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.

The recipient of the Award will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €500. 

This is an open call to emerging writers of fiction resident in the Republic of Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

Deadline: 5pm, 31 July, 2017.

The recipient of the award will be publicly announced on Saturday 7th October 2017 during the Iron Mountain Literature Festival at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon.

Link here

Third Annual Metro Éireann Intercultural Writing Competition

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics, invites young writers living in Ireland to submit original works of writing to its third annual intercultural writing competition.
Writers between the ages of 14 and 21 – immigrants and non-immigrants – are encouraged to enter submissions that explore the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland. There is no submission fee.
Prizes. €3200 will be awarded in three categories during a ceremony on August 4, 2017. There will be: 
- An ages 14-17 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
- An ages 18-21 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
- An ages 14-21 Spirit of Intercultural Ethics winner (€800)
Winning entries may also be published in Metro Éireann.

Deadline: July 30, 2017

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Submissions may take one of three forms: 
- A short story (2,000 words maximum)
- A novel extract (2,000 words maximum)
- A selection of poetry (5 poems maximum)
Submissions must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and sent to info@metroeireann.com with the entrant’s full name and the word ‘Submissions’ in the subject line. Submissions should also include a cover page that provides the entrant’s personal information (name, age, address, telephone number) and details about their work (age category, title).
Judges will determine winners according to the following list of criteria:
- Engagement with themes of ethics and intercultural diversity
- Creativity and originality
- Organization and structure
- Impact on the reader
- Initiative of beginning writers

Friday, 7 July 2017

Words By Water competitions

Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water competitions.

Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com
Deadline: 31st August

Short Story Competition
Submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Sarah Moore Fitzgerald.
Prize: 1st Prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.
Fee: Payment of €12 per entry :

Seem quite a steep entry fee for a small-ish prize

Poetry Competition
Submit up to three poems, up to a maximum of 30 lines, for consideration by judge Niall MacMonagle.
Prize: 1st Prize is €150 plus publication in the Evening Echo,
Fee: Payment of €6 per entry (max of 3 per person) :

again, quite steep for a small prize​​

Terms and conditions:
  • The competition is open to people of 16 years and older.
  • Competition is open internationally.
  • Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
  • The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.
  • Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday October 5, 2017, however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.
Link here

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Skylight 47 Issue 9 Submissions

The Galway based magazine goes from strength to strength. Call for submissions now for Issue 9.

Our next issue will be launched in Autumn 2017.
Deadline midnight 1 August.
Please send up to three poems, along with a short biographical note (max 60 words), to skylightpoets47@gmail.com

Work should be unpublished.
Poems to be no longer than 40 lines.
Please send your poems both as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf) and in the body of the email.
The editors are also looking for original artwork. We will be featuring one artist in each issue, publishing four or five pieces. If you would like to be this artist, please email your work during the submission window.

Contributors will receive one copy of the magazine.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition.
This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, renowned poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition.
Download the Entry Form in Word format and the Competition Rules in Word format. Download the Entry Form in PDF and the Competition Rules in PDF.

Deadline: Friday 11th August 2017.

Red Line Poetry Competition Rules

• The winners of this competition will receive the following prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200 3rd Place €100
• A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted.
• Poems should be in English and be a maximum of 40 lines (not including the title and spaces between stanzas).
• Each entered poem, including its title, should be typed single-spaced in a standard 12 point font on one side of a single A4 sheet. No fancy/coloured/oversized fonts or images please!
• All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
• The competition is open to anyone living on the island of Ireland.
• Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published either in print or on a website, not be currently submitted or accepted for future publication. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in another competition.
Entrants must not have published a full collection of poems at the time of entry.
• Only hard copy entries will be accepted. Please retain a copy, as entries cannot be returned.
• Please complete the entry form (available to download from www.redlinebookfestival.ie) and send it along with a stamped self-addressed envelope and your poem/s to:

Red Line Poetry Competition
South Dublin Library HQ
Unit 1
The Square Industrial Complex
Tallaght
Dublin 24


Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Ogham Stone 2018

The Ogham Stone is a Journal of Literature and Arts produced by the MA Students of English & Creative Writing at University of Limerick.
The 2018 issue is now accepting submissions of unpublished work from both Irish and international writers and artists. They consider fiction, poetry,  creative non-fiction, and memoir, as well as visual arts/photography.

Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 31st August 2017.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All submissions must be emailed to oghamstoneul@gmail.com. Submissions should be attached to your email.
  • All written work should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (set in Times New Roman, 12 point). The file name should be your surname and initial(s) (e.g.  Smith J).
  • Please indicate in the subject line of the email what category your submission falls into (poetry, fiction, CNF etc).
  • Include a 150-word biography in the body of the email, along with a contact email address. 
  • Authors and artists are asked to submit pieces of work separately for each category (i.e. one email containing a poem, another for prose).
  • Individuals may submit up to 4 pieces in total but may submit across all categories.
  • Prose must not exceed 2,000 words in length.
  • Poetry should be submitted in the format in which you wish it to appear on the page; individual poems should not exceed 50 lines.
  • We cannot accept work that has been previously published (including on personal blogs) and prefer not to receive work currently being reviewed elsewhere
Link here

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

11 literature mentoring relationships

Words Ireland is offering 11 literature mentoring relationships in 2017, six of which are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Words Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from experienced and established writer-mentors working in the areas of adult fiction, children’s/YA fiction and/or poetry to undertake the mentoring of writers of promise who are working in the same forms.
We are also are also seeking writers of adult fiction, YA fiction, children’s fiction and poetry to apply for mentoring support under our National Mentoring Programme.
There are a total of 11 mentee opportunities open to writers resident in any county in Ireland, north or south of the border.
Deadline 10 July 2017.

More information here