The Munster Literature Centre

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You'll find information below about Southword Journal,

Southword Literary Journal

Southword Journal is the literary journal published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Tess Gallagher, Colm Toibín and Vona Groarke. Poems and prose (in English and Irish) are considered between mid-January and March 15th each year for our summer issue. Poems in English are considered between July and September 15th for our winter issue; poetry, prose and literary criticism in Irish is also accepted during this time. From May through July, fiction writers may submit their work to the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, the winners of which will be published in Southword Journal.

Because Southword writers are paid, the amount of articles, poems etc. published is limited by budget. The managing editor has a large panel of reviewers to draw on and cannot consider unsolicited reviews. Publishers should take note that Southword’s limited review space is almost exclusively reserved for books by Munster-born and resident authors and books by other authors cannot be considered. We also regret we cannot guarantee to publish reviews of all Munster-interest books submitted. Munster authors who would like to be reviewed in Southword can email a query letter to reviews editor Patrick Cotter at director(AT) . Please do not send in your book until asked to by the editor.

Southword pays contributors €30 per poem and €120 per short story. Payment to writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad must accept payment through Paypal.

To read back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal at:

To purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 - #15) please visit our online bookstore:

To learn more about the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, running in late autumn, visit

To learn more about the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in spring/summer, visit

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail ( or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.