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Southword Literary Journal

Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published every spring and autumn by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Kim Addonizio, Tess Gallagher, Colm Tóibín and Vona Groarke. Our spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O'Donoghue and Seán O'Faoláin competitions, as well as specially commissioned work. Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction (for our autumn issue) are open as follows:

POETRY: December 1st, 2021 ‒ February 28th, 2022

FICTION: January 1st ‒ March 31st, 2022

Southword pays contributors €40 per poem and €250 per short story. Payment to writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad must accept payment through PayPal.

Subscribe, buy individual issues, and read online back-issues on our Southword page.

Purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 - #15) at our bookstore.


Learn more about the Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition (open from 1st May to 31st July annually).

Learn more about the Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition (open from 1st June to 31st August annually).

To learn more about the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition (open from 1st September to 30th November annually).

Fellowships & Bursaries

Learn more about the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries.

Learn more about the John Montague International Poetry Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries.

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system

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