The Munster Literature Centre

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Southword Literary Journal

Southword Journal is a print 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. Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction are considered between January 1st and March 15th each year for our Autumn issue. Our Spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O'Donoghue and Sean O'Faolain competitions, as well as specially commissioned work.

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.

To subscribe and to read online back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal:

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


To learn more about the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in early summer:

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

Fellowships & Bursaries

To learn more about the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries:

To learn more about the John Montague International Poetry Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries:

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system

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