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Southword Literary Journal

Southword: New International Writing 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, 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) will be open as follows:

POETRY: December 1st, 2019 ‒ February 28th, 2020

FICTION: January 1st ‒ March 31st, 2020

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 to the print journal and to read online back-issues for free, please visit: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html

To purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 - #15) please visit our online bookstore: https://www.munsterlit.ie/Bookstore%20Southword%20Journals.html


To learn more about the Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in early summer: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

To learn more about the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, running in late autumn: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

Fellowships & Bursaries

To learn more about the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries: https://www.munsterlit.ie/foc%20fellowship.html

To learn more about the John Montague International Poetry Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries: http://munsterlit.ie/John%20Montague%20Fellowship.html

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system

E-mail support@submittable.com or visit their help centre: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter

A competition for original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500–5000 words.

We’re looking for personal essays which border on memoir – gripping essays full of memories and feelings. The best indicator of the kind of thing which interests us is what we have published in past issues of Southword; essays by Kim Addonizio, Sandra Beasley, Simon Van Booy, Carlo Geblér, Thomas Lynch and Anthony Walton.

Essays will be judged anonymously by editor Patrick Cotter.

Two essays will be chosen and published in Southword 39, Autumn 2020.

The winning authors will each receive a prize of €500.

Entries will be accepted through Submittable. Deadline June 30th 2020. Entry fee €10.

Essays should be submitted without the author's name in the manuscript.

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