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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


Competitions

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A competition for original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500–5000 words.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

1. All stories must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only. Submissions cannot be accepted by post or email.

2. There is a strict submission limit of 1 story of up to 5000 words per person.

3. If you need to withdraw a submitted story, please send a note to the editor via Submittiable. No requests for edits will be possible after the submission deadline passes.

4. Work should be submitted in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf.

5. If submitting poems and prose simultaneously, they will be considered by different editors at different times, so to be sure of a response please submit separately, via the appropriate Submittable category. Southword is not currently considering unsolicited submissions of non-fiction or memoir.

6. When Submittable prompts you to type a 'cover letter', please include an up-to-date biographical note and contact details including an email address.

7. Works of translation where the original author is still in copyright will require the bios of both the original author and the translator. On the Southword contents page, the story will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the story's page itself.

8. Short stories are considered between January 1st and March 31st each year for our September issue. After the close of the submission date the editors will make their selection. Submittable will notify you as to the success of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to 10 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision. From April through July, fiction writers may submit their work to the Seán Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition, the winners of which will be published in the March issue of Southword.

9. Authors are paid €250 per story published in Southword. If the writer lives outside of Ireland, they will be paid by PayPal. (Information on how to set up a PayPal account: http://www.paypal.com).

 10. If you your work has been selected from an unsolicited submission and published in Southword before, we ask that you please wait two years before submitting again. 

Any questions regarding these guidelines can be sent to the Publications Officer at info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

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