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Southword Literary Journal

Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published twice a year 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, 2022 ‒ February 28th, 2023

FICTION: January 1st ‒ March 31st, 2023

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

Subscribe or buy individual issues here.


Other opportunities for publications, mentorships, readings and more will appear here periodically throughout the year.


Annual Competitions

Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition (open for entries 1st May to 31st July).

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition (open for entries 1st June to 31st August).

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition (open for entries 1st September to 30th November).


Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system

E-mail support@submittable.com or visit their help centre.

1. All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only.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 4 poems per person.
3. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.
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.
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 poem will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the poem's page itself.
8. Poems are considered between December 1st and February 28th each year for our Autumn/Winter issue. PLEASE NOTE 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. The March issue of Southword publishes poems selected through the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition.
9. Authors are paid €40 per poem published in Southword. If the writer lives outside of Ireland, they will be paid by PayPal. If the writer lives in Ireland they will be paid by bank transfer.
10. If you need to withdraw a submitted poem/poems, please send a note to the editor via Submittable.
11. 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 publications(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at third level.

They must be over 18 years of age. They must be resident in the Republic of Ireland. The working language of the workshops will be English. On offer is a series of six, weekly, 90 minute, Zoom-delivered, workshops beginning in February. Applicants will need a good internet connection to participate. The workshops will be given by the poet Patrick Cotter. www.patrickcotter.ie

Workshops will be on a week-day evening on six consecutive weeks 7.00-8.30pm.

Industry average tuition fees of €120-€250 will be waived but successful candidates will be expected to subscribe to Southword (at a cost of €20). Participants will receive complementary copies of two issues of the literary journal Cyphers (valued at €14) and two recent collections of poetry (valued at €25). A maximum of eight places are on offer.

The six workshops will be on the following topics:

1) Purging clichés and heightening the music of language in your poems.

2) Revising first drafts, with examples by Seamus Heaney and others.

3) Generating new poems by ekphrasis.

4) Writing the persona poem.

5) Exploration of a number of different exercises and strategies for generating new poems.

6) Awareness of the literary marketplace, the preparation of manuscripts and submissions.

Applicants must submit in a single file, six of their best poems and a one-page letter which outlines how they believe they can benefit from this opportunity. The must also complete  the accompanying form. Read through the form before completing your documents for upload. Deadline for applications December 31st 2022

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