Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager

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.

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system

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1. All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable. Submissions cannot be accepted by post or email.

2. There is a strict submission limit of 4 poems per person. More than one live submission by the same person will lead to just one being read and the others rejected unread.

3. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks. The file should include your name and email address at the end. The file name should include your surname, e.g. 4poemsJones.docx 

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

5. 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.

6. Poems are considered between December 1st and February 28th each year for our September 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.

7. Authors are paid €40 per poem 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 ).

8. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please inform us by a note to the editor via Submittable, if a submitted poem has been accepted elsewhere. Withdraw your submission entirely if it is no longer available for consideration.

9. If you your work has been previously selected from an unsolicited submission and published in Southword, 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

The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for the economically disadvantaged. Individuals who identify as working-class, minority ethnic, disabled and LGBTQIA are especially welcome to apply for places, although places may not be offered exclusively to such candidates. Applicants must be unwaged, with no income, or receiving social welfare payments.

Aside from the above conditions, an eligible candidate must have published a poem on at least two occasions in a poetry/literary journal. They must be over 18 years of age. They must be actually resident in Munster (not merely be able to provide a Munster address). 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 six of their best poems and a biographical note/ literary CV which fits on one page, and complete the accompanying form. Read through the form before completing your documents for upload. Deadline for applications December 15th 2021.

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