Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager.

You'll find information below about Southword Journal,

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 mid-January and March 30th 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. 

Southword  pays contributors €50 per poem and €150 per short story. Payment to    writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad  must   accept payment through Paypal.

To read online back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal at: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html

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

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

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

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail (support@submittable.com) or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.

10,000 -15,000 words which can consist of a novella, a long short story, several short stories or a collection of flash fiction or a mix of stories and flash.   

Stories can have been published previously in anthologies or in web or print journals, but not in a stand-alone publication by the author.   

Two winning manuscripts will be selected, Best International Entry and Best Irish Entry.   The winning chapbooks will be published and made available internationally through Amazon. Winning authors will receive advances of 250 euro each and twenty copies of their chapbook. The finished publications will be (along with preliminary pages) between 32-45 pages in length.  

Deadline for receipt of entries is October 31st 2018. Winners will be announced by January 31st. 2019. Winning chapbooks will be published by April 30th 2019.  

There is a 25 euro entry fee. Entries will be accepted through Southword’s submittable portal only.  

Nothing to identify the author must be included in the submitted manuscript document. All information about the contents’ previous periodical publication etc. will not be needed until the manuscript is selected for publication.  

Authors are advised that the finished publications will not include illustrations.  All entries will be read and judged anonymously by Southword Editions editor Patrick Cotter.

Submitted manuscripts can be in PDF, WORD or RTF format.

The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to  announce an initiative aimed at benefiting poets: The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship. The fellowship  is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of University College Cork. The fellowship acknowledges the special place of poetry in the cultural history and contemporary practice of Cork City. The Munster Literature Centre hosts the largest annual poetry festival in Ireland.

Benefits of  the fellowship to the successful writer

The successful fellow would benefit from the prestige of  receiving a highly competitive international literary award which will not only  allow the candidate to spend time concentrating on their own work but also to acquire experience in literary mentoring and the teaching of writing in an academic context. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be inspired by living in one of Europe’s oldest cities, with a well-developed cultural infrastructure and a thriving literary community. The successful fellow would receive a monthly stipend of €2000, totalling €6,000 and self-catering  accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be  covered.

Duties of the  fellowship

The fellowship requires the poet to reside in Cork for  twelve weeks and find time to work on their own writing. The poetry fellow would arrive in late January and depart late April. The fellow would contribute a public reading and a four-morning poetry masterclass to the Cork International Poetry Festival.  During their twelve week stay they would provide  a 5-credit workshop with the creative writing department of University College Cork. Their mentoring duties would consist of devoting two hours each, per week, to two Cork poets over eight weeks (32 hours total). They will  be welcomed into the literary and social life of the city where they will have the opportunity to network with resident established writers. They would present a  farewell public reading at the Boole Library of University College  Cork.

Criteria for  Selection

The recipient would be a poet from outside Ireland of international standing. 

Fellowship applications are invited from poets working in English from outside Ireland.

The Poetry Fellow must have at least two full-length collections of poetry published. The successful candidate will be a poet respected by peers and preferably has experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops  and/or mentoring, inside or outside a formal academic setting.

Submission Guidelines

Candidates  must supply through Submittable a single Word document consisting of a literary  CV, a letter explaining why they want to work in Cork, and a course outline for a four morning poetry masterclass aimed at poets who have already been successfully published in  periodicals. The masterclass is to take place on four consecutive mornings of the Cork International Poetry Festival involving  the same group each day. The dates for the 2019 festival are March 27th to 30th. Shortisted poets may subsequently need to  supply copies of their books and submit to interview by Skype. 

Process of  Selection

A shortlist of up to a dozen candidates  will be selected by the Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre and subsequently assessed by a panel consisting of Patrick Cotter, the Artistic Director of the  Munster Literature Centre, poet Leanne O'Sullivan of the School of English at University College Cork  and another person appointed by Patrick Cotter. Four to six candidates will then be selected for interview. 

Deadline for  applications for the Spring 2019 fellowship is July 31st 2018. Interviews should take place in late September. 

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