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.

American poet Sandra Beasley is the 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow. The fellowship is very kindly funded by University College Cork and an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre. There is the opportunity for two Cork poets to be mentored by Ms. Beasley between February and April of this year. Each poet will benefit from a weekly two-hour contact session with Ms Beasley over eight weeks. 

To qualify you must be a poet resident in Cork City or resident in County Cork and engaging with the literary community of the city. You must have had at least four poems published in reputable literary journals. The mentorship is also open to authors with no more than one full-length collection already published who believe they can benefit from this opportunity.

Applicants should submit a single Word document divided into the following subheadings:

1) a letter outlining where you are currently with your writing and how you hope to benefit from a mentorship with Ms Beasley. (maximum 500 words) 

2) your literary resume (listing your publications/workshops attended/prizes/public readings etc.)    

3) sample/samples of your own writing not exceeding five poems in total.

Ms Beasley will choose the successful mentees from all valid applications received.

Deadline for applications is January 13th 2019.

Successful candidates will need to pay a deposit of €100, refundable upon completion of the mentorship and the submission of a written report of 300 words.

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