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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

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 All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only.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 29th 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.

9. 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 ).

10. If you need to withdraw a submitted poem/poems, please send a note to the editor via Submittable.

 

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

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).

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

The Frank  O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre calls for applications for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. The fellowship  is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council (the  municipal government). The fellowship follows on from the Frank O’Connor  International Short Story Award and further demonstrates the commitment of the  Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council to the international short story  community. Named for one of Cork’s most renowned writers, it acknowledges the  special place the short story form occupies in the cultural history and  contemporary practice of the city.

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  acquiring more experience in literary mentoring and teaching 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 €2500, totalling €7,500 and self-catering  accommodation. Economy flights between the author's country of residence and Cork will also be covered.

Duties of the  fellowship

The fellowship requires the writer to reside in Cork for  twelve weeks and find time to work on their own writing. The short story fellow  would arrive in September when they would contribute a public reading and a four-morning short story masterclass to the Cork International Short Story Festival.  During their twelve week stay they will provide  a 5-credit workshop with the creative writing department of University College Cork. Their mentoring duties will consist of devoting two hours each, per week, to two Cork writers over eight weeks (32 hours total).  They will  be welcomed into the literary 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 writer from outside Ireland of  international standing. 

Fellowship applications are invited from writers working  in English from outside Ireland. Writers who work in another language whose work  is freely available in English translation and who are fluent in English  themselves are also welcome to apply.

The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length  works of fiction published, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The successful candidate will be a writer respected by peers, with  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 short story workshop aimed at writers, some of whom might already have  periodical publication success. The workshop is to take place on four  consecutive mornings of the Cork International Short Story Festival involving  the same group each day. Shortisted authors may subsequently need to  supply copies of their books and submit to interview by Skype. 

Process of  Selection

A shortlist of up to four candidates  will be selected by the Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre and  subsequently assessed by a panel consisting of the Artistic Director of the  Munster Literature Centre, the head of creative writing at the School of English at University College Cork  and an Irish writer living in Cork. 


Deadline for  applications for the Autumn 2020 fellowship is February 29th 2020. The successful fellow will be  informed by the end of April. Replies to applicants will be made through submittable.


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