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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.

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Basher Reads Your Poetry

A Performance of New Poems by School Children in Cork City

For Cruinniú na nÓg 2022, the Munster Literature Centre is putting out the call for new poems by school children aged 9-12 in Cork City.

To take part, read the information provided below If you have any questions, get in touch with Kate Moore at operations@munsterlit.ie 

Submittable Help is the best source of assistance if you run into trouble with using the application.


A poetry reading of ten original poems by children’s favourite character Basher Bacon will be filmed and shared on the Munster Literature Centre website on 11th June 2022 for Cruinniú na nÓg. The poems will be selected from the submissions received from schools. All participating schools will be notified in advance with the time and weblink to tune in. The names and ages of the selected poets will be published in Basher’s film and they will receive a €25 book token.

If you are unacquainted with Basher Bacon, you can get to meet him on Youtube here: 


Please note:

· The responsibility to secure parental/guardian consent lies with the school.

· The copyright of any selected poem remains with the child but permission is granted to perform the poem in a specially commissioned short film, performed by Basher Bacon.

· When the ten poems for performance are selected, the relevant schools will be issued with a consent form template for parents to sign and to return to us.


1) Original poems by children aged 9-12 years will only be accepted from schools, not from individuals or families.

2) Each school may submit a maximum of twelve poems.

3) The poems submitted can be written on any theme.

4) Each poem must have the Child's name and age printed at its end.

5) Poems should have a maximum of twenty lines each.

6) Schools should submit all poems in one single Word document.

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