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€10.00 EUR

A competition for original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500–5000 words.


We’re looking for personal essays which border on memoir – gripping essays full of memories and feelings. The best indicator of the kind of thing which interests us is what we have published in past issues of Southword; essays by Kim Addonizio, Sandra Beasley, Simon Van Booy, Carlo Geblér, Thomas Lynch and Anthony Walton.


Essays will be judged anonymously by editor Patrick Cotter.

Two essays will be chosen and published in Southword 39, Autumn 2020.

The winning authors will each receive a prize of €500.

Entries will be accepted through Submittable. Deadline June 30th 2020. Entry fee €10.

Essays should be submitted without the author's name in the manuscript.

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