Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager


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 January 1st and March 15th 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 €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 and to read online back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal: 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


Competitions

To learn more about the Seán Ó 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 All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only.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 6 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 January 1st and March 15th 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 2 stories of 5000 words each per person.

3. We strongly recommend attaching each story as a separate document, maximum two stories. This enables you to withdraw an individual story if it is accepted elsewhere for publication. If a writer includes multiple stories within one document, and needs to withdraw one of them, they will need to go through the submission process again to omit the relevant story. 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 15th 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 ).

10. If you need to withdraw a submitted story/stories, please send a note to the editor via Submittiable.
 

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

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