Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Stony Thursday Submissions

The imaginatively named poetry magazine based in Limerick is looking for submissions.
The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and this year it will be published as part of Cuisle, Limerick City's International Poetry Festival 15th to 18th October 2014

This year's editor is poet Peter Sirr.
Submissions are being sought in both English and Irish.  

How to Submit:
Send no more than 6 poems.
Write your name and address on each page for hardcopies.

Send poems to:
The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick
Please mark your envelope: The Stony Thursday Book
Or by email:, reference ‘TSTB 2014’ in your subject line

Deadline: Friday 8th August 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

Irish Times Short Story Competition

This summer, The Irish Times is running a series of eight short stories on the general theme This Means War. The context is the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, but the stories may or may not refer to it. The theme is open to whatever interpretation the author wishes to place on it - an idea of conflict being the one obvious point of reference. The last story in the series will be chosen through a competition among readers.

Writers, whether new or established, are invited to submit a story on the theme This Means War.

** Personally I find this a difficult theme to write to.
The story, which should be between 1,500 and 2,800 words must be an original work and never previously published.  

The competition will be judged by the distinguished authors Aifric Campbell, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and Donal Ryan.

Prize: The winner will be published in The Irish Times and the winning author will recieve €400 and an original artwork by Brendon Deasy. 

Entries will be accepted in digital form and through e-mail only at
Hard copies will not be considered.

Deadline: midnight on August 8th. 

Free to enter

Link here

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Southword journal Submissions

Southword is now accepting submissions of poetry in English,
and short stories and poetry as Gaeilge.

Submitting via Submittable (formerly Submishmash) is quick, easy and free! The only details you are required to provide is your name and email address. The advantage to using this site is that submitters will now be able to check the status of their submission, seeing easily for themselves whether their work has been accepted or declined. To send poetry or short stories to Southword Journal Online, click here to go to Southword's Submittable page.

There is a strict submission limit of six poems or two short fiction pieces of 3000 words each. Authors are paid €30 per poem and/or €120 per story published in Southword Journal.

More details here

Check previous journals for an idea of what they're looking for.

Deadline: 15th September

Update: Per facebook, it's 31st July

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival and Poetry Competition 2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival will be the weekend of Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 October. The LitLab group of writers are again hosting a weekend of readings, workshops, open mic session, battle of the writers groups and a poetry competition.

Visiting poets include Nerys Williams, the Welsh poet, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas and Prof. Iggy McGovern, poet and physicist. The venues will include the town library in the old Market Square and local bars and restaurants. In conjunction with the poetry festival there will be an art exhibition  in the arts space of the library featuring the work of artist and poet, Róisín Duffy.

2014 Poetry Prize: Full details are on the website.

Closing date for entry is Friday 26 September 2014.

First prize of €250 for winning poem with 2nd and 3rd prizes also to be awarded.

Each poem must not exceed 50 lines, and should be typed, single-spaced.
Up to three poems may be submitted per entry.
A fee of €5 per entry (3 poems) is payable.

The judging panel this year is chaired by Michael Farry, assisted by Máiréad Donnellan and Paddy Smith.

All shortlisted poems will be featured at a reading at Bailieborough Poetry Festival on Saturday 11 October 2014, and authors will be invited to attend.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The 2014 Plunkett Short Story Award

Prizes: First Prize: €2,000 / Second Prize: €1,000 / Third Prize: €500

There is no restriction on theme or genre. Entrants are simply asked to recall Plunkett's skill as a social commentator when writing.

Closing date: Friday,12 September 2014

Entries should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words

Post to: The Irish Writers' Union, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

There is no limit on the number of submissions an entrant can make. Fee: €10 per submission. Please make cheques payable to the Irish Writers' Union. 

A long list of 30 entries will be published on the website of the Irish Writers' Union before the winning entrants will be selected.

For more details, please visit 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Boyne Berries Submissions

The Boyne Writers Group publish 'Boyne Berries', a journal of poetry and prose, twice a year in March and September. 

Boyne Berries 16 & 17 Submission Period Saturday 07th June 2014 – Saturday 2nd August 2014
Issue 16 will be published in September 2014.

Read the rules before submitting. If you don't adhere to them, it's just a waste of everyone's time.

Poetry: Send no more than three poems. Each poem should be 60 lines or under.

Prose: Stories etc should be under 1500 words. Send no more than two prose pieces.

Poems and prose should be original, previously unpublished and not currently

submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Check latest information

Friday, 11 July 2014

Poems on a Beermat

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2014

Entries are invited for an Open Poetry Competition on the theme of Light

Deadline: July 30th 2014.

There will be a prize of £200 for the best poem submitted, with discretionary second and third place awards of £50 and £25 if the quality of entries merits them.
Ten short-listed poems will be printed on to beermats and placed in pubs in Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages for the duration of the 2014 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival (September 1st-20th).
Poems must therefore be short - there is a strict limit of 12 lines.
All shortlisted poets will receive 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.

The adjudicator of the competition will be poet Martin Malone.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems

Contact: Please send your entries together with your entry fee (details) and full contact details to: Dawn Gorman, ABR House, Prospect Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8QA.

For more details about Bradford on Avon Arts Festival, go to