Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Dublin Book Festival

There's lots going on at the Dublin Book Festival. Almost too much. And not all of it the same old faces and voices (although quite a lots I feel I've heard ad nauseum before TBH). Also the website I'm finding hard to navigate.

Here are some highlights but do have a look at the programme too.

Thurs 13 Nov / 6.30pm
Lines of Vision: Alex Barclay, Kevin Barry, John Boyne and Donal Ryan In Conversation with Seán Rocks 
The National Gallery of Ireland | €10 / €7 | BOOK NOW
Fri 14 Nov / 7.00pm
 Sun 16 Nov / 7.30pm
Irish Writers Centre | €10 
Bookings through the Irish Writers Centre

Monday, 27 October 2014

Penguin Ireland

A message from the new editor, Claire Hennessy at Penguin Ireland tells me to spread the word that they are actively seeking children’s and YA submissions at the moment, particularly fiction for 7+.

As with all submissions to publishers, agents or magazines, read the submission requirements very carefully and adhere to them to the letter.

We strongly encourage submissions via email, to:
If you wish to submit electronically, please send a Word document consisting of a cover letter, short synopsis (no more than 500 words) and the work itself. The cover letter should include a brief summary of your book (a couple of sentences – not a synopsis) and a short note on yourself. Please do not send separate documents: all three elements should be included in a single document.

More details here

Also do your homework, what else have they published recently?

So if you have something, buff it up and send it to Claire. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dublin Launch of Galway Magazine Skylight

As you may know the Galway launch of Skylight Issue 4 was a success. The poet Helen Mort, who launched the issue that evening, was very kind in her words of praise about the issue. There were quite a few readings by contributors and the editor, Nicki Griffin, finished the evening very fittingly by reading a poem by Kevin O'Shea, which is printed on the last page of the magazine. 

But they're not finished yet ... On November 15th at 12.30, in Pearse Street Library, they are having their Dublin launch. If you couldn't make the Galway launch, this is a great opportunity to join them and celebrate the release of the issue - and, very importantly, get your hands on a copy.
They hope to see as many of you as possible there!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! This is a prize for single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Munster Literature Centre. 
Note that this competition has a history of giving the prizes to international poets, often in the academic tradition. My own personal opinion. I'd love to win...
First prize is 1,000 Euro (on 7 October 2014 approx. USD 1263 or GBP 784), a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal
The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in February 2014. 
There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published and receive Southword’’s standard fee of E30.  (
Deadline 30 November 2014 
Judge is poet Matthew Sweeney 
More information, including submission guidelines, may be found on the websiteor via their Facebook group:

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dublin City Council Arts Grants

Dublin City Council invites applications for funding towards arts projects and programmes in the city which are complementary to the following objectives:

  • Stimulating public interest in the Arts,
  • Promoting knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or
  • Improving standards in the arts within its functional area (Dublin City)
** So nothing about supporting artists here specifically.

Application forms, guidelines and criteria may be obtained from:

City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley St., Dublin 1
Tel: 222 7843 
or E-mail:


Deadline: Monday 10th November 2014 at 5pm 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

2nd Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival

Great Line up at Cork's Winter Warmer Poetry Festival.

They didn't ask me though.

Details here

21st – 22nd November 2014

Ó Bhéal’s second Winter Warmer festival weekend. Over twenty excellent poets will read and perform in the amphitheatre at Sample Studios, some of whom will be accompanied by musicians. Snatch Comedy Improv will be performing a set of poetry-focused comedy games,Sawa-Le will be performing poetry-theatre, a selection of poetry-films from around the world will be presented by Malgorzata Kitowski (from PoetryFilm), and these will be followed with a judges selection from the 2014 Ó Bhéal poetry-film competition. There will also be a closed-mic for ten local poets.

Free Admission to all events.
Includes Eleanor Hooker,James Harper, Mary O'Donnell, Sarah Clancy, Thomas McCarthy,Louis de Paor, Alan Jude Moore, Paula Meehan

Friday, 17 October 2014

Donegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize

The Donegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize is in its third year.
Judge: Kate Newmann of Summer Palace Press 
Deadline: 14 November
Prize: €250 and perpetual Donegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Cup
Fineprint here

The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3. 
Entry fee: €5 (covers maximum entry of up to 3 poems)
I think an entry of 3 poems is a very good idea. One poem is such a lottery.
Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. 
Post entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2014, 54 Thornberry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. 

No on-line submissions so I would imagine the number of entries will be lower, greater chance of winning? A shortlist but only one prize.

A shortlist will be published on on North West Words’ Facebook page and at North West Words’ Christmas event in Café Blend mid-December. 
The winning poet will be notified on Thursday, 15 January 2015
The winner of the competition will be announced and prize awarded at North West Words in Café Blend, Letterkenny, on Thursday, 29 January 2015.