Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wild Words Children's Literature Festival

There's a competition for young writers,   ages 14-18.

Wild Words Children's Literature Festival - Calling All Young Writers

Deadline: 3 June 2016

Prizes: Publication and a free two-day writing master class at the festival in Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim on Sat 13 & Sun 14 August 2016.

Email your short story or poem to There is no entry fee or limit to the number of entries. 
Festival programme is still pending on the website here

Monday, 23 May 2016

Cill Rialaig residency

Cill Rialaig arts centre in Co Kerry is more aimed at visual artists but some writers do visit. There is a call currently from the Irish Writers Centre but I do believe you can apply separately, for instance if the dates don't suit. It's very beautiful, by all accounts, but pretty remote.

The Irish Writers residencies are now open for applications to seven writers for a ten-day period from 21–31 October. The seven residencies are offered all-inclusively free of charge (the IWC will cover the utility charge for each of the seven houses). Expenses incurred by the selected writers will be food and travel. In addition, the writers are requested to put aside approximately 2 hours at the start and the end of the residency to come together in the Seannachai's house to meet and discuss a programming or development idea that the IWC might undertake in the future. Details to be finalised in due course.

To see the beautiful and inspiring landscape of Cill Rialaig click here 

At present, this residency is open only to professional members of the Irish Writers Centre which costs €50.

Deadline Wednesday 1 June at 5pm.
Link here

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Residency in Florence

The Irish Writers Centre is continuing to develop its links with Italy and are offering the chance for a one-week residency with St Mark's English Church in Florence this autumn from 1–8 October.

While the successful applicant must cover their own transport and living expenses, they will have the chance to reside in a beautiful apartment adjoining St Mark's English Church in the heart of Florence. During their stay they will be expected take part in a public reading, as well as meeting with the local writing community. 

At present, this residency is open only to professional members of the Irish Writers Centre which costs €50. 

Deadline Wednesday 1 June at 5pm

Link here

Note: You may be able to apply for a Arts Council travel grant to cover some of the costs.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition

The Boyle Arts Festival is holding a poetry competition which will take place as part of its summer 2016 programme.

Fee: €5 per poem
Deadline; 30th June

You can find entry forms for the competition and more information about the competition at

It's snail mail currently so may have fewer entries (and subsequently a higher chance of winning...just saying)

Prizes: €250 first prize plus 2 x €50 highly commended

Poems will be judged by Ross Donlon

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Wexford Literary Festival: 27-29 May

Wexford Festival tickets are on sale now.


Following each talk or panel discussion, there will be a chance to meet the speakers, with a book signing, hosted by Byrnes Bookstores.

Friday 27th May 

Open Mic Night
8pm, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy
An evening of song, prose, poetry & drama from some of Wexford’s best loved artists.
Tickets €5 at door

Saturday 28th May
Registration 9.00 – 10.00
Author Talk, Historical Fiction With Hazel Gaynor
One Foot In The Past: The challenges and joys of writing historical fiction set in the 19th and 20th centuries.

10.15 – 11.30
Industry Experts Q&A – Demystifying the Publishing World With Carmel Harrington, Madeleine Keane, Margaret Madden, Mary McCauley, Claire Hennessy
Our panel of experts include authors, a literary editor, publisher, editor, proofreader and book reviewer! Between them, they will take you on a journey, on what to expect from writing a novel to publication.

11.30 – 12.45
Author Panel Discussion – The Debut Novelists With Cat Hogan, Joan Brady, Frankie Gaffney, Catherine Ryan Howard, Caroline Busher
Meet the new faces of fiction as they give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to publish their debut novel. Cat Hogan is an author with Poolbeg Press and is represented by Trace Literary Agency.

12.45 – 2.00

2.00 – 3.00
Author Panel Discussion – YA/Children’s Fiction With Claire Hennessy, E. R. Murray, Ruth Frances Long
Children’s and YA fiction has never been more popular. Our panel will answer your questions about what it’s like to write in this genre and also discuss their own work.

3.15 – 4.15
Author Panel Discussion – Crime Fiction With Jax Miller, Ava McCarthy, Andrea Carter
Join our all-star panel where they will share insights into the dark world of Irish crime fiction writing.

4.30 – 5.30
Author Panel Discussion – Self Publishing With Carolann Copland, Pat Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Davis, Karen Power
Two of the biggest challenges for self-publishing authors are marketing and distribution. Our panel of experts have successfully navigated their way through self publishing and are here to answer to share their considerable knowledge.

10.30 – 11.30
Children’s Workshop – Time Travel Through Ireland aimed at ages 9 years old + With author E. R. Murray Go on a journey through Ireland’s history visiting the Celt, Viking, Victorian, Georgian eras. Find out some gruesome & shocking facts and learn how these eras shaped modern Ireland. Then, help the authors create a time machine to return to present day: the authors will also read from their books and leave time for questions.
This event is FREE. Book your place early to avoid disappointment, directly with Enniscorthy Library.

Sunday 29th May
The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy Colm Tóibin International Short Story Award
1916 Poem for Enniscorthy Award
All shortlisted entries to both awards are invited to afternoon tea at the historic Athenaeum, where the winners will be announced.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Skylight 47 submissions

Skylight 47 is seeking submissions of poems and original artwork from Ireland and abroad for its next issue. Skylight 47 is a poetry magazine in newspaper format, and is published twice a year. Issue 7 will be launched in Autumn 2016.
Deadline: 1st June 2016

Please send up to four poems, both as a single attachment (.doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf) and in the body of the email, along with a short biographical note (max 60 words), to
Works should be previously unpublished.  Poems to be no longer than 40 lines.

Contributors will receive one copy of the magazine and an invitation to read at the launch. The editors are Bernie Crawford, Ruth Quinlan, Marie Cadden and Nicki Griffin.

More about the magazine can be found at

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Wigtown Poetry Competition

Scotland’s international poetry prize in association with The Scottish Poetry Library

The 2016 Wigtown Poetry Competition is now open for entries.  You can enter online here

Deadline for entries is 27th May 2016

Established in 2005, the Wigtown Poetry Competition offers a first prize of £2,000. 
Entry is open to writers from the UK and abroad writing in English, while there are also dedicated categories for Scots Language and Gaelic.

This year’s judges are John Glenday (Main Prize), Catriona Lexy Campbell (Gaelic) and Sheila Templeton (Scots).

The competition event, which will include the announcement of the winners, readings of the victorious poems and contributions from the judges will take place during Wigtown Book Festival (23rd September to 2 October 2016).

Entry Fees: £6.50 for first poem
Multiple entries: the first three poems cost a total of £17.00.
For more entries and full rules, see the Festival website