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Cork International Poetry Festival Updates

 

Paul Durcan is unable to attend as previously advertised. This 7pm event on Saturday 23rd has been cancelled.

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Pascale Petit is unable to attend as previously advertised. However, we are happy to say that Thomas Lynch will now be reading in her place on Thursday 21st at 10pm.

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Marie Howe is unable to attend as previously advertised. However, we are happy to say that Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Leanne O'Sullivan will now be reading in her place on Saturday 23rd at 4pm.

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Ciaran Carson is unable to attend as previously advertised. However, we are happy to say that Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will now be reading alongside David Harsent on Friday 22nd at 10pm.

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Karen McCarthy Woolf is unable to attend as previously advertised. However, we are happy to say that Theo Dorgan will now be reading alongside Sasha Dugdale on Friday 22nd at 8.30pm.

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Event added at 7pm, March 20th at ABC Edulibrary;
Polish reading by Tomasz Różycki

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The winner of the inaugural Farmgate Café National Poetry Award will be announced at the opening event on Tuesday 19th at 6.30pm.

Tickets are free but limited. Book here.

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Southword Submission Deadline 15th March - UPDATE

We received a notice this morning that we have passed our submission limit on Submittable. This is the first time this has happened, and shows how popular Southword has become. Unfortunately, this means that submissions have automatically been closed early. If we wanted to keep using Submittable for the rest of today we would have to double our annual subscription fee to Submittable, which is unfeasible given our current budget (particularly when we are trying to keep submissions charge-free). 

We are making  exceptions to subscribers of Southword – subscribers can submit a late submission with the email headline ‘Southword Late’ to staff1@munsterlit.ie up until midnight on March 15th.

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Gregory O'Donoghue Prize Results

The winning and shortlisted poems will be featured in issue 36 of Southword, launching on March 23rd at the Cork International Poetry Festival,
and can be purchased here.

 

First Prize

Argument of Situations by Shangyang Fang (Austin TX, USA)

Shangyang Fang

 

Second Prize

László Kovács and His Sons Cross the Border by Ron Carey (Dublin, Ireland)

Ron Carey

 

Third Prize

At the Torturers’ Convention by Chloe Wilson (Victoria, Australia)

Chloe Wilson

Read about the winners, shortlisted poets and commended poets here

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Southword Fiction Chapbook Prize Results

The two winning chapbooks will be published in autumn 2019.

Best International Chapbook

A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner ( Yakima, WA USA)

Jill Widner

 

Best Irish Chapbook

It's Not Me It's You by Brian Kirk ( Dublin, Ireland)

Brian Kirk

Read about the winners here

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Prebooked Poetry Introductions Readers

The Prebooked Poetry Introductions is an opportunity for poets who have yet to publish a chapbook or full-length collection of poems to read three poems in an eight-minute reading slot and receive a reading fee of €100. This event will take place at 2.00 p.m at Cork City Library on March 22nd as part of the Cork International Poetry Festival. The five poets reading this year are:

Evan Costigan, Aria Eipe, Siobhán Flynn, Eoin Hegarty and Majella Kelly

2019 intro readers

Read about the selected poets here

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Tickets now available for the Cork International Poetry Festival 2019

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Among the names attending the 2019 Cork International Poetry Festival are Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins, Paul Durcan, David Harsent, Marie Howe, Pascale Petit and many others.

Full programme of events

Four-morning workshops

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Arts Council Literature Bursary Award Clinic
January 17th at Nano Nagle Place

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Thursday January 17th (7pm - 8.30pm)
Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork City

Attendance is free, but ticketed. Book here through Eventbrite.

At this event hosted by the Munster Literature Centre, Sarah Bannan, head of literature at the Arts Council will present a clinic on how to apply for a literature bursary award, answering such questions as:

  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • How does the online application process work?
  • What should I attach as supporting material?
  • How do I best demonstrate I can make good use of the award?

The purpose of the award is to support professional writers to develop their art practice. It provides writers with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.

The deadline for the next round of the Literature Bursary Award (for writers working in English) is Thursday 31 January 2019 at 5.30pm.

For more information on the Literature Bursary Award and to download a copy of the award guidelines, please visit the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website. You can contact the Arts Council on (01) 6180200 or email awards@artscouncil.ie

Attendance is free, but ticketed. Book here through Eventbrite.

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Submissions open for the Prebooked Poetry Introductions reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival 2019 - deadline January 31st

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An opportunity for poets who have yet to publish a chapbook or full-length collection to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival. Full Details here.

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Submissions open for the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award

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A new award of €2,000 for the best original collection of poems written by a poet living in Ireland, published in English, in the previous calendar year. Reprints, collected and selected editions are ineligible. This is so new work can be encouraged and rewarded. Collections (by poets living in Ireland) translated into English for the first time will be considered. Entries are being accepted up to December 19th (contact info@munsterlit.ie for details). A winner and five or more commended titles will be announced at the end of February. The judges for this first year are Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Clíona Ní Ríordáin and Maurice Riordan. The award is generously sponsored by the Farmgate Café, the English Market, Cork City.

The award will be presented on Tuesday March 19th at 6.30pm as part of the 2019 Cork International Poetry Festival.

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Applications now open for the 2019 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship

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This fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council.

The deadline is January 31st 2019

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Applications now open for the 2019 John Montague Mentorship Bursaries

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These bursaries provide the opportunity for two Cork poets to be mentored by Ms. Beasley between February and April of 2019. Each poet will benefit from a weekly two-hour contact session with Ms Beasley over eight weeks.

The deadline is January 13th 2019

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The 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow is Sandra Beasley

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The American poet, Sandra Beasley, has been appointed 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow. The fellowship is an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre and funded by University College Cork. It's named to honour the great Irish poet John Montague who lived in Cork and taught at UCC for many years. Ms Beasley will reside in Cork for three months, where she will have the opportunity to concentrate on her own writing as well as contribute in numerous ways to the literary life of the city. She will read and present workshops at the Cork International Poetry Festival, mentor two up and coming Cork poets and teach at the Creative Writing Department of the School of English, at University College Cork.

Find out more about Sandra Beasley, the fellowship and bursaries here

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Winners of the 2018 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

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First Place: Assembly Instructions by Katie Hale

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Second Place: other gods by Regina O'Melveny

These chapbooks will be launched in March 2019 at the Cork International Poetry Festival (Tueday March 19th - Saturday March 23rd).

Find out more about these winning poets & commended poets here

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FELLOWSHIPS / BURSARIES

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2019 John Montague Fellow
Sandra Beasley

 

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2018 Fellow Carys Davies

2019 Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship
applications now open

Deadline: 31st Jan 2019

 

FESTIVALS

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The Cork International
Poetry Festival

March 19 - 23, 2019

 

CISSF

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

 

COMPETITIONS

GOD

The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Results February 2019

 

SFC

The Southword Fiction
Chapbook Competition

Results January 2019

 

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The Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story Competition

2018 winner How to Pass
by Louise Crimmins
will be in Southword 36

 

FFP

The Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

2018 winners
1st: Katie Hale
2nd: Regina Melveny

 

 

VIDEO

Youtube channel


 

OTHER LINKS

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 
     

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