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SOUTHWORD FICTION CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

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Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Competiton.

Both chapbooks are now available to buy here

Best International Chapbook

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

Jill Widner

Jill Widner grew up in Sumatra, Indonesia, the setting of her novel in progress, A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell, where her father worked as a petroleum engineer in the 1960s. The three stories included in A Middle Eastern No are part of a collection of stories in progress set in Iran and Saudi Arabia, where her father worked throughout the 1970s. When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution was published in both The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal (University of New Brunswick) and Everywhere Stories: I (Press 53) in 2014. Yalda & Zhila is forthcoming in the May/June 2019 issue of Kenyon Review Online. Her fiction has also appeared in American Short Fiction; Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong); Kyoto Journal; North American Review; Shenandoah; Short Fiction (University of Plymouth Press), Wasafiri online, and Willesden Herald: New Short Stories. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Artist Trust and the Washington State Arts Commission, the Banff Centre, the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle, the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and VCCA-France. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently lives and teaches in Yakima, Washington.widner

A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner
Price: €7 (within Republic of Ireland)
€9 (shipped internationally)

“Yalda liked to talk to me about her life in Shiraz before she moved to California. But only in the dark. Maybe her memory was clearer in the dark. Whatever it was, she told me things in the dark that she wouldn’t have ordinarily revealed about herself. I don’t think she realized that it gave me a kind of advantage.”

 

Best Irish Chapbook

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

Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is a poet and short story writer from Dublin. He was shortlisted twice for Hennessy Awards for fiction. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem Birthday won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. Recent stories have appeared in The Lonely Crowd and online at Willesden Herald New Short Fiction, Fictive Dream and Cold Coffee Stand. His story Festival was longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/8. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.

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It's Not Me, It's You by Brian Kirk
Price: €7 (within Republic of Ireland)
€9 (shipped internationally)

“It almost seemed wrong to tear the paper, but when Helen finally lifted the lid Robert saw over her shoulder an explosion of bright and dark colours, and for a moment he forgot what he had given her. It appeared to be a box of coloured lights. Then he watched her hand disappear inside and he remembered how it would feel cool and smooth like cream.”

   

2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November

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Fees-free Poetry Workshop

Application Deadline 15 Dec

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2021 Publications

Liz Houchin

New Irish Voices no. 6

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Southword 41

November 2021

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Aneas 2

November 2021

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Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
& O'Donoghue Prize poems

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Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Fiction anthology

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