Southword 46


Southword Editions, 2024, 156 pages
ISBN: 978-1-915573-13-1

Southword is a literary journal featuring new writing from around the globe. This issue includes the winning short stories of the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (judged by Alexander MacLeod), the winning poems of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition (judged by Mary O’Donnell), as well as other short stories, poems and essays.


Southword Editor’s Poetry Award

Simon Costello

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

1st Prize: Katie Griffiths

2nd Prize: Suzanne Cleary

3rd Prize: Zoë Green

Shortlist: Dmitry Blizniuk (translated by Sergey Gerasimov), Jack Cooper, Mel Elberger, Viviana Fiorentino, Joanna Grant, Rosa Lane, Eithne Lannon, Maeve McKenna, Gloria Sanders, David Allen Sullivan

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

1st Prize: Tom Harvey

2nd Prize: Sallie Bingham

Shortlist: Mattie Brennan, Helen Flynn, Emma O’Donoghue, Marius Padurean


David Bleiman, Partridge Boswell, Ryan Caidic, Patrick Chapman, Anne Connolly, Eamon Cunningham, Patrick Deeley, Katie Donovan, Ger Duffy, Mark Fiddes, Alison Gorman, Mary-Jane Holmes, Julie Irigaray, Connor Johnston, Maeve Keane, Mona Lynch, Niamh Mac Cabe, Bernadette McCarthy, Kathleen McCracken, Afric McGlinchey, Paul McMahon, Audrey Molloy, Vicky Morris, Elisabeth Murawski, Damen O’Brien, Jamie O’Halloran, Ciarán O’Rourke, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Laura Jan Shore, Bobbie Sparrow, Csilla Toldy, Fiona Tracey, J.S. Westbrook

Southword Literary Essay Competition (runners-up)

Ruby Eastwood, Lucy Holme, Johanna St John

Subscriber Flash Fiction Competition

1st Prize: Louise Watts

2nd Prize: Nate Van Sweden

3rd Prize: Frances Gapper

Subscriber Poetry Competition

1st Prize: Lauren O’Donovan

2nd Prize: Christian Wethered

3rd Prize: Eoin Cahill​​​​​​​

Cover Image

‘Domestic Madonna’ by Rita Duffy