Munster Literature Centre
Ionad Litríochta an Deisceart

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Open for entries 1 June – 31 August

Page limit: 16 – 24
Closing date: 31st August (midnight)
Entry fee: €25 per manuscript

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. At least one of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. The other winner may have previously published poetry books. Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as “highly commended”.

Manuscripts must be between 16 and 24 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose. Any number of the individual poems may have been published before in journals, anthologies etc. – the only restriction is that they cannot have appeared together as a book before. Entrants may submit more than one entry. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your manuscript be accepted elsewhere. The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets.

The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword Editions and launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival. It will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and in selected independent book shops.

Prizes

1st Prize: €1000

2nd Prize: €500

Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies.

Both winners are offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival.

Submission Details

Email entry

Send to: foolforpoetry@munsterlit.ie
Subject: FFP entry

Attachment 1: the manuscript of 16 – 24 pages for submission (Word or other text document – we cannot accept PDFs). As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document. Title and contents pages are optional and do not count towards the overall page limit. Please do not include acknowledgements.

Attachment 2: cover letter (separate text document attached to the same email, not in the body of the email). The cover letter should include:

  • Your name
  • Chapbook title
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Postal address
  • Image of PayPal receipt or the PayPal transaction ID number
  • How your heard about the competition
  • A brief bio (optional)

Payment of the €25 entry fee can be made through PayPal. PayPal will deduct the fee in your own currency.

No. of entries
Postal Entry
  • Manuscript of 16 – 24 pages for submission (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript. Title and contents pages are optional and do not count towards the overall page limit. Please do not include acknowledgements.
  • Cover letter: see required details above. Cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity.
  • Payment: If you have paid through PayPal, please quote the PayPal transaction ID in your cover letter. Alternatively, we accept cheques or bank drafts payable to “Munster Literature Centre” in Euro, U.S Dollars or Pounds Sterling at a rate of €25 EUR, $30 USD or £25 GBP for each entry. We also accept postal orders from the Republic of Ireland only. Please note that we cannot accept cash payment.
  • Send to:
    Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition,
    The Munster Literature Centre,
    84 Douglas Street,
    Cork, T12 X802
    Ireland
  • Please do not send entries by registered post. Unfortunately, we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
  • If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope. We can confirm the receipt of international entries via email.

More about the competition

The Munster Literature Centre established the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition in 2005. The competition did not run from 2010-13. It was reintroduced in 2014 as a yearly competition.

Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning entries or give individual feedback. We recommend following us on social media or signing up for our newsletter to stay up to date with all competition developments directly (links at the top of this page).

The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all money raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

Previous Winners

YearAccoladeAuthorTitle
20211st PrizeCian FerriterEarth’s Black Chute
2nd PrizeJamie O’HalloranCorona Connemara & Half a Crown
20201st PrizeFelicity SheehyLosing the Farm
2nd PrizeVicky MorrisIf All This Never Happened
20191st PrizeHeather TreselerParturition
2nd PrizeAudrey MolloySatyress
20181st PrizeKatie HaleAssembly Instructions
2nd PrizeRegina O’Melvenyother gods
20171st PrizeMolly MinturnNot in Heaven
2nd PrizeBernadette McCarthyBog Arabic
20161st PrizeJohn MeeFrom the Extinct
2nd PrizeMaya C. PopaThe Bees Have Been Canceled
20151st PrizeVictor TapnerBanquet in the Hall of Happiness
2nd PrizeTania HershmanNothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open
20141st PrizeVirginia AstleyThe Curative Harp
2nd PrizeVictoria KennefickWhite Whale
20081st PrizeJennifer Minniti-ShippeyDone Dating DJs
20051st PrizeIrene A. MosvoldNever Trust Where a Cat Sits