Munster Literature Centre
Ionad Litríochta an Deisceart


Red Line Festival Poetry Competition 2022

Now in its tenth year, the prestigious Red Line Poetry Competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually.
This year, Red Line Festival is honoured to have award-winning poet Jessica Traynor judge the competition entries.
The closing date for entries is Monday 12th September 2022 and no entries will be accepted after this date.
The shortlist will be announced on Monday 3rd October 2022 and the prize winners announced during this year’s Red Line Festival which runs from October 13th – 16th 2022.

The Poetry of Kendrick Lamar

Five week creative writing class on the poetry of Kendrick Lamar with Sarah Byrne (host of the Southword Poetry Podcast).

  • Week 1: Kendrick and The Home
  • Week 2: Kendrick and The Environment
  • Week 3: Kendrick and The Body (with special guest, TBA)
  • Week 4: Kendrick and The Community (with special guest, DJ Stevie G)
  • Week 5: Kendrick and The Economy

Five Wednesday mornings for 1.5 hours live on Zoom from 10am-11.30am (October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd).

Early-Bird Rate: €160.00 (until September 15th 2022) Regular Rate: €200.00

Heaney-Miłosz Residency

The Heaney-Miłosz Residency is a new literary Residency programme launched on 6 July 2022 in Krakow, Poland, by the Estate of Seamus Heaney, the Embassy of Ireland in Poland and Krakow Festival Office (KBF). This Residency will take place for a period of 4-6 weeks in autumn 2023 at the former apartment of one of Poland’s most renowned writers and Nobel Laureate, Czesław Miłosz, in Krakow.

The Residency aims to celebrate the friendship between Seamus Heaney and Czesław Miłosz, by providing the time and space for an early to mid-career writer, based in Ireland, to develop their writing. The Call for Applications and the Application form are now open. Applications are open until 30 September 2022, with the selected writer to be announced in December.

Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition

Closing date: September 30th, 2022 at 4pm (GMT).
Results announced: October 30, 2022.
1st prize: £1000, a free creative writing course of the winners choice and publication on our website.
Runners-up: £200 each.
Entry fee: £9.
Word count: 3000 words maximum.
Open theme/subject/genre.

New Irish Writing

Appearing in the Irish Independent on the last Saturday of each month, New Irish Writing is an opportunity open to writers who are Irish or resident of Ireland.

Stories submitted should not exceed 2,000 words. Up to four poems may be submitted. There is no entry fee. Writers whose work is selected will receive €120 for fiction and €60 for poetry. You can email your entry, preferably as a Word document, to

Please make sure to include your name, address and contact number, as well as a brief biographical paragraph. Only writers who have yet to publish their first book can be considered.