Munster Literature Centre
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Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published twice a year by the Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Kim Addonizio, Tess Gallagher, Colm Tóibín and Vona Groarke. Our spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition and Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, as well as specially commissioned work. Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction (for our autumn 2023 issue) are open as follows:

POETRY: December 1st, 2022 ‒ February 28th, 2023

FICTION: January 1st ‒ March 31st, 2023

Southword pays contributors €40 per poem and €250 per short story. We welcome submissions of up to four poems or one short story (up to 5000 words) per submission period. Further guidelines are available at our submission manager during the our open submission period.

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Issues 16-34 of Southword were published exclusively online. Access to this back catalogue will soon be made available to current subscribers. Southword online (Issues 16-34)