Munster Literature Centre
Ionad Litríochta an Deisceart


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.


Two issues per year starting with our next issue #44 (Spring 2023)

If you wish to start your subscription one issue earlier or later than this, please email after subscribing.

By subscribing, you will receive new issues of Southword straight from the printers, as quickly as we will ourselves. Your subscription will also help to provide us with the resources to make Southword even better.



Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction (for our autumn 2023 issue) are open as follows:

POETRY: 1st December 2022 ‒ 28th February 2023

FICTION: 1st January ‒ 31st March 2023

Southword pays contributors €40 per poem and €250 per short story. We welcome submissions of up to four poems or one short story (of up to 5000 words) per submission period. If your work has been selected from an unsolicited submission and published in Southword before, we ask that you please don’t submit for one year before submitting again – for example, if you were accepted in the last open submission period (2023) it means you need to skip this one (2024) and wait for the next (2025). Further guidelines are available at our submission manager during the our open submission period.

Southword Online

Issues 16-34 of Southword were published exclusively online. Access to this back catalogue will be made available to current subscribers in 2023. Southword online (Issues 16-34)