The Munster Literature Centre has opened submissions for two competitions. Their Fool for Poetry chapbook competition has published poets from Ireland, the UK and the USA. The overall winner of the Fool for Poetry competition receives €1000, second place receives €500.
Both chapbooks will be published and launched at the 2018 Cork International Poetry Festival, Feb. 14—17. The winners will receive fifty complementary copies. If they choose to come to Cork for the festival they will receive hotel accommodation with full meals and a chance to read from their prize winning title.
At least one of the winners must be a debutant with no previous poetry book or chapbook published. A shortlist of up a dozen entries is selected by MLC artistic director and poet Patrick Cotter. The winners are chosen from points awarded each manuscript by former and current poetry editors of Southword, James Harpur, Thomas McCarthy, Mary Noonan, Leanne O’Sullivan and Matthew Sweeney. Details on how to enter are here. Deadline June 30th.
The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is also open for submissions. The judge for this year’s competition is Northern Irish novelist Paul McVeigh.
The winner receives €2000, accommodation and meals at the Cork City International Short Story Festival from Wednesday Sept. 13—16 at the Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork.
Winners will also receive a week’s residency at Anam Cara artists’ retreat and a travel subvention (up to €600) if they agree to come to the festival and read their prize winning story. The story will be published in Southword. Details on how to enter are here. Deadline July 31.