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Southword Journal Online, the literary journal published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre, has published writers including Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Tess Gallagher, Colm Toibín and Vona Groarke.

Poems and prose (in English and Irish) are considered between mid-January and March 15th each year for their summer issue. Poems in English are considered between July and September 15th for their winter issue; poetry, prose and literary criticism in Irish is also accepted during this time.

Southword Journal is not currently considering unsolicited submissions of non-fiction or memoir. PLEASE NOTE after the close of the submission date the editors will make a selection. Authors will be able to check the status of their submission via their profile on Submishmash. Due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to 8 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision.

Payment & Reviews Policy
Because Southword writers are paid, the amount of articles, poems etc. published is limited by budget. The managing editor has a large panel of reviewers to draw on and cannot consider unsolicited reviews. Publishers should take note that Southword’s limited review space is almost exclusively reserved for books by Munster-born and resident authors and books by other authors cannot be considered. We also regret we cannot guarantee to publish reviews of all Munster-interest books submitted. Munster authors who would like to be reviewed in Southword can email a query letter to reviews editor Patrick Cotter at munsterlit(at)eircom(dot)net. Please do not send in your book until asked to by the editor.

Southword pays contributors €30 per poem and €120 per short story. Payment to writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad must accept payment through Paypal.

Submission Guidelines

1. All manuscripts must be sent via Submittable in the appropriate categories, during open reading times only. Submissions are no longer accepted by post, as Southword is now an online journal. Please do not email your submission to the Munster Literature Centre.

2. Work should be submitted in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf. If sending multiple poems, please submit eachpoem in separate documents. (This allows you & the judge to withdraw, reject or accept pieces individually). There is a strict submission limit of six poems or two short fiction pieces of 3000 words each. Authors are paid €30 per poem and/or €120 per story published in Southword Journal. If the writer lives outside of Ireland, they will be paid by Paypal. (Information on how to set up a Paypal account:http://www.paypal.com ).

3. If submitting poems and prose simultaneously they will be considered by different editors at different times, so to be sure of a response please submit separately, via the appropriate Submittable category. Please note the Southword Journal is not currently considering unsolicited submissions of non-fiction or memoir.

4. Submittable will prompt you to type a ‘cover letter’ into a text field. Please include contact details, and an up-to-date biographical note. Nb: Works of translation where the original author is still in copyright will require the biographical notes of both the original author and the translator. On the Southword Journal contents page, the poem will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the poem/story’s page itself.

5. Poems and prose (in English and Irish) are considered between January and March 15th each year for our summer issue. Everything except for Fiction in English is considered between July and September 15th for our winter issue; fiction writers have an opportunity to submit their work to the Seán Ó Faoláin competition earlier in the year for this issue. PLEASE NOTE after the close of the submission date the editors will make a selection. Authors will be able to check the status of their submission via their profile on Submittable. Pleasenote that due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to 8 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision.

6. Simultaneous submissions, while not encouraged, are not forbidden. If a simultaneously submitted poem or short story is accepted for publication elsewhere, you will need to withdraw the poem or story in the Submittable system. For this reason, we encourage you to submit each poem or story as individual documents (as opposed to one document containing all poems or stories).

How to Submit

Submitting via Submittable (formerly Submishmash) is quick, easy and free! The only details you are required to provide is your name and email address. The advantage to using this site is that submitters will now be able to check the status of their submission, seeing easily for themselves whether their work has been accepted or declined. To send poetry or short stories to Southword Journal Online:

           1. Click here to go to Southword’s Submittable page.

           2. Click on Poetry, Fiction or Litríocht as Gaeilge taking note of the  submission guidelines (which also appear below). IT IS IMPORTANT  THAT YOU CHOOSE THE CORRECT CATEGORY, otherwise your submission may not be delivered to the correct editor.

           3. Create your profile. (Click ‘Create account and continue’.)

           4. Follow the form instructions on attaching your work and creating your bio / cover letter.

           5. Questions/troubleshooting on Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail (support@submittable.com) or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.

To read back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal at: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html

To purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 – #15) please visit our online bookstore:http://www.munsterlit.ie/Bookstore.html

To learn more about the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, running in late autumn, visit http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

To learn more about the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in spring/summer, visit http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail (support@submittable.com) or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.

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