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Submissions deadlines: 29th February 2024 (Poetry) and 31st March 2024 (Fiction – opens 1st Feb 2024)

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 summer 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.

Southword pays contributors €50 per poem and €300 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).

Poetry Submissions Guidelines

1. All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only. Submissions cannot be accepted by post or email.

2. There is a strict submission limit of 4 poems per person. More than one live submission by the same person will lead to just one being read and the others rejected unread.

3. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf.

4. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please inform us by a note to the editor via Submittable, if a submitted poem has been accepted elsewhere. Withdraw your submission entirely if it is no longer available for consideration.

5. 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. Southword is not currently considering unsolicited submissions of non-fiction or memoir.

6. Works of translation where the original author is still in copyright will require the bios of both the original author and the translator. On the Southword contents page, the poem will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the poem’s page itself.

7. Poems are considered between 1st January ‒ 29th February for our winter issue published in November 2024. After the close of the submission date the editors will make their selection. Submittable will notify you as to the success of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to four months after the submission deadline to make their decision. From 1 September –30 November, poets may submit their work to the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, the winners of which will be published in the summer issue of Southword.

8. Authors are paid €50 per poem published in Southword. 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 ).

9. 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).

The editor may not always see messages sent through submittable, so the best way to get answers to any questions regarding these guidelines or submissions in process is to email the Publications Officer at info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

Fiction Submission Guidelines will be available here from 1st February 2024.

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