Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Tips for Being a Successful Poet

Sir Andrew Motion is an English poet and novelist who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.
He has been awarded several poetry awards, including the Arvon Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

Here are his top 10 tips for being a successful poet:


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Munster Lilterature Centre Call for Poetry Submissions

An international poetry competition run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, (http://www.munsterlit.ie) is currently open for submissions.

Facebook: The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! 1st Prize includes 1000 Euro, publication in Southword Journal, a trip to Cork to read your work at the Cork Spring Poetry festival AND a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre! 2nd Prize: 500 Euro + Southword publication. 10 runners up receive Southword Journal publication and standard fee of 30 Euro. Deadline 30 November. Judge: Matthew Sweeney. For more submission guidelines, terms, and conditions, please visit http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

Twitter: O’Donoghue Poetry Comp now open! 1st prize E1000, journal publication, festival reading & writer’s retreat! http://tinyurl.com/6xwt8yb

Newsletter/mailshot text:
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! This is a prize for single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Munster Literature Centre. First prize is 1,000 Euro (on 7 October 2014 approx. USD 1263 or GBP 784), a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to 600 Euro and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in February 2014. There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published and receive Southword’’s standard fee of E30. Southword Journal has previously published Billy Collins, Sinéad Morrissey, Martín Espada, Greg Delanty, Tess Gallagher, Matthew Sweeney and Brian Turner amongst many other respected literary figures. (http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html)

The deadline is 30 November 2014 and this year's judge is poet Matthew Sweeney. ( http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/11102 )

More information, including submission guidelines, may be found on our website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

or via our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/odonoghue.poetry.competition

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Stinging Fly is seeking submissions for a special issue!

We are currently seeking submissions for our Summer 2015 issue which will have a special theme and focus: London.

Similar to how we did the New York issue in 2011, a good share of the work will be specially commissioned. We want to gather stories, poems and essays that reflect London life and that explore some of the manifold relationships and connections that exist between Ireland and this major world city. We have published many London-based writers in the magazine down through the years and we hope to get new work from some of these writers for this special issue. As ever, we also want to discover new voices.

How to Submit:

Rather than follow our usual guidelines below, we'd ask you to send us an email with a brief introduction and proposal for what you wish to submit.

If it is poetry, please send us no more than two poems (previously unpublished) — pasted into the email or into one attached document.

If it is a short story or novel extract, please send us a brief outline and an attachment with the first two pages of the story (double spaced).

If it is an essay, please send a brief outline that includes proposed word count.

Send submissions to london.stingingfly@gmail.com and use SUBMISSION and POEM, STORY or ESSAY in the subject line.

All submissions/expressions of interest must be received by October 31st 2014. We will seek to respond to all submission emails by the end of November.

We would also be very happy to hear from you at this email address if you have any suggestions for writers we might want to feature in the issue — or topics we might want to cover.

Fish Short Story Competition Deadline, 30 November

Short Story Prize: €3,000

The ten best stories will be published in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

This year's judge, Jennifer Johnston, has been described by Roddy Doyle as "Ireland's greatest writer." She is the recipient of many awards, including The Whitbread Award for The Old Jest, and a Lifetime Acheivement from the Irish Book Awards, and has been short-listed for the Booker Prize. She has published 16 novels and five plays. Read more

Closing Date: 30 November 2014

Results: 17 March 2015

Anthology Published: July 2015

Word Limit: 5,000

Submission Fee: €20 for first, €10 thereafter.

First Prize: €3,000

Second Prize: A week in residence at Anam Cara Writers and Artists Retreat in West Cork.

Please read the Full Details before entering. (www.fishpublishing.com)

Deadline Looming for Poetry Competition

Dear Poets

Just twenty-five days to go & five great reasons for entering the 8th annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize

£5000 top prize (sponsored by Cegin Productions) with twenty-two more prizes totalling £2,000 plus Troubadour season tickets;
quickest turnaround - just 5 wks from deadline (Oct 20th) to contacting winners (Nov 24th), tying up your best poems for the shortest possible time
fairest judging - every poem is read by both our distinguished poetry-editor judges, Neil Astley & Amy Wack, no sifters, no shortlisters
prize-winners reading - the chance to read your prize-winning poem at the Troubadour alongside Neil, Amy & your fellow prize-winner poets at our (Dec 1st) prize-celebration;
going forward - the top three poems are forwarded annualy to 'the Forward': Tim Nolan, our 2012 3rd-prize-winner, is now on the five-poet shortlist for 2014 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Enter by e-mail or post, full details below & on website.

Best of luck!

Anne-Marie Fyfe
coffee-house poetry at the troubadour