Welcome to this round of the Lit Review. The Dublin Story Slam returns, submission calls are open, and books are launched. Don’t miss Louise O’Neill in conversation with Marian Keyes, too!
Competitions & submission calls
Maria Edgeworth Short Story & Poetry Competition
The Maria Edgeworth Competition for both short stories and poetry is open until 9th March. Submission details here.
Molly Keane Short Story Competition
Waterford County Council’s Molly Keane Short Story Competition is open until 15th March. Submission details here.
Two Chairs Writing Competition
This creative writing competition is open to everyone. It asks you to consider pictures of the two stone chairs. The chairs make up the ‘Hafez-Goethe Monument‘ in Weimar, Germany. Entries can be in English or in German. Your piece can be a poem, short story or piece of prose no more than 1000 words in length. The entry categories will be under 18s and over 18s, with a piece in English and in German picked from each (four winners in total); prizes will be £250 each. The final date for entries is 2 March 2018, 5pm.
2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition
The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 32nd International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine is now open for entries. Deadline: last post on Thursday 1st March 2018, or midnight on Thursday 1st March 2018 for online entrants. Prizes: publication by smith|doorstop; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress and more.
The Compass aims to locate and flag up outstanding poetry. Submissions open until 28th February for Issue 7 (April/May). Full details here.
Dublin Story Slam
The Dublin Story Slam is back on 6th March. They’re hungry for 4-7 minute personal stories inspired by the theme of Food. They want you to stuff their hearts & minds with mouthwatering stories where food played a part. Tell a story about a time you heard a shocking family confession at the breakfast table or a life changing proposal over dinner. A batlle with food that nearly consumed your life to a healthy diet that changed it. That exotic delicacy that you never forgot or the comfort of home cooked meals. Michelin star stories or terrible takeaways, whatever’s on the menu, come & share your stories this month at The Dublin Story Slam. Sign up to tell a story on the night or pre-sign up to secure your spot by emailing your name & the first line of your story to [email protected]. The first 8 storytellers get in for free and first on the night!
Book Launch: What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church
What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church by Sharon Tighe-Mooney will be launched by Michael Farry on Thursday 8 March at 6.30 PM. The event will be held at Trim Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Trim and copies will be available for sale. All are welcome to attend.
Louise O’Neill in conversation with Marian Keyes
Join Irish Tatler and two of Ireland’s best-loved authors for a night of Champagne and conversation. The iconic Marian Keyes will interview best-selling author Louise O’Neill on the launch of her newest book, Almost Love. Monday 12th March @ 7pm, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. Limited tickets available.