Lit Review | 119 | Listowel Writers’ Week Competitions

Welcome to this fortnight’s Lit Review, packed with competitions and submission calls. Don’t forget that the closing date for this year’s Listowel Writers’ Week competitions is 1st March.

Competitions & submission calls

The Stinging Fly Featured Poets

The Stinging Fly is accepting submissions for its 2018 Featured Poet slots until Monday February 12th.  Details of how to submit here.

Forty Words Competition

The Bangor Literary Journal‘s Forty Words Competition is now open for submissions.  The deadline is 15th February.

Poetry Ireland Introductions

Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2018, which will offer?poets in the early stages of their careers,?writing in Irish or English, the?opportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance.  The poets selected for Introductions 2018?will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on the?art of reading and?performing poetry in public. A third workshop will be provided on marketing and self-promotion for poets.  Poetry Ireland Introductions 2018 will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin. Information on how to apply here.

Date With An Agent 2018

Have you written a bestseller? If you’re a writer looking for a literary agent and LOTS of sound advice on to get your book into print, put Date With An Agent and the associated Getting Published Conference in your diary now! The International Literature Festival Dublin and are inviting 5 top literary agents and 3 top London publishers to Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 26th May to explain exactly how the publishing industry works, and what you need to do to make it work for you.  Information on how to apply here.

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The Tangerine submission call

Belfast’s The Tangerine magazine is open to submissions of fiction, poetry, photography and illustration until 26th February.  Details of how to submit here.

Listowel Writers’ Week Competitions

Novels, poetry, drama, short stories, essays – this year’s Listowel Writers’ Week competitions have you covered!  Full details are here, and the deadline to submit is 1st March.

Imbolc Flash Fiction Competition

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce its first bi-lingual flash fiction competition for young people (between 16 – 29), kindly supported by Dublin City Council.  The competition asks writers to embrace the concepts of Imbolc and Lá Fhéile Bríde (St Brigid) to inspire their contemporary pieces of writing.  The deadline for submissions is March 20th.  The call for the competition and further details on applying can be found here.


Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon

To address the gender imbalance in the representation of Irish poets in The Cambridge Companion To Irish Poets (2017), a group of contemporary poets have joined together to create reading events, online discussion, and most importantly a pledge – which everyone is welcome to sign – committing to asking questions about gender representation early on in collaborative projects such as edited collections, conferences and festivals, and committing to withdrawing participation when insufficient effort is made to render representation fair.



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A Quarter of an Hour launch

Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan’s new book of poems explores the mysterious world of memory loss as experienced by her husband after a rare brain infection. A Quarter of an Hour will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival on 13 February at 8.30pm in The Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, Cork.  Admission €5 or free with book purchase.

The Book of Revenge launch

The finale of E.R. Murray‘s Nine Lives TrilogyThe Book of Revenge is to be launched by Sinead Gleeson at Dubary Books on Grafton Street, Dublin, at 6.30pm on Thursday 15th February.

Arguing with Edmund Spenser in Contemporary Irish Poetry

The School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, University College Dublin and Poetry Ireland invite you to join five poets who have been thinking and arguing with Spenser in their recent work for an evening of discussion and readings: John McAuliffe, Trevor Joyce, Leanne O’Sullivan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. 15th February, 7pm at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1.  Tickets free but booking advised.

Takin the Mic with Guest Host Anne Tannam

The Irish Writers Centre welcomes poets, prose writers, songwriters and musicians, comedians and anyone else who wants to have a go at our monthly open mic night. Guest MC on the night is Dublin poet Anne Tannam.  Friday 23rd Feb, 7-9pm.  Suggested donation €5.

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