Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Great Opportunity for Writers in Mexico!

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival is looking for three writers to join us February 10-14, 201---as our guests!

Submit your poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
to our writing contest
before November 2, 2015
for a chance to attend the 11th annual Writers’ Conference.

Winners Receive:

• Full Conference Package
• Lodging (during the conference)
• One Agent Pitch Session (optional)
• Digital Publication
• Headline a reading during the Conference (optional)
• Bragging Rights

Winning the contest is an exceptional opportunity for writers to attend workshops, hear keynote speakers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy, NPR's Scott Simon, and others, and to network with literary agents.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Santa Fe Art Institute Announces Theme for Next Residency

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to announce Water Rights as its next residency and programmatic theme. Because water is seen, now more than ever, as a contested resource, SFAI is committed to bringing together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to collectively expand and revise our knowledge of what we think we know about water rights. New Mexico is rich in its relationship to water- a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Call for Exhibition/Project Proposals...

Sirius Arts Centre
Call for Exhibition/Project Proposals
April 2016 – March 2017

Submission Deadline: 5pm, 26 June 2015.

The Sirius Arts Centre is currently accepting submissions for the Gallery Programme for April 2016 - March 2017.

Sirius is an arts centre that serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art. It offers developing opportunities for both emerging and more established artists from Ireland and abroad.

Sirius Arts Centre is interested in working with contemporary artists, both emerging and established, Irish and international. Sirius has developed a strong reputation in the area of contemporary photography, promoting Irish photographers at home and abroad and presenting the work of international photographic artists. However, Sirius also has a long history of presenting a wide range of interdisciplinary contemporary art and is currently especially interested in working with artists through a highly collaborative process and in the dialogue between artists, curators, communities and audiences.

Further details available at:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Call to Artists - EPS Northwest Campus Public Art Project

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an Artist or Artist team to create a site specific public art sculptural installation at the Edmonton Police Services Northwest Campus. This is a significant and highly visible location to the public.

The EPS Northwest Campus public art competition, open to professional
local, national, and international Artists, is held in accordance with the City of
Edmonton policy 'Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas'

$450,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Spring 2018

For more information, contact the Edmonton Arts Council: phone (780) 424–2787 or email: publicart@edmontonarts.ca

To view detailed renderings and plans of this project, please email rharpin@edmontonarts.ca

We thank all Artists for their interest and submissions to this call

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

iYeats Poetry Competition 2015

iYeats Poetry Competition 2015

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, fosters the importance of poetry with two competitions annually. The iYeats Poetry Competition is now open for entries.

The iYeats Poetry Competition is an annual, online, international poetry competition which has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges. The competition is open to all those 16 years of age and upwards. An overall prize is awarded as well as an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age.

General category: First Prize €500
Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

The iYeats Poetry competition was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats. Now in its 7th year running, the Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth through encouraging poets around the world.
iYeats 2015 dates for your diary -

Closing date for entries: Wed 1 July, 2015 at 5pm

Winners will be notified by: Monday 20 July, 2015

Results publicly announced: Late July, during the Yeats International Summer School

Judges for 2015 are Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Short Story Competition Now Open!

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Prize

Deadline July 31st

1st Prize of €2000, accommodation with full board and tickets to all events at Cork International Short Story Festival, a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat in picturesque West Cork, publication in Southword AND a festival reading slot.

Runner-up prizes of €500 and 4x€120 plus publication in Southword.

Judge is New Yorker-published Danielle McLaughlin.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015

Introducing the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition. Our judge Andrew McMillan will choose one lucky winner to have their debut poetry collection published by Bare Fiction. This exciting new competition is for anyone from the UK, or internationally, who has yet to publish a full poetry collection of 40 pages or more.

Judge: Andrew McMillan

1st Prize: £1000, Collection Publication + 50 Complimentary Copies

2nd & 3rd Prizes: Pamphlet Publication + 30 Complimentary Copies

Save the date to your calendar!DEADLINE: 17TH JULY 2015


£20 per entry (automatic £5 discount if you purchase a subscription to the magazine at the same time as placing your entry)

Current subscribers to the magazine should login to their account before entering; the discount will then be applied automatically.


Your entry should be between 16 – 20 pages of poetry that has not previously appeared as a published collection. Andrew McMillan and Bare Fiction editor, Robert Harper, will select a shortlist of six poets by mid-August. The shortlisted poets will then be asked to submit a full length collection within 4 weeks, from which a winner and our two runners up will be chosen.

You will be able to upload your document after clicking the “Add to cart” button above. Remember to ensure there are no identifying marks on your submission before uploading your document.

Please check the Competition Rules tab for full details. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Short Story Competitions!!!

From Short Stops (the online newsletter for short story lovers):

Competitions & Festivals

The 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries until April 30th.

The Felixtstowe Book Festival's 2015 short story competition is accepting entries until May 16th.

The Moth's International Short Story Prize is open, deadline June 30th.

Holland Park Press is running a short story competition, I Is Another, deadline 31 August.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WINNERS Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15

The Pace of Change by Chris Weldon
Tomorrow by Keren Heenan
Two Funerals by Kara Moskowitz

Blind White Worm by Bill Davis
American Holiday by Grace French
Thieving in a Minor Key by Jacob Appel
The Journey by Kate Mahony
Combat by Katherine West
Of Things That Fall From the Sky by Omar Al-Khayatt
Unfinished Business by Pauline Brown
Desray by Pippa Gough

Monday, March 16, 2015

Munster Literature Centre Chapbook Competition...

The Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition 2015

Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry

2014 winners Virginia Astley & Victoria Kennefick

Two winners will each have their manuscript published, receive €500 in cash and fifty complimentary copies of their chapbook.

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Manuscripts must be sixteen to twenty pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or 'versions'. The poems can be in verse or prose. Each chapbook is guaranteed a review in Southword Journal.

The winning chapbooks will be published in February 2016 with striking cover designs, ISBNs, barcodes and will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and selected independent book sellers. The winning poets will be considered for the 2016 Cork Spring Poetry Festival programme and have their chapbooks entered for the UK Forward Prize for best poem and anthology. An entrance fee of €25 will be charged for each manuscript. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. For full details consult www.munsterlit.ie in December. The winners will be selected by a panel chosen by the management board of Southword Editions.

Deadline: 31 May 2015.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Magazine Calls for Submissions!!!

Email: writersmonthlyreviewmag@gmail.com or marcies04@yahoo.com

SUBMISSION CALL for the April 2015 Issue

Deadline for submissions is set for March 25th for the April edition so get those articles in. I’d like to see how-to's dealing with rejection, articles dealing with manuscript format, articles dealing with everyday life of a writer, conference and workshop news, dealing with editors … you get the picture. If anyone has market news or updates please send those to me as soon as possible.
I would also like to see inspirational articles for each issue – keep the length between 500 and 2000 words.

Please, please get those manuscripts in to us before the 25th.

Please, please put your name, address and email on each manuscript and shortly following each article add a short bio. Manuscripts will not be read if they don't have names, etc.

Thanks for everything. We need your subscription support so please consider subscribing today.
Marcella Simmons, Editor/Publisher

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Short Story Competition!

Books Ireland in association with IMRAM is delighted to announce a short story competition in celebration of the magazine’s 40th anniversary year!

We would be thrilled if you would share the news via your website, social media or newsletter. The promotional flyer in both English and Irish detailing terms and conditions is attached. If you feel the competition is of interest to your writers and guests and have a suitable spot to display the flyer that would also be much appreciated.


We invite all writers, from novice to seasoned, to enter for a chance to win cash prizes and more! Submissions are welcomed from all nationalities in both English and Irish languages and will be adjudicated by Niall Williams and Cathal Póirtéir respectively.
The two categories each have a first prize of €400, a second prize of €200 and a third prize of €100. First prize stories will be published in a future issue of Books Ireland and overall winners will have the opportunity to attend a creative writing workshop. (First prize in the English language category is a place on the Kiltumper Writing Workshop facilitated by Niall Williams.)

First prize winners will also be automatically entered for the writing.ie short story of the year award.

Concession entry fee of only €8 offered for writing groups, book clubs and Books Ireland subscribers.

Any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Short Film Could Use Support!

I wanted to reach out and ask you to be a part of my Indiegogo campaign for the international distribution of my new film SINEATER starring the award-winning Joe Mullins ( Pilgrim Hill)

Sineater was shot on location in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland in November 2014. It's my second short film, my last being 'Jacob Wrestling With The Angel'. I would be grateful if you can check out the campaign and tell me what you think and/or support it!


Make sure to use the link above to see the official trailer, poster, pictures and other videos and information! Find out about myself and the cast & crew!

We are especially looking for an Associate Producer/Executive Producer - check out the amazing perks available. Also if you are a budding actor/filmmaker, check out the very useful perks for that!

Bertie Brosnan

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fish Poetry Competition Opens!!!

Poetry Contest: €1,000

The ten winning poems will be published in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

This year's judge, Nick Laird, will choose the ten poems for inclusion in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

Closing Date: 31 March 2015
Anthology Published: July 2015

Word Limit: 300

Submission Fee: €14 for first, €8 thereafter

First Prize: €1,000

Second Prize: A week in residence at AnamCaraWritersRetreat

Please read the Full Details at www.fishpublishing.com before entering.

Nick Laird is the author of two novels: Utterly Monkey, and Glover's Mistake, and author of three books of poetry: To a Fault, On Purpose, and Go Giants. He and his wife, novelist Zadie Smith, live between New York and London. He is currently adjunct professor at Columbia University, New York.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2015

Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are proud to announce the launch of their fourth joint poetry competition. Applications are now invited from published and unpublished poets writing in English and Irish, as well as from spoken word poets.
Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2015: 'Feeling the Heat'

Extreme weather events are having a devastating effect on people in the developing world: destroying families, demolishing homes, ruining livelihoods. The people who contributed least to climate change are those most ‘feeling the heat’ from its effects. This is part of Trócaire’s ‘Climate Justice’ campaign.

Entries are invited from both published and emerging poets, in English and Irish, with special categories for younger entrants and a Spoken Word category for performance poetry. Poets can submit up to THREE poems each, and entry is free.

The closing date for entries is Friday 13 March 2015, and winners will be notified by Friday 8 May 2015. Entries will be judged by Mary Shine Thompson, former Dean of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (Dublin City University), by poet Theo Dorgan, and by Trócaire's Trish Groves.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Barrelhouse Call for Submissions!!!

Submissions (http://www.barrelhousemag.com/#!submissions/cx9l)

Thanks for thinking of us as a home for your work! Unsolicited submissions are the fossil fuel that keeps the Barrelhouse moped puttering along on the side of the literary highway.

We are currently accepting submissions for: the riots section of Issue 15 AND our 90s-themed online issue!

Call for Submissions: Riots

Barrelhouse Issue 15 will feature a special themed section on the topic of riots. Whether that term makes you think of civil disobedience, riot grrrls, sports fans celebrating a championship, Quiet Riot, or something else, we want to read your work. We’re looking for stories, essays, and poems that take this broad theme and turn it into the kind of energetic, fearless work that Barrelhouse loves. We want writing that is going to throw bricks through windows and flip cars and start fires and charge through clouds of tear gas carrying nothing but a stick and a lifetime of outrage. We want you to scare us a little.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015
PLEASE NOTE: submissions for this topic should be submitted under the special Riots category. General submissions should be listed under the appropriate category
PLEASE NOTE, #2: This call is for a special themed section. The remainder of Issue 15 will not be themed.

Call for Submissions (online issue): The 90s

The dream of the 90s is alive at Barrelhouse!

We’re in search of stories, poems, and essays that celebrate one of the greatest decades in relatively recent history: the 1990s. Whether you take us back or bring it forward, show us how it was all about the Benjamins, saluting your shorts, and whatever pogs were. Make us think about Squeezit, royalty in Bel-Air, and Blind Melon in new, 21st century ways.

Most of all? Put more heart in your work than the Spice Girls, and more danger than Beavis and Butt-Head with rocket launchers.

Magazine Submission Guidelines

Please read these instructions before you submit. We know we aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but it will make it easier on all of us if you have a general sense for what we’re looking for and how we’d like to get it.

We accept submissions through the Submittable online submissions manager. That’s the only way we accept submissions.

No previously published work.

There is no maximum length, although we tend to publish stuff shorter than 8,000 words
Please submit only one piece at a time. Except for poetry. You can submit up to five poems. Everybody else — just one!

We pay $50 to each contributor to our print issues, as well as two contributor copies. So far, online contributors are paid primarily in karma. All contributors are also promised free beer, if we ever run into you in the flesh. If you don’t believe us about the free beer, ask around a little bit. We are frequently tipsy and imprudently generous.
We accept simultaneous submissions — you would have to be insane to be sending your stuff out to one place at a time, right? Seriously. We hope you’ll tell us as soon as possible if you place the work elsewhere, though.

It will probably take us two to three months to get back to you. We try to do that faster, but there are few of us and many of you.
About electronic files: Please only send us word or rich-text (.rtf) files. Seriously. If you send something in a file format that we can’t read, it greatly reduces your chances of publication. For poetry, please submit 3-5 poems as a single document.

New Submission Opportunities!

Email: writersmonthlyreviewmag@gmail.com or marcies04@yahoo.com

SUBMISSION CALL for the April 2015 Issue

Deadline for submissions is set for March 25th for the April edition so get those articles in. I’d like to see how-to's dealing with rejection, articles dealing with manuscript format, articles dealing with everyday life of a writer, conference and workshop news, dealing with editors … you get the picture. If anyone has market news or updates please send those to me as soon as possible.
I would also like to see inspirational articles for each issue – keep the length between 500 and 2000 words.

Please, please get those manuscripts in to us before the 25th.
Also I’d like to stress to each of you the importance of getting in your subscription before the end of the month. Email me if you need a subscription form. You can pay through PAYPAL or by check or money order. The email address for our PAYPAL account is marcies04@yahoo.com. You don’t want to miss a single issue of our magazine. Stay on top of market needs and what’s going on in the writing world. Subscribe today. YOU ALSO GET A FREE CRITIQUE OF ANY STORY, ARTICLE OR 10 PAGES OF POEMS WITH YOUR SUBSCRIPTION THROUGH the duration of your subscription.

Please, please put your name, address and email on each manuscript and shortly following each article add a short bio. Manuscripts will not be read if they don't have names, etc.

Thanks for everything. We need your subscription support so please consider subscribing today.
Marcella Simmons, Editor/Publisher

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Launch and Reading of Book Based in Beara!

Book Launch and Reading
Deadly Intent
by Anna Sweeney

A gripping novel of tangled relationships and shadowy secrets, set in the dramatic surrounds of Ireland's Beara Peninsula on the famed Atlantic coastline.

Deirdre Purcell will launch Deadly Intent, Anna Sweeney (aka Anna Heussaff) will read from her book and answer questions, and Deirdre Purcell will read from her latest book, Aengus Finucane: In the Heart of Concern.

Friday, 27 February 2015, 8:30 P.M., Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork
Donations gratefully accepted in aid of the Beara Community School's Project "100 Years of Hope"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Missouri Review 2015 Audio Competition

The Missouri Review is looking for your short audio documentaries, stories, poems, and humor pieces for our 2015 Audio Contest. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner in each category.

Your pay-by-donation entry fee includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, complete with a bonus audio version of the magazine.

Winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our Soundbooth podcast series. Submissions will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with our guest judge, Andrew Leland, who is host and producer of the Organist (kcrw.com/believer), a weekly arts and culture podcast from KCRW and the Believer magazine. He’s also a contributing editor at the Believer (believermag.com), has taught radio and writing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and has edited books for Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Vintage, and elsewhere.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and established artists—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why I particularly wanted to pass on the word to writers involved with Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. I would very much appreciate it if you could let folks there know about our contest by posting the attached fliers somewhere where they’ll get attention, or by forwarding this message to any email lists or newsletters that might have an interest.

Deadline: March 15th, 2015.

For details, or to submit, please visit our website: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Blog for Writers!!!

Morning all,

Just wanted to let you know about my new blog, myfirstbookdeal.com, where I'll be posting regular interviews with successful authors about how they got their first publishing deal.

Posts so far include:

- Orange Prize-nominated author Aifric Campbell explains how her background as a high-flying City trader helped her to secure her first book deal;

- Booker-longlisted writer (and former Africa correspondent for The Irish Times) Ed O'Loughlin on his lucky break after 14 rejections.

If you could spread the word to aspiring authors, give it a mention on Twitter, or even just have a browse, I'd be extremely grateful!

Many thanks,
Caroline [Madden]

UK Poetry Competition

Check out the details at:


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 31st Deadline for Firsh Short Memoir Prize

Short Memoir Prize: €1,000

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

This year's judge, Carmen Bugan (author of Burying the Typewriter) will choose the ten memoirs for inclusion in the Anthology.
Dr. Carmen Bugan whose life story is now featured on BBC with a film, radio program and an on-line piece, is the author of the book of poems 'Crossing the Carpathians', the award winning memoir 'Burying the Typewriter' and a monograph, 'Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile'. Her second collection of poems, 'The House of Straw', came out early this year. Her work has been published in Harvard Review, Times Literary Supplement, PN Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation.
Closing Date: 31 Jan 2015

Results: 1 April 2015

Anthology Published: July 2015

Word Limit: 4,000

Submission Fee: €16 for first, €10 thereafter

First Prize: €1,000

Second Prize: Online Course with Fish

Please read the Full Details before entering.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fest Film Lab Offering ...

NYU/ABUDhabi is offering a special 20% Discount for participants who register until the 30th of January register fast to guarantee your place.

This will be an absolutely unique opportunity to develop your skills as a film producer with one of the most interesting and recognized producers in activity. You will have an educational experience of excellence in a small and intimate group of only 25 participants maximum, with no less than Golden Globe winning producer Gareth Wiley, Winner of a Golden Globe for Producing "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" This was Gareth’s second Golden Globe nomination in four years, having been previously nominated in 2006 for his first collaboration with Woody Allen, “Match Point”.

This 2 days intensive workshop is strictly limited to 25 participants maximum, we advise to register fast to guarantee your place, the workshop fee is 625USD , but we are offering a 20% Discount for participants who register until the 30th of January, costing only 499GBP. The workshop will take place in Abu Dhabi UAE in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi.

For more information and to register please visit our webpage on http://filmlab.fest.pt/upcoming_workshop.php?workshop_id=49

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Children's Literary Journel!

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages


Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages
Debuting May 2015

$25 (6 issues) USA
$35 (6 issues) Canada & Other Countries

Current Needs
Fiction: Short Stories for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Essays for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Poetry for children, all ages (Up to 20 lines)
We accept stories by children (Parents Signature Form Upon Request)
Artwork by students: 8 1/2 x 11 original pictures by students
Photos (no more than 6 per submission)

Manuscript Format: WORD, Double Spaced, Attachment - cover letter in the body of the email.
Please include name, contact info and brief bio with all submissions. Pay is in copies. Journal Size: 8 1/2 x 11

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages

Email: soapstonecreekjournal@gmail.com
2413 Bethel Rd.
Logansport LA 71049 USA
Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vacancy in Watercolour Workshop

From Evelyn Dunphy:

It's very sad when an artist who is looking forward to attending a workshop has to cancel. I know how disappointed I would be.

But as a result, there is now an opening for another artist to join our group and enjoy the magical experience of the Beara Peninsula of Ireland.

The dates of the workshop are May 30 - June 6th, 2015.
If you would like to read about the workshop, Anam Cara and all the details, please visit my website: http://www.evelyndunphy.com/

Here's a recommendation from a very accomplished artist who attended my workshop in Ireland last year:

Our time together painting in Ireland has influenced how I paint in a rather profound way. I knew it then, after the Retreat, but you never know how it will hold up. I can now confidently say, 3 months later, it has a lasting impact. You are an extraordinary teacher in the ways you are able to divine where each student is in their process, and adapt what you know to share productively and successfully with them. I am a drawing teacher; I know a good teacher when I meet one, and you are one. Thank you!
Susan McC. North Carolina

Thursday, January 8, 2015


A quick update: the Euro is at a 9-year low against other currencies making travel to the Eurozone, including Ireland and Anam Cara, extremely advantageous!