Poem in Poetry Ireland Review

Issue 117

Quick update: one of my poems published in the current issue of Poetry Ireland Review (see previous post) is featured on their website as their poem of the week.

Go check it out – free poem, folks!




Four new poems in Irish magazines

I’m delighted to start 2016 with quite a busy line-up of publications.

I have two poems out this week in the handsome Poetry Ireland Review (below – cover art by Niamh Flanagan):  After all these night buses, a fanciful travelogue of sorts, and On the madhouse grounds with Alexis, about youthful trespassings in my hometown.

Issue 117

And, just fresh of the day, two more poems can be found online in the new issue of SouthwordOur Lady of the Clouds, patroness of bored clerks and Threesome. I’m not going to say anything about those, as anyone interested can just click on and read them. in addition to the poems, you can read the winning stories of the Seán Ó Faoláin Competition 2015, judged by Danielle McLaughlin.

I’m pretty chuffed, because the poetry editor for Southword at the moment is Matthew Sweeney, a poet I’m quite a fan of.


Based on true facts: Oxford Brooks International Poetry Competition

I presently have brain-bubbles grade excitement due to the fact that my poem “Gerrymanderings of the mind” got to second place in the ESL (English as a Second Language) category of the inaugural Oxford Brooks International Poetry Competition.

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It’s about my new home town, Nantes and it “explores immigrant arrival to a new city in a wonderfully irreverent style“, according to competition judge Hannah Lowe. I wrote it not very long after moving back to France from Ireland last year.

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[Pix of my ‘hood]


Writing competition deadlines – a quick round-up

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Here are a few writing competitions with deadlines coming up, should you have a few spare bucks or quid or rupees and a brilliant story or poem in your drawer. I kept it simple here, so follow the links for details, but all of them have pretty good prizes!

-May 31st: Bridport prize – short stories (under 5000 words) £9, flash fiction £7 (under 250 words – phew!), poems £8

-May 31st: Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition – £5 pounds for a story between 250 and 1000 words (in case you went overboard with your Bridport entry…)

-May 31st: Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – €25 for 16 to 24 pages of poems

-June 30th: The Moth International Short Story Prize – €12 entry fee for a story under 6000 words (judged by Donal Ryan)

-July 1st: iYeats Poetry Competition – €5 for a poem (judges: Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan)

-July 7th: Brighton Prize: £6 for a story between 1000 and 2000 words (judge: Peter James)

-July 15th: Ambit Summer Writing Competition – £5 for a poem (judge: Dan O’Brien), £7 for a story (judge: Alison Moore)

-July 15th: Rattle Poetry Prize – $20 for up to four poems (AND you get a subscription to the magazine, ie 4 issues / 3 issues for non-US entrants to cover postage. Interesting system, makes it worth it even if you poems don’t get anywhere in the competition – it’s a damn fine mag!)

-July 17th: Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition: £20 (judge: Andrew McMillan)

-July 24th: Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Fiction and Life Writing under 3000 words, and poems – £6 for entry in one category, £10 in two, £15 in three. (judges: Toby Litt, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Roger Robinson)

-July 31st: The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition – €15 for a story under 3000 words (judge: Danielle McLaughlin)

-August: competitions? writing? Get’out’o’here! Go to the BEACH, fool!

-September 30th: The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize – €10 for a novella between 15,000 and 35,000 words (judged by the following brilliants: Colin Barrett, Sara Baume and Paul McVeigh)

[oh, and by the way, the magazines behind some of these competitions are all well worth checking out, and submitting to outside of competitions too… Actually, why not buy one of them now?]

New issue of The Penny Dreadful out now (with a poem of mine in it!)


Issue 5 of Cork-based magazine The Penny Dreadful is now officially out, having been launched in Galway and Dublin this week. There’ll be a Cork do too next week, on April 18th, if you’re around that part of the county/country/continent/world/etc.

The mag hasn’t reached me yet, but as always they’ve done a great job of making it look great, and I’m really looking forward to reading what my fellow Dreadfuls came up with: there’s stories by folks such as John Boyne, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Eimear Ryan, poems by Dylan Brennan and Victoria Kennefick and more!

The Penny Dreadful is open for submissions until May 10th, and they’ve just announced a Novella Prize that sounds brilliant, if you’re in the Irish islands (sorry – Ireland or the UK).


New poem in Axolotl

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I’ve a poem, From this here floodland jungle, in issue five of newish online magazine Axolotl.

It’s a great magazine to check out if you don’t know it yet, with lots of weird fiction and poetry, translations and other linguistic crossovers… They’re open to submissions until June 1st.

And, last but not least, it’s named after a brilliant short story by Julio Cortázar, itself named after a brilliantly weird, diminutive Mexican cave beast. It’s like mastryoshka dolls, I swear. Well, you know what I mean. Things within things.

The man                                                                    The beast