Cúirt New Writing Prize 2020

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, kindly sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions.

There are three categories: poetry & short fiction.

There is a €500 cash prize for the winner of the poetry and short fiction categories and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt / Over the Edge Showcase event at the 35th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between Monday, 20th and Saturday, 25th April 2020.

This year we are delighted to announce that Poet Jessica Traynor will judge the poetry prize and author Claire – Louise Bennett will judge the short Fiction.

The guidelines for all submissions are as follows:

Poetry entries must consist of three poems under 50 lines each, and short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. Entries are welcome in English and Irish. Writers submitting work should not have had a collection published in the category in which they enter; this does not include the publication of single poems, stories or chapbooks.

Submissions should be sent to cnwp@cuirt.ie. The entry fee for each separate submission is €10. This can be paid via the Paypal button. When emailing submissions, please include your name, email address, phone number and the name of the Paypal account holder in the body of the email as entries are judged anonymously.

The closing date for submissions is the 31st January 2020 at 5pm. Contact cnwp@cuirt.ie for any further enquiries.