Cuirt New Writing Prize

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2019

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 and youth.

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 34th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between Monday, 8th and Sunday, 14th April 2019.

This year we are delighted to announce that renowned Cork poet, Thomas McCarthy will judge the poetry competition and publisher and founder of Lilliput Press, Antony Farrell will judge the short fiction.

The youth strand of the prize, ‘Young Cúirt’, is for ages 12-17. The winner will receive €100 cash prize and will read at an event for young people at the festival in April.

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 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 2019 at 5pm. Contact for any further enquiries.