Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does the Cuirt International Festival of Literature accept submissions? If so, when?

A. The Cúirt International Festival of Literature annually invites writers, both emerging and established, who are achieving distinction within their literary communities, to participate. The festival aims to celebrate and shine a spotlight on national and international literary talent, as well as to promote the written word in poetry and literary fiction, and more recently, in non-fiction and genre writing. Cúirt is a curated festival; the Programme Director selects the artists who participate each year. Programming decisions are ultimately made in consultation with the festival board, and unsolicited applications are not actively sought. However, if you think you can offer something original and exceptional, and your book is professionally produced and an excellent read, you can still apply to appear (please see below). Please note that only a few writers who apply directly are selected as most authors are invited. Initially, and where possible, communication via a publisher or agent is preferable, to sort out practicalities. The annual Cúirt New Writing prize and Over the Edge prize are the traditional routes for an opportunity to read your work during Cúirt. Please see the New Writing prizes section for more information.

In 2018 the festival will have a specific period during which submissions for the 2019 programme will be considered. This window opens on 14 May 2018 and closes at midnight on 15 June 2018. Please keep your proposal as succinct as possible including a brief biog, press release and, if possible, a PDF of your book and link to a video clip of you reading your work. Any submissions received outside those dates will not be read. Given that we are a small team, it is not possible to provide feedback regarding unsuccessful submissions. Thank you for your understanding.