Cúirt New Writing Prize 2012: Call For Submissions


Cúirt International Festival of Literature is delighted to announce the call for submissions for the Cúirt New Writing Prize 2012.

The annual prize, which is awarded during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, is kindly sponsored by Tig Neachtain in memory of Lena Maguire. There are two categories this year: Fiction and Poetry. There will be a cash prize of €500 awarded to the winner of each category. The two winners will also be given the opportunity to read during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2012 on Wednesday 25th April at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event. Please note the closing date for submissions is 5pm, Monday 5th of March 2012.

Judges for this year are:

Fiction: Declan Meade

Poetry: Joseph Woods

Submission Guidelines:

Prose: up to 2000 words.

Poetry: 3 poems, each under 50 lines.

Entries in both Irish and English language are welcome.

You must submit 3 copies of your work. Entries must be typed with the following contact details on a separate sheet: Name, email address, phone number. Please do not type your name on any of your prose or poetry pages as entries will be judged anonymously.

An entry fee of €10 is applicable for each entry. This must be a postal order or bank draft made payable to: Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Entries, together with the entry fee, must be sent in hardcopy only to:


Cúirt New Writing Prize

Galway Arts Centre,

47 Dominick Street,


Writers submitting work should not have had a collection published under the category in which they are entering. This does not include the publicaion of single poems, stories, or chapbooks.

You may include a stamped addressed envelope if you want your work returned to you.

You may include a short biography of yourself if you wish. Please to not staple or attach it to your work; place it in the envelope separate to your fiction or poetry submission.

Please note submissions by email will not be accepted.

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