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Fool for Poetry

International Chapbook

Competition

Some people are fools for love,
others are fools for poetry

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Competition now closed

 

Prizes

How to submit

About the Competition

Previous Winners / Purchase Titles

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Prizes

1st Prize: €1,000

2nd Prize: €500

Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies.

The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival.

 

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Manuscripts can be between 16 and 24 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose.

There is an entrance fee of €25 for each manuscript. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your manuscript be accepted elsewhere. The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets.

The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword Editions and launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival. It will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and in selected independent book shops.

Deadline: August 31st 2020

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How to submit

Email entry

Send to: foolforpoetry@munsterlit.ie
Subject: FFP entry
Attachments:

  1. The chapbook for submission (Word document. We cannot accept PDF's). As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document. A title page and/or contents page are optional. A list of acknowledgements is optional, but please include this in the cover letter rather than the manuscript.
  2. A cover letter (separate word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include
    - Your name
    - Chapbook title
    - Email address
    - Phone number
    - Postal address
    - Image of PayPal receipt or the Paypal transaction ID number
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
    Please ensure that this information is in the attachment and not in the body of the email.
  3. Payment through PayPal

 

Postal entry: Please include:

  1. Submission manuscript (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript. A title page and/or contents page are optional. A list of acknowledgements is optional, but please include this in the cover letter rather than the manuscript.
  2. The cover letter should include
    - Your name
    - Chapbook title
    - Email address (if you have one)
    - Phone number
    - Postal address
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
    Cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity.
  3. Payment: If you have paid through Paypal, just quote the Paypal transaction ID. Alternatively we accept cheques and bank drafts (see details below)
  4. Send to:
    The Fool for Poetry Competition,
    The Munster Literature Centre,
    84 Douglas Street,
    Cork, T12 X802
    Ireland
  5. Please DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
  6. If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope. We can confirm the receipt of international entries via email.

Paypal

Paypal will deduct the fee in your own currency. As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter.

 

Alternative methods of payment (Postal entries)

  • Cheques payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE
  • Bank drafts
  • Other currencies: We can also accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, U.S. Dollars or Pounds sterling at a rate of US $30 or £25 for each entry
  • Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  • Please note that we cannot accept cash payment

 

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A Brief History

The Munster Literature Centre established the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition in 2005. The competition offered writers the opportunity to have their poems published in a high quality production from the Munster Literature Centre's publishing branch, Southword Editions. The winners also receive cash prizes. The competition did not run from 2010-13. It was reintroduced in 2014.

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