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Cúirt New Writing Prize open for submissions

Cúirt New Writing Prize open for submissions

It spells kudos—well, no it doesn’t, but it does carry the respect and ambition of writers all around the country—The Cúirt New Writing Prize is now open for submissions.

There is a cash prize of €500 and also the opportunity to read at the festival (now in its 38th year!), taking place in Galway between 17—23 April 2023.

But the judges, oh my. For prose, it’s Donal Ryan (did we mention he is on our Burning Books podcast?), for poetry it’s Seán Hewitt, and for a new dedicated prize for poetry and prose in Irish, it’s Áine Ní Ghlinn.

So what are you waiting for? The closing date for submissions is Monday, 30th January 2023 at 5pm.


  • Poetry entries must consist of three poems under 50 lines each
  • Short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words.
  • Entry costs €10 in total which covers one story or up to three poems.
  • Writers submitting work should not have had a full collection or work published in the category in which they enter (novel or short collection for fiction, poetry collection for poetry); this does not include the publication of single poems, stories, self publishing or chapbooks. If you have had single poems or stories published, you are still eligible to submit.
  • The story or poems submitted should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • The judges’ verdict is final.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Judging is anonymous. Please DO NOT include your name or contact details within the body or title of your submission.
  • Entries should be submitted as follows:
    • in a single document
    • In .doc or .docx format
    • Double spaced, in 12 pt font
    • Please title your submission in the following format ‘TITLE _CATEGORY’, for example ‘The Shift_SHORT FICTION’.
  • Entries in the body of an email will not be accepted.
  • International writers can enter the competition, but we are unable to  provide travel expenses to attend the 2023 festival, should they be successful.
  • Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Entry fees will not be returned if stories are withdrawn after entering.
  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

Submitting Your Entry

Submissions will be accepted through Google Forms only this year. You can submit your work and details through the link here: https://forms.gle/4KupPriA1tqDZA3AA


The entry fee for each separate submission is €10. This can be paid through the Stripe link here: https://buy.stripe.com/3cs29kaHY5hzdd63cg

For more information on subsidised entries and further details about the prize please see the festival website.