Submissions for October Issue

It’s been strange summer. Covid is still very much  with us, but people are starting to get together, again and diaries are filling up. Some are looking forward to the Autumn with anticipation, some with dread, and some, perhaps, with a measure of nostalgia for the enforced peace and quietness of the last two years.
Peace and quietness are good, of course, when they are actively chosen – but there is much more to peace than simply being left alone. What are ‘the things that make for peace’ – peace between rivals, strangers or friends; peace with the natural world, or simply peace with yourself?
That is the theme for the Autumn edition of Corncrake.
Think of an incident of compassion, a custom or ritual, a means of working or, a work of art.  Tell us of what it means to you in less than a thousand words. Write a poem or parable, a monologue or memoir, a piece of flash fiction or creative non-fiction – whatever you need to say what you mean. Images and links to video or music are also welcome.
Deadline 30 September

Submissions for March Issue

Dinnseanachas or placelore was one of the earliest forms of Irish vernacular writing. Every hill, river and road had its story. They still do. Corncrake is looking for such stories – the stories that make a particular place, which would otherwise seem ordinary and insignificant – special. Whole books can and have been written about a particular village or townland, but think of the places that are special to you that are even more specific than that: this crossroads, this bend in the river, this building, this clump of trees. Perhaps it is a place where you often visit in these difficult times, or somewhere you would like to  be, but cannot go.
Though the magazine covers Fermanagh and the adjoining area, the corncrake is a migratory bird. so we will accept submissions about other places.  However, it must be a real, physical place that can be found on a map. Tell us exactly where it is, add an image if appropriate, and then write about it in 800 words or less. It may be prose or poem – myth, legend, memoir, fiction, or simply a descriptive evocation of your unique place.
Deadline 28 February

Here at Last!

Following our launch at the Allingham Festival,  Loughshore Lines is now available for sale at A Novel Idea bookstore in Ballyshannon (€5) or the County Museum Enniskillen (£5).
To order direct by post, please email fermanaghwriters@aol.co.uk
or come to our upcoming events at Belturbet Old Railway Station on Saturday 4th December at 2.30 or Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen on Tuesday 7th December at 7.30.
Contributors to the collection include Colin Dardis, Kate Ennals, Monica Corish, Tom Sigafoos, John McIntyre, Pat Joe Kennedy, Moyra Donaldson, Trish Bennett, Teresa Kane, and Jenny Brien.

Only Three Weeks to the Deadline

Do you want a chance to perform your work or have it read in public in Enniskillen, Cavan or Ballyshannon (as part of the Allingham Festival)?
We want writing that is creative and original (but no memoir, please), and with a strong link to the Erne River. Send your poems or stories to editor@corncrakemagazine.com by September 1  to be included in Loughshore Lines, a collection of writings inspired by the Erne River.
All those chosen to take part are invited to a free Improving Your Performance Skills workshop with actor Patrick McEneaney.
Stories – maximum 2000 words, and poems – maximum 40 lines. 

Dedalus Press Spring 2021 Mentorship Programme

Name: Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme – Spring 2021
Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Entry Fee: There’s no entry fee, although we ask that applicants purchase one Dedalus title from our website and include the order number in their application. There’s also a completely cost-free option to ensure accessibility.
Mentorship programme description: Are you an ‘emerging’ poet? Maybe you’ve published some individual poems here and there but have yet to publish a full-length collection? Dedalus Press is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme Spring 2021. We are on the lookout for up to 5 emerging poets for whom we will arrange free online mentoring sessions to be conducted by a panel of established poets. This is an excellent opportunity for ‘new’ poets to engage in a meaningful way with a more experienced figure, and to get the kind of close-up attention for their work that is not always available in a larger workshop setting. Application is open to Irish-born poets (resident anywhere) and to poets currently resident in Ireland, south or north. Applicants must be over 18 years, but applications are warmly encouraged from all age groups. We highly encourage submissions from underrepresented voices. All mentoring/tutoring fees will be paid for by us. Prospective poets are asked to submit up to 10 pages of poems (published or unpublished) for consideration.