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 Prospective poets are asked to submit up to 10 pages of poems (published or unpublished) for consideration.

An Experiment in Publishing

Tom Sigafoos writes:

I’ve published The Cursing Stone, an Irish historical novel, and I’d like to invite you to read it at no cost.

County Donegal, Ireland, 1884. Your island home is threatened with evictions. How far would you go to stop them?

The fates of two men – Ruari Mullan of Tory Island, and Sub-Lieutenant William Gubby of HMS Wasp – intersect in the disastrous arc of the Irish Land Wars.

If you’ll sign up to my mailing list, I’ll send you The Cursing Stone in weekly instalments. I’ll also send Bonus Materials – photos, maps and unusual background information.

There is no cost to sign up or read the instalments. If you enjoy the novel, I’ll appreciate it if you’ll write a review. That’s the entire proposal  no strings attached.

To subscribe to The Cursing Stone, please follow this link and sign up at www.tomsigafoos.comIf you change your mind, you’ll always have the option to un-subscribe.*

If you know others who’d enjoy reading a lively historical novel, please forward this invitation to them as well. Questions? Please contact me at tomsigafoos@gmail.com.

Thanks and best wishes,

Tom Sigafoos

*You’ll receive an email in your primary inbox within an hour of your subscription. Others will follow every 3-4 days. If you don’t see them, please check your alternate email folders, like Social, Promotions and Spam. If you can’t find the emails, please let me know.

Geopark Poetry Map

Write a poem to celebrate a site in Fermanagh and Cavan’s  UNESCO Geopark.

To assist all poets MAC UNESCO Global Geopark is providing a pdf map of the Geopark and accompanying background information.

The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2021. We expect the Geopark Poetry Map to go live in October in time for the UK’s Poetry Day.
If your poem is chosen there will be a payment of €40 for the rights to use the poem in conjunction with the project.

For more details  contact Bee Smith at GeoparkPoetryMap@gmail.com.

Welcome to Corncrake

Corncrake Magazine is an on-line-only Arts magazine published twice yearly by Fermanagh Writers. It covers writing, art, music and related matters produced in, or of interest to, Fermanagh and the surrounding area, reaching from Omagh to Cavan and from Ballyshannon to Monaghan.

We accept poetry, flash fiction (under 1000 words) reflections and reviews. Visual content and links to music or videos are also welcome.

Submissions to the next issue will open at the start of September. In the meantime, if you have any relevant news, notices or queries please send them to editor@corncrakemagazine.com and we will include them below.

The Year the World Stood Still

The end of 2019 was a busy time for Fermanagh Writers. We had been involved as writers and performers in two dramatic presentations directed by Paddy McEneany: our own The Ghost of Christy Past for the Fermanagh Live festival, and The Gods of Sound and Stone in the Strule Arts Centre, and we were looking forward to a new project Better Together in conjunction with Ballinamore Hens Shed. I had been in hospital with a clot on the lung, and we all needed a rest before the next issue of Corncrake. There would certainly be plenty to write about.

Then Covid arrived.

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Kathy May

These words were written just after our friend Katharine – Kathy May – died. I wrote them down without thinking of grammar or meter or sequence or refinement.

They are from my first thoughts as my wife Ann McNulty and I were, and still are, trying to come to terms with our grief at the tragedy of Kathy our lifetime friend being dead. Perhaps I thought they were going to be the kernel of a poem or a piece of dandified prose. Not yet, I am not ready to disturb them.

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