Call for Submissions

Does  the Erne River – from its source in County Cavan, following its route through Counties Cavan, Fermanagh and Donegal to where it flows into the ocean at Ballyshannon– inspire you? The river is an influential presence in the lives of those who live on or near its banks, and for others too. Fermanagh Writers is looking for fresh, exciting voices with a wealth of viewpoints to pen stories and poems spawned by the Erne.
Writers are invited to submit stories and poems to Fermanagh Writers for consideration to be included in Loughshore Lines, a collection of writings inspired by the Erne River. We want writing that is creative and original (but no memoir, please), and with a strong link to the Erne River. Stories – maximum 2000 words, and poems – maximum 40 lines. The book will be released in late autumn 2021.

As well as having your writing included in Loughshore Lines, several contributors will have the chance to perform their work at events in Cavan, Enniskillen and Ballyshannon in November and December. Also, all contributors to the book are invited to participate in Improving Your Performance Skills workshops tutored by actor, Patrick McEneaney.

The editors, Jenny Brien and John Monaghan, will select the writings to be included in the book. The editors’ decision is final. Copyright for each piece of writing remains with the author.

Submit your stories and poems to Fermanagh Writers at  by 1st September.

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

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

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 and we will include them below.

An Ambush for the Imagination

I’m a big fan of writing workshops. It doesn’t matter to me what the genre is; I find that I can always learn something new about the craft of writing. I write poetry primarily so, naturally, I am a little more excited when the session is tutored by a poet. In August 2018 Fermanagh Writers hosted well-known Dublin poet and writer Colm Keegan for a full-day workshop. Colm called it Poetry in Motion and during the course of the day he certainly kept our pens in motion. He also said it was an ambush for your imagination and that was very true in my case.

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