Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition

We are happy to announce that the International Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition will be re-launched on the 12th of October 2015 (entries will not be accepted before that date). The prize includes the publication of a first poetry collection by the winning author and twenty free copies of the book. The overall competition winner and two runners-up will also be featured in the next edition of the prestigious Cork Literary Review.

Unfortunately, this year’s competition due to unforeseen circumstances won’t be going ahead.

All  entry fees paid up to date will be refunded.

The closing date for the competition is 5.00pm March 7th 2016.

Judge for 2016

The judge for the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition for 2016 will be Poet Joseph Woods.

Joseph Woods is a poet and was Director of Poetry Ireland from 2001 to 2013. His collections Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) and Bearings (2005) were both published by the Worple Press, UK. For his first book, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Dedalus Press gathered his first two collections in one volume entitled Cargo (2010) and in May 2011 they published his third collection Ocean Letters.

‘A poet with the whole world in his hip-pocket.’ — James J McAuley

‘The colour is electrifying, as in ‘Private Language’… Elsewhere in ‘Trans-Siberian’ or ‘Interview’ it is muted and controlled… If Woods is technically expert it is not to dazzle but to reveal his subject matter… His work as a whole shows an impressive reach and range.’

Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin on Sailing to Hokkaido

2014 Winner

Madelaine Nerson Mac Namara won 2014 CLR Manuscript Competition.

Her book ‘The Riddle of Waterfalls’ will be published in October 2015.

”Such strength is in these poems. In a world dominated by masculinities of every kind, her poetic voice comes through; brave, beautiful and clear. France and Ireland, dance and intimacy, war and remembrance, these poems are a harvest.” – Thomas McCarthy

2013 Winner


Angela Carr is our 2013 winner with her collection ‘How to Lose Your Home and Save Your Life’.Her website is well worth a visit for a sneaky preview of this winner.

“Is a remarkably cohesive and carefully crafted collection of poetry. The voice is refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post boom, debt-ridden, urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living. The poem or poetry can often get lost when dealing with themes like these but in this collection, it’s saved. The author keeps our attention by constantly varying form, keeping language taut and humour wry, ultimately the focus is on the fragility of lives lived or endured. There are forays into the modern pastoral, love and loss and a number of outstanding individual poems, Ruby Bridges Goe to School to name just one. A poem of someone else’s experience so poignantly rendered, it assures the reader we can trust this author and know that there is much more to come.” – Joseph Woods



2012 Winner


Annette Skade won the 2012 Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her book ‘Thimblerig’    is published since July 2013 when it was launched by Ruth Padel in Bantry .

To keep you up to date please visit her website

‘There are strong poems rooted in the West Cork landscape; and the sea, aptly, in all its humours, lays a mesmeric soundtrack beneath considerations of luck and fortune and the cosmic joke that creation may well be. Always there is language reaching to say more than the words themselves allow, to transform the quotidian and mirror it back at us as pure magic.’ – Paula Meehan





2011 Winner

white space


Cliona O’Connell’s winning collection, White Space was launched in Poetry Ireland on 23 February 2012. It          was  launched by Jean O’Brien, 2011 judge of the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition.