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Temporarily closed due to the pandemic

Hello and thank you for your interest in retreating to Anam Cara. From where I sit in my cocoon, it seems that the best we can do at the moment is wait each day to see what the latest developments and instructions are. Because of that, I think we will have to postpone booking retreats until we can find a time that will work safely for everybody. Right now, it sounds like none of us should be going too far from home as well as we should still be spending as little time as possible in close proximity to others. Please let me know how best to reach you, and I'll be in touch as soon as it will be safe to open the retreat for residencies and workshops. In the meantime, I send my best wishes for your safety and good health, Sue

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Competitions Supported by Anam Cara

CELEBRATE POETRY!

WRITE A HAIKU AND/OR SENRYU (or three)

POETRY DAY, 2 MAY 2019

To celebrate Poetry Day in Ireland, Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat in Beara, West Cork, Ireland (www.anamcararetreat.com), is organising and sponsoring a haiku/senryu writing competition. We are looking forward to your joining the celebration with your entry.

Please submit up to three previously unpublished and original haiku (nature based) and/or senryu (human nature based) to Poetry Day Competition at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Subject Line must read ‘Poetry Day Competition’. Please include contact details only on your cover email; each entry should be submitted in a Word doc or PDF with no identifying information and the contact info either in the body of the email or in a separate document.

First Prize: A week's all-inclusive retreat at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Runners Up: A collection of haiku/senryu books published by Alba Publishing

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Winners Announced: 2 May 2019

Judges:  Maeve O'Sullivan and Kim Richardson

You may find the following resources, and guidelines for writing haiku, of interest:

http://www.hsa-haiku.org/archives/HSA_Definitions_2004.html

https://hacketthaiku.com/the-haiku-moment/

http://britishhaikusociety.org.uk/journal/

The judges:

Maeve O’Sullivan works in further education in Dublin. Her poems and haiku have been widely published, anthologized, awarded and translated. She has published four collections with Alba Publishing: Initial Response, Vocal Chords, A Train Hurtles West and Elsewhere. Maeve is a founder of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop and Haiku Ireland and performs with the Poetry Divas. She also leads workshops in haiku and writes book reviews for various literary journals.

Kim Richardson works in publishing and lives near London, England. He mostly writes and publishes haiku and haibun, his work appearing regularly in haikai journals. He has also had work anthologised and is a past winner of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award. Double Rainbow (2005) – co-authored with Maeve O’Sullivan – and Night Ferry (2018, shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2018) constitute his published collections. www.albapublishing.com

  Competition Results

 

Fish Publishing Short Story and Poetry Competitions

Fish Publishing Short Story and Poetry Competitions

Anam Cara awards Second Prize -- a week's retreat -- in the Fish Publishing Fish Publishing Short Story Competition and Fish Publishing Poetry Competition competitions.

Fish Short Story Prize

The Fish Short Story Prize was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons. (Past honorary patrons were Frank McCourt and Dermot Healy).

Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career. Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

Fish Poetry Prize

The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O’Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Durcan, Ruth Padel, Nick Laird and Jo Shapcott.

You can read poems published in previous Fish Anthologies. Critique Service is for poets who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time. Poetry Writing Course online. Mentoring for poets who require ongoing appraisal.

Munster Literature Centre logo

Munster Literature Centre's Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

In addition to €2000, Anam Cara offers a week's residency to the winner of the Munster Literature Centre's Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition for single short story (in English, to writers of any nationality). The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to August annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists.

If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will provide hotel accommodation, meals and drinks at the Cork International Short Story Festival held annually in September. The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

For more information, including submission guidelines, visit www.munsterlit.ie or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, (Irish Registered Charity No.12374), and all proceeds go to benefit writers and writing.

Irish Writers Centre Bursary for Irish Language Writer

Irish Writers Centre Bursary for Irish Language Writer

The Irish Writers Centre and Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat are delighted to partner together to offer a one-week residency to an Irish language writer. The bursary includes fully- subsidised accommodation and meals. The successful candidate can choose a time for their week-long residency subject to availability. This is an open call to writers resident in the island of Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of prose or poetry in the Irish language which has been published by a recognised publisher.

In addition to the residency offered to and Irish language writer, Anam Cara and the Irish Writers Centre are working together to sponsor an exchange between Irish and Norwegian writers. The first such exchange took place in 2017.

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize

Strokestown Poetry Festival (www.strokestownpoetry.org) is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. You may enter as early and as often as you choose for an entry fee of €6.00 per poem. Shortlisted poets will also be published in the forthcoming festival anthology, alongside the work of the judges and other featured readers at the festival.

  • 1st Prize: €2,000 plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat
  • 2nd Prize €700
  • 3rd Prize €500
  • Reading fees of €300 for 5 shortlisted poets

Exponent II Personal Essay Competition

Exponent II Personal Essay Competition

The winner of this contest will receive a one-week stay at Anam Cara, the writers’ retreat in Ireland owned and operated by former Exponent II editor Sue Booth Forbes.

Submissions must be between 700 – 2000 words. Exponent II (www.exponentii.org) only publishes work by women. Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..