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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.

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’ was published in October 2015. It was launched by Kathy D’Arcy.
”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 

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2013 Winner

Angela T. 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.


2012 Winner

Annette Skade won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition.

Her book ‘Thimblerig’ is published since July 2013 when it was launched by Ruth Padel in Bantry .

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2011 Winner

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.

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”The poet had something to say and found an interesting way to say it. A lot of the work, such as ‘Billy Collin’s Clothes’ and ‘Innocence’ have a very Muldoonish use and play with language, they are diverse and interesting. These poems use language well and are witty with some striking images.’ – Jean O’Brien

“Cliona O’Connell is a new voice in poetry, a voice both subtle and familiar.  A great namer of things, a creator of prayerful descriptions in poems like ‘Late Snow,’ ‘Performer’ and ‘Ikea,’ she arrests the passing world with an unerring emotional attentiveness. Here is modern, relaxed verse craft, laden with feelings as deep as ‘Fado’ and wit as sharp as ‘Damselfly.’ – Thomas McCarthy

Keep an eye on Bradshaw Books for further updates.

Entry Form

Please click the link below to access the application form and guidelines for entry.



CLR 2016 Rules

 Poets will make an initial submission of 5-10 of their best poems.No more than 40 lines per page and no more than 10 pages in total.

  • Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the text. Completed entry form should be sent on a separate sheet of paper and enclosed in a sealed envelope.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a €20.00 registration fee. (This fee covers the cost of reading and handling, judge’s fees, etc.) The fee may be paid through the Paypal system on the Bradshaw Books website (note: please quote payment reference number on the entry form). Alternatively, entrants may enclose a cheque or postal order with their submissions for the entry fee amount, made payable to Bradshaw Books.
  • Entries must arrive no later than 5.00p.m, March 7th 2016.
  • Shortlisted poets will be announced at the beginning of April 2016 and will be contacted by Bradshaw Books to submit their full collection. The winner and two runners-up will be announced in June 2016.
  • The winner’s collection will be published by Bradshaw Books in 2016.

Please note:

 All work submitted should be previously unpublished as a full manuscript. However, individual poems may have been published in journals or have been entered into competitions, as long as the copyright is currently with the poet.

  • Manuscripts will only be returned if accompanied by a SAE.
  • The purpose of this competition is to publish a full collection of poetry by an emerging poet. In the event that the winning poet is not able to provide the competition with a complete collection, the runner-up will be awarded the prize of a first poetry collection publication.
  • Submissions which fail to meet these terms will not be forwarded for judging.
  • The poetry competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will be sent by email.
  • Copyright of the poetry returns to the poet one year after publication of the collection. Copyright of the collection remains with Bradshaw Books.
  • No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.
  • Poems cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered.
  • The winner’s collection will be published by Bradshaw Books in 2016.

 Online submissions

 Bradshaw Books is pleased to announce the facility of online submissions for this year’s competition

  • Online submissions need to be sent to
  • Poetry text should be attached to downloaded entry form, which will contain the Paypal number for entry fee payment.