for writers on the Beara peninsula in Ireland. It has since expanded considerably, with its readership and biannual competitions now having an international following.
We welcome contact with anyone who is interested in the kinds of writing that can be found in our Online Anthology. If you are interested in contributing, please see our submissions page. Feedback is also welcome via the contact form
For those interested in meeting others on Beara who write, or want to write, there are active writers' groups, such as our regular open poetry sessions on the last Friday of the month in Castletownbere. For details, see our Poetry Friday section, or you can contact us for more information. We also organise readings, courses and workshops from time to time; see our events & info page for the latest information.
We invite you to submit poems for this year's Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2022
We are delighted to announce that Philip Gross has agreed to judge this year.
Click here to read more about him and his work
We will be awarding:
a first prize of €500, a second prize of €200 a third prize of €100
Follow this link for full details of the competition, including our entry form and entry terms and conditions
The closing date for entries is June 29th, 23.59 (your time zone),
For results of some of our previous competitions, and a selection of successful entries,
please scroll down and click on the links below
We welcome submissions of poetry and prose ( fiction or nonfiction ) for the website. We welcome good writing of any kind from any source. Considerations of space mean that any submission should be 40 lines or fewer ( poems ) or 800 words or fewer ( prose ), and we carry no more than 4 contributions per author.
All submissions should be original work, previously unpublished, and in copyright of the author submitting; by sending us a submission you are confirming that this is so, and we accept this in good faith. Your ownership of copyright is unaffected by posting on this website.
All submissions should be made in writing; please use our contact form in the first instance to let us know of your interest. Submissions will be considered by a small editorial collective; we aim to respond within four weeks, but hope to do so more promptly. Editorial decisions are final, we are not able to offer feedback or critique.
Successful submissions will be posted for about six months, unless otherwise agreed.
You may find these websites interesting and useful
The Sarah Walker Gallery on the pier in the Castletownbere This is a remarkably light space displaying work by Sarah Walker and local artists and hosts many special nights of music and theatre. For more information, visit her website here.
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat Anam Cara Artist's and Writer's Retreat provides a calm and beautiful setting for retreats, workshops, and other activities for the creative writer. www.anamcararetreat.com
Dzogchen Beara, Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre, Castletownbere It stands at the edge of the cliff and welcomes people for visits and retreats
Munster Literature Centre A rich resource of literary information, events, and publications from south-west Ireland. www.munsterlit.ie
Magma Poetry A good London-based poetry publisher with a poetry magazine (issue 48 has a poem about Allihies!) and events; the website has news and information, as well as a thoughtful, lively blog. www.magmapoetry.com
Mill Cove Gallery and Sculpture Garden An excellent fine art gallery in a beautiful setting, with paintings, sculpture, and ceramics.
The gallery also hosts arts events: workshops, exhibitions, courses, and competitions — some in collaboration with Hungry Hill Writing.
Regular Local Events ↓ We are now hosting regular open poetry sessions on the last Friday of the month in Castletownbere. For details, see the Poetry Fridays section
We aim to respond to messages within 72 hours
Entries to our competition can only be accepted via our online form here
- not through this contact page
Click here to go to the competition section of our website
We host regular poetry evenings, open to all, on the last Friday of each month. Come and join us at whiteRoom in Castletownbere from 8pm for informal readings ( your own poems or poems by other people ), discussion, or just listening. Come and try it! whiteRoom is a gallery just off The Square — from The Square, head towards the seafront with Beara Action Group on your left, and whiteRoom is a few yards along on your right.
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As a non-profitmaking organisation, we rely rely solely on the small margins of entry fees, donations and publication sales ( and a lot of voluntary work ).
If you would like to help support our activities — and, in particular, our publications and our competitions for young writers —
we shall be very grateful for any donation you feel able to make, using the PayPal button below. Let us know if you would like to
sponsor particular competitions or publications. We are happy to acknowledge your generosity, or you can remain anonymous, as you wish.