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This site is a road map to the world of creative writing at UCC.  The School of English offers creative writing at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. See what we do – check out our blog written by students, see the major names in literature who visit our campus, and explore the numerous courses we offer that redefine and broaden what it is to be a 21st century creative writer. 

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Same Page Anthology ; Submission Deadline extended 17th March !


Call for Submissions


The Same Page is a Cork-based print anthology curated by UCC MA in Creative Writing students. We are currently working on a publication and have a particular interest in publishing poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction.


                            Title: Blue Is The Colour Of Distance

                 Work on all subjects welcome or use the title as a prompt.


The submission deadline to be included in the 2021 Anthology is March 17th.

If you would like to submit, please consider the guidelines in full.

Submission Guidelines

What We Publish

We publish new, previously unpublished work: a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside works of non-fiction. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.

How to Submit

  • Submissions should be emailed to the team before March 17th - contact details below
  • Submit all work as an email attachment in a word document (.docx) along with a brief author bio

Please Note

  • Submissions in more than one category are welcome
  • Each category submission should be sent in a separate email
  • Submission emails should be titled “Same Page Submission: Category
  • Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere please notify us immediately – contact details below
  • For poetry submissions, send up to 3 poems. Poems should be submitted together in one single word document
  • All submissions are read. The editors’ decision may not be correct but it is final. We aim to contact everyone within three months of the closing date
  • Copyright remains in all cases with the author. Some work published may also be included on UCC websites

Contact Details

Please send all submissions and queries to







Four Irish authors, Booker and Pulitzer winners on Dublin Literary Award longlist:

Colum McCann, Joseph O’Connor, Anne Griffin, Eibhear Walshe in for €100,000 prize



Libraries worldwide have nominated four Irish authors, two Booker Prize winners and a Pulitzer Prize winner for this year’s €100,000 Dublin Literary Award.

The longlist, which was announced this morning, includes 18 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 30 countries. It features 49 novels, including 10 debuts, significantly down on last year’s record of 156 titles, a consequence of the pandemic shutting libraries and a tightening of entry rules.

The Irish titles nominated are: Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, Irish Novel of the Year in 2019; When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, the bestselling Irish debut of 2019; The Trumpet Shall Sound by Eibhear Walshe, a coup in particular for Somerville Press, the only Irish publisher on the longlist; and Apeirogon by Colum McCann, which was longlisted for last year’s Booker Prize. McCann won the award in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.


Niamh Twomey in the Irish Independent!


Congratulations to UCC Creative Writing graduate Niamh Twomey  who had two poems recently published in the Irish Independent.

Niamh Twomey is a writer from Co Clare, currently living in northern France. Her work has most recently appeared in the Ireland Chair of Poetry Commemorative Anthology, as well as journals such as Crannóg Magazine and Boyne Berries. She holds a BA in English and French and an MA in creative writing, both from University College Cork.


Niamh, pictured below reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in 2019.


after Anna Héloïse (Gérard) Matisse, mother of Henri Matisse


My mother bore me Cadmium yellow

to brighten my sick room;

Burnt Sienna, Cobalt blue

like the sky above Le Cateau-Cambrésis.

Vermillion, Carmine, red

as blood bursting through skin.

Rose Madder like the depths of a pearl.

That day a seed was planted

somewhere among the beets.

All at once a kernel broke,

roots plunged heart-wards,

a Milori green shoot

pierced the canvas of my world

and I began to paint.



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