Call for Submission
The Same Page is a Cork-based print anthology by UCC Creative Writing Post Graduate alumni
We are currently working on publication and have a particular interest in publishing poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction.
The submission deadline to be included in the 2021 Anthology is February 19th.
The theme for submissions is:
“Blue is the colour of distance”
- Tennessee Williams
All interpretations are encouraged. If you would like to submit, please consider the guidelines in full.
We look forward to reading your work,
Same Page Team
What We Publish
We publish new, previously unpublished work by graduates of the UCC Creative Writing MA. Each issue includes 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 February 19th – contact details below
- Submit all work as an email attachment in a word document (.docx) along with a brief author bio
- No more than one submission in each category can be submitted during any one submission period (Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry)
- 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- Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere.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
Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate.
Depending on funding, we hope to pay a nominal fee to contributors to the anthology.
Any profits made from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Sexual Violence Center Cork.
Please send all submissions and queries to
The School of English is delighted to announce that the 2021 Writer-in-Residence will be Eimear Ryan. Eimear Ryan’s debut novel, Holding Her Breath, will be published by Penguin Sandycove in June 2021. Her writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, The Long Gaze Back (New Island) and Town & Country (Faber). She is a co-founder of Banshee Press, an independent publisher that produces a literary journal, Banshee, and a select list of books.
The Writer-in-Residence role is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC.
Congratulations to Laura Mc Kenna ! Her novel, Words to Shape My Name, will be published by New Island in 2021 and this forthcoming novel is one of the recommendations made by Joseph O’Connor in The Irish Times, where he wrote praising her ‘powerful historical fiction debut.’
Also recommended was Director of Creative Writing, Eibhear Walshe, for his novel, The Last Day at Bowen’s Court .
Congratulations to the Creative Writing students in UCC. The latest edition of The Quarryman has arrived, with a wealth of contributions from under-graduate and post-graduate writers in UCC.
Well done to all involved, especially to the English Literature Society for producing such innovative and exciting work in these very difficult times !
Congratulations to MA graduates Breda Joyce and Irene Halpin Long who were both shortlisted in the Fish Publishing Lockdown contest. A total of 131 poems were published as part of the shortlist of 1,400 entries and all proceeds collected by Fish via submission fees went to Oxfam.
Well done to you both!
Congratulations to our MA in Creative Writing students who feature prominently in this brand new anthology of Cork writers and writing, edited by Liam Ronayne, and published by Cork City Library.
Betty O’Mahony, Cathy Ryan, Daniel Johnson, Debra Fotheringham, Elaine Desmond, Margaret O’Driscoll and Nejla Gaylen, all currently completing their MAs, appear alongside well-know names including Alannah Hopkin, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Billy O’Callaghan, Billy Ramsell, Cethan Leahy, Danielle McLaughlin, Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Gerry Murphy, James Harpur, John FitzGerald, Kathy D’Arcy, Madeleine D’Arcy Lane, Mary Leland, Mary Noonan, Matthew Geden, Patrick Cotter, Paul Casey and William Wall.
The volume is intended to be the first of regular editions to highlight Cork as a writers’ city, and to draw attention to its four significant literary festivals (Cork International Poetry Festival, Cork World Book Festival, Cork International Short Story Festival and the Winter Warmer Festival) as well as the key hubs, O’Bhéal and Fiction at the Friary as well as other literary venues.
The winner of our “Creative Corona” poetry translation competition is Martina Ní Mheachair for her English version of Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhaigh’s poem, “einín/francach”. She is a UCC alumna and is currently a research fellow at the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig University in Scotland.
The competition attracted 40 entries and Ailbhe, who adjudicated the competition, was very impressed by the high standard of the translations. “It was a pleasure to read the various interpretations of “einín/francach,” she said.
But what impressed her about “bird/rat”, the winning entry, was its handling of competing elements. “A translator of poetry has to wrestle with content, tone and form, all the while wavering between faithfulness and flair. While many of the entries were strong on fidelity or ingenuity, the winning translation balanced these elements with commendable elegance.”
Dr Ní Mheachair will win E100 and a copy of Ailbhe’s latest volume, a bilingual collection entitled, The Coast Road, from Gallery Press.
Two runner-up places were also awarded to Laura Ryan and Joanne McCarthy, who will each receive copies of Ailbhe’s book.
The competition was run in conjunction with “Creative Corona” an online platform that ran throughout April on this site – http://creativewritingucc.com/www/creative-corona-day-1/ – with selected writings from students, graduates and writers associated with the MA in Creative Writing at UCC.
Here is the winning entry:
bird / rat
starting in the bush is that a bird – or a rat
a staycation or internment being stuck in the flat
will the sea continue to ebb and to flow
will we ever see the summer’s glow
had you best cover your face to show compassion
is it true that face masks are now the fashion
do you listen to buds as they bloom
are you obsessed with the latest from the newsroom
have you brought with you your ration book
will you share with me what you cook
your next-door neighbours, are you able to say
if they’re flouting regulations night and day
avoid the old, beware your nephew and niece,
careful now of this fragile peace
dancing at home to blinding lights
numbers of patients reaching new heights
have you Insta‘d your sourdough with a grin
and practised yoga for a personal win
does the anxiety manifest as a weight in your chest
are you ready for the disaster with which we’ll contest
was Chicken Licken right after all
or is the sky not going to fall
– o creature, o man, will you be my downfall?
Martina Ní Mheachair
éinín / francach
an éinín atá ag bíogadh sa sceach – nó francach
an staycation é seo nó tamall sa charcair
an leanfaidh an mhuir ag tuilleadh is ag trá
an gcífear go brách an samhradh bán
an fearr do ghnúis a chumhdach feasta
an bhfuil masc aghaidhe anois sa bhfaisean
an éisteann tú le bachlóga ag péacadh
bhfuilir gafa le bratbhuamáil an nuachta
ar thug tú leat do leabhar ciondála
an roinnfeá liom sciar den cháca
an dream béal dorais, ar thugais faoi deara
iad ag sárú rialacha oíche is maidin
seachain seanóirí agus seachain aosánaigh
fainic anois an tsíocháin bhradach
sáil agus barraicín timpeall an tí
bardaí an ospidéil ag cur thar maoil
bhfuil pictiúr den sourdough in airde ar Insta
is do chleachtas ióga ina údar gaisce
an luíonn an imní mar ualach ar d’ucht
bhfuilir ullamh don tubaiste atá le teacht
an raibh an ceart ag cearc an phrompa
nó an bhfanfaidh an spéir in airde tamall eile
– agus an baol dom thú a chréatúir, a dhuine?
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh