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Details of our upcoming
Poets Meet Politics 2022 International Open Poetry Competition
will be announced on this website shortly


Hungry Hill Writing was originally established by Jennifer Russell  and John Baylis Post  ( www.errisbegstudio.com )

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.

Lastly, please note that all works on this website are in copyright: ©2011-date the individual authors. You are welcome to use brief quotations of text (suitably acknowledged) for criticism or research, but copying, forwarding, or publication of any whole piece or a substantial part of it is strictly forbidden unless you have written permission in advance from the author. If you want permission, please let us know via the contact form and we’ll put you in touch with the right person.


Below are our published anthologies that are available to buy. Click on 'more info for purchase links.


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All submissions should be original work, previously unpublished, and in copyright of the author submitting; by sending us a submission you are confirming that this is so, and we accept this in good faith.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.

Online Anthology

Artificial Intelligence - Kate Ennals

Epiphany - John Baylis Post

The War Memorial - Jennifer Russell

Lune for Invoking Rain - Micheál McCann

Our Lady of Good Counsel - Jac Shortland

Mother - Evelyn Casey

Then Why Aren't Ya Smiling - Ceara Conway

The Old Man - Kate Ennals

Here it ended - Stephen Martin

Red Shoes - Sheila O'Neil

Rorschach Test - Paul Larochelle

The Invisible - Karen O'Connor

What Phoebe Hears - Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Aftermath - Maria Merking

Same Pace - Ceara Conway

The Writing on the Wall - Jennifer Russell

Lily - John Baylis Post

That Day - Shobha Mahapatra

Info & Events

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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


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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

Poetry Fridays

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.