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Stony Thursday Book seeks submissions for latest edition



Stony Thursday Book seeks submissions for latest edition

The Stony Thursday Book is once again seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in late-Autumn 2023

The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and this will be its 45th edition, No.19 in the new series, funded by The Arts Council & Limerick City and County Council.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets such as Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke, Knute Skinner, Thomas McCarthy, Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary Coll, Jo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr, Mary O’Donnell, John Davies, Nessa O’Mahony, Martin Dyar, and Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

The Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, is delighted to announce that this year’s Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book is poet and writer Christodoulos Makris, “one of Ireland’s leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics” (The RTÉ Poetry Programme).




The Editor is particularly interested in the potential of poetry, and welcomes submissions in experimental, innovative, unconventional or pioneering forms.

Christodoulos Makris said, “I’m honoured to be asked to edit this year’s 45th edition of The Stony Thursday Book. A mainstay in Limerick’s – and Ireland’s – poetry publishing landscape for decades, its constantly changing face, aided by the radical practice of a rotating editorship, both reflects and encourages engagement with poetry’s constantly evolving concerns, forms and possibilities.

“I look forward to making my mark on this remarkable project, which ultimately depends on the generous contribution of new work from the diversity of poets writing in Limerick and elsewhere, within and beyond Ireland, as well as the vision and support of Limerick City and County Council Arts Office.”

Dr Pippa Little, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council said they are “delighted” with the announcement of Christodoulos as the book editor.

Dr Little said, “Limerick Arts Office is delighted to announce that this year’s Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book is Christodoulos Makris. After launching our last volume at the Belltable last December to great success, we are excited to open the call out to poets for this year’s edition. The Stony Thursday book comes from a long tradition, which at its heart is celebrating the creativity of poetry.

We are thrilled to be working with Christodoulos, and look forward to seeing the new voices this will attract, along with his editorial vision come to life.”

Christodoulos Makris’ latest book of poetry is Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document, published by Veer Books in March 2023. Other recent publications include this is no longer entertainment: A Documentary Poem (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019), the poetry postcard set Browsing History (zimZalla avant objects, 2018), and the interactive digital poetry project sorry that you were not moved (Fallow Media, 2022) in collaboration with Kimberly Campanello. It Reeks of Radio, the result of his commissioned creative engagement with the RTÉ Radio archives held at University College Dublin, is forthcoming with BLR Editions (UCD). Awards include a project commission from Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017), Writer in Residence at Maynooth University (2018-19), and a Literature Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland (2020). He is the poetry editor at gorse journal.

Closing date for receipt of poetry submissions is 5pm, Wednesday 31st May 2023.
Find further information on submissions here.
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