Welcome to the Munster
Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.
In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork's most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival.In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland's most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the FOC festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Literary Festival each year, at which the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is awarded (established 2010).
Workshops are held by featured authors in both autumn and spring, allowing the general public to receive creative guidance in an intimate setting for a minimal fee. In addition, the centre sponsors a Writer in Residence each year. We invite you to browse our website for further information regarding our events, Munster literature, and other literary information. Should you have any queries, we would be happy to hear from you.
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Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Closing Date Approaches!
now open for submissions! Deadline 31 May 2015
1st & 2nd prize winners will each have their manuscript published, and will receive 50 complimentary copies of their chapbooks. One winner guaranteed to be a debutante publication.
1st prize to receive €1000 & 2nd prize to receive €500 along with Forward Prize nomination
and consideration for Cork Spring Poetry Festival reading in 2016.
25 - 50 more will receive commendations.
How to Enter
Poetry Workshop with Matthew Sweeney
6 week course for €120 (100 concs.)
Thursdays, 7 - 9PM. Max 12 students (lower age limit 16)
25 June - 30 July 2015
Click here for class description
and information on how to register.
THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN SHORT
2015 competition now open for submissions! Deadline 31 July.
First Prize: €2,000
(approx $2153/£1431 in April 2015), publication in the literary journal Southword,
AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat.
Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword.
Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication
in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
Guidelines, rules and information here.
Fool for Poetry
Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry
2014 winners Virginia Astley & Victoria Kennefick
Buy their winning chapbooks at our online bookshop.
Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.
Seán Ó Faoláin
Southword Issue 27A
New issue, free to read online.
Fool for Poetry
31 May 2015
Fool For Poetry
& Virginia Astley
Short Story Festival
23 - 26 September
Short Story Award
World's richest prize
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council.
at the MLC