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.
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.
THE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
Now open for submissions through 15 December 2013.
(From October to December annually.)
The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.
1st Prize €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland*.
2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword
3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword
Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers:
2003-2012 Seán Ó Faoláin Prize Anthology
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Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.
Now open !
Deadline 15 December
Pigs' Feet, White Socks
2003-2012 Seán Ó Faoláin
Order your copy online!
Read Southword Journal
Issue 25 now online!
The Cork Spring
Poetry International: Ireland
MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Trevor Joyce, Bríd Ní Mhóráin
& Paul Perry
Short Story Festival
(18 - 23 September)
Seán Ó Faoláin
Open to entries
May - July
at the MLC
Anthologies & Translations
Visit our bookstore here.
Munster Literature Centre
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