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.
Fool for Poetry 2014
International Chapbook Competition
Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry
Two winners will each have their manuscript published,
receive €500 and fifty complimentary copies of their chapbook.
At least one winner will be a debutante with no book
or chapbook published previously.
For full details and submission guidelines please click here
Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers:
2003-2012 Seán Ó Faoláin Prize Anthology
Order your copy online!
Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.
The Frank O'Connor
International Short Story Award
is open for submissions
until March 18, 2014.
Entry details here
Read Southword Journal
Now Accepting Submissions of
Poetry and Short Stories in English and Gaeilge
until March 18, 2014
Issue 25 now online!
Poetry International: Ireland
MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Alan Jude Moore & Macdara Wood
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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