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Welcome to the Munster
Literature Centre

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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THE FRANK O'CONNOR INTERNATIONAL

SHORT STORY AWARD

 

Frank O'Connor

 

The Munster Literature regrets to announce that the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is to be discontinued in 2016. The award was established in 2005 in an effort to increase the profile of the short story form on the literary scene, and to reward those who were judged to have written the best collection of stories that year. Serving our ethos of innovation and development, The Munster Literature Centre announced a new opportunity in the world of short story writing: The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship. This programme is aimed at bringing accomplished international writers in contact with new and emerging Irish short story writers.

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Winners of the Frank O'Connor
International Short Story Award

 

Carys DaviesYoung Skins Colin BarrettTea at the MidlandNathan Englander

 

View winning and shortlisted titles by year

2015

Congratulations to 2015 laureate Carys Davies for her collection The Redemption of Galen Pike!

 

The Redemption of Galen PikeCarys Davies

 

Learn more about this collection at Salt Publishing.

 

2015 Judges: Clive Sinclair, Ladette Randolph
& Eibhear Walshe

The Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is an annual award of €25,000 and is currently the world's richest prize for the short story form. The award is in memory of the late Frank O'Connor, one of the world's most renowned short story writers. The award, organised by the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council, is presented in O'Connor's hometown of Cork, Ireland, at the end of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival. The prize is awarded to the author of the book judged to be the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world in the twelve months between a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. If a translated book wins, the purse is shared equally between the author and translator. For more information please visit our dedicated award website:

 

The 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist

 

Karen Bender Carys Davies book Tony Early Book
Refund by Karen E. Bender The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies Mr. Tall by Tony Earley
Kirsty Gunn book Thomas McGuane book Alejandro Zambra book
Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn Crow Fair by Thomas McGuane My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

2014

 

The winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
is Colin Barrett for his début collection from Stinging Fly Press, Young Skins.

 

Colin Barrett

 

'Frank O'Connor short story award goes to "new, young genius Colin Barrett" (Guardian, UK)

'Mayo writer Colin Barrett wins Frank O'Connor Award with début collection' (Irish Times)

'Colin Barret takes short story award' (Irish Independent)


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The 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist

 

 

Young Skins AL Kennedy Redeployment
Young Skins by Colin Barrett All the Rage by A.L. Kennedy Redployment by Phil Klay
Ben Marcus Lorrie Moore Laura Van Den Berg
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus Bark by Lorrie Moore The Isle of Youth by Laura Van Den Berg

 

 

More about the award at
www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net

Coverage of the Frank O'Connor Award at the Guardian.


Click here to view the 2014 longlist.

2013

Winner: David Constantine's Tea at the Midland and Other Stories

 

David ConstantineFrank O'Connor Award

 

David Constantine's
Tea at the Midland and other stories

 

Click here for coverage by the Guardian (UK)

 


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The 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist

 

 

 

Tea at the Midland by David Constantine Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy Black Vodka by Deborah Levy
Tea at the Midland by David Constantine Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy Black Vodka by Deborah Levy
Black Dahlia & White Rose by Joyce Carol Oates We're Flying by Peter Stamm Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
Black Dahlia & White Rose by Joyce Carol Oates We're Flying by Peter Stamm Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

 

 

More about the award at
www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net

Coverage of the Frank O'Connor Award at the Guardian.


Click here to view the 2013 longlist.

2012

Winner: Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Nathan EnglanderWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Judges: James Harpur, Mary Leland & Anne Luttrell.

 

The 2012 Shortlist

 

Dark Lies the Island shortlisted for Frank O'Connor Award What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall
Suddenly A Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International short story award Trouble with Fire by Fiona Kidman shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
Suddenly a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret The Trouble with Fire by Fiona Kidman Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo

 

2011

Winner: Edna O'Brien's Saints & Sinners

Edna O'BrienSaints & Sinners

Judges: Alannah Hopkin, Thomas McCarthy, & Chris Power

 

The 2011 Shortlist

 

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl Light Lifting Saints and Sinners
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod Saints and Sinners by Edna O'Brien
Death is Not an Option The Empty Family Marry Or Burn
Death is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín Marry or Burn by Valerie Trueblood

2010

Winner: Ron Rash's Burning Bright

Ron RashBurning Bright

Judges: Mary Morrissy, Nadine O'Regan, & Diana Reich

 

The 2010 Shortlist

 

Mattaponi Queen Wild Child If I Loved You I Would Tell You This
Mattaponi Queen by Belle Boggs

Wild Child by T.C. Boyle

(This collection was withdrawn from competition as writer could not attend festival.)

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black

The Shieling Burning Bright What the World Will Look Like When the Water Leaves Us
The Shieling by David Constantine Burning Bright by Ron Rash What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura Van Den Berg
2009

Winner: Simon Van Booy's Love Begins in Winter

Simon Van BooyWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Judges: Lloren Foster, Milka Jankowska, & Vincent McDonnell

 

The 2009 Shortlist

 

An Elegy for Easterly Singularity Ripples and Other Stories
An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw Ripples and Other Stories by Shih-Li Kow
The Pleasant Light of Day Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Love Begins in Winter
The Pleasant Light of Day by Philip Ó Ceallaigh Everything Ravaged, Everything Burnedby Wells Tower Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy

2008

Winner: Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa LahiriUnaccustomed Earth

Judges: Eileen Battersby, Rosalind Porter & Liam Ronayne.

 

No shortlist was announced in 2008.

Read Guardian article 'Jhumpa Lahiri jumps the shortlist to the world's richest prize'.

 

2007

Winner: Miranda July's No One Belongs Here More Than You

Miranda JulyNo One Belongs Here More Than You

Judges: Segun Afolabi, Rick Moody and Nuala Ní Chonchúir

 

The 2007 Shortlist

 

Opportunity No One Belongs Here More than You Missing Kissinger
Opportunity by Charlotte Grimshaw No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July Missing Kissinger by Etgar Keret
The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue Valentines The Separate Heart
The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Muñoz Valentines by Olaf Olafsson The Separate Heart by Simon Robson

 

2006

Winner: Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

(Award shared with translators Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel)

Haruki MurakamiBlind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Judges: Claire Keegan, Maurice A. Lee, Toby Litt, Thomas McCarthy, and Silke Scheuermann

 

The 2006 Shortlist

 

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Notes From a Turkish Whorehouse The First Hurt
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse by Philip Ó Ceallaigh The First Hurt by Rachel Sherman
In the Strange Gardens Rose Tremain Royal Ghosts
In the Strange Gardens by Peter Stamm The Darkness of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain The Royal Ghosts by Samrat Upadhyay
2005

Winner of the inaugural Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award:
Yiyun Li's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Yiyun LiA Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Judges: Desmond Hogan, James Lasdun, Mary Leland, Val McDermid, and Hansjörg Schertenleib

 

The 2005 Shortlist

 

Natasha Blackbird House Corpus Christi
Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozig Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnston
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers The Secret Goldfish The Turning
A Thousand Years
of Good Prayers

by Yiyun Li
The Secret Goldfish by David Means The Turning by Tim Winton

 

   

 

 

 

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now open.
Deadline
31 May 2016

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Danielle McLaughlin

Evening fiction
workshops
coming soon.

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Southword Issue 29

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in
autumn.

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

2015 Laureate:
Carys Davies

Carys Davies

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
and
Cork City Council
.

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Opens
May 2016

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 winners
announced!

 

 
 
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The Munster Literature Centre
   

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