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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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Gregory O'DonoghueTHE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
POETRY COMPETITION


(From September to November 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.

 

*(First prize roughly equivalent to $1326.70 USD/ £799.94 GBP @ xe.com on 21st August 2014. Payments will be subject to exchange rates valid on date payment is issued. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival.) The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, an officially registered charity in the Republic of Ireland Charity. No. 12374. All entry fees received in this competition will be disbursed in prize money, judge's fee and to fund services the Centre provides to writers and readers.

 

 

 

 

 

More About the Prize

The Judge

Fees and Deadlines

Submission Guidelines

Previous Winners

Southword Journal

 

More About the Prize

 

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1326.70 USD/ £799.94 GBP @ xe.com on 21st August 2014), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.

 

The winners will be notified by late January. Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up-to-date with all competition developments directly.

 

We would kindly request that entrants refrain from emailing to check the status of their poems. Withdrawn poems will not be eligible for refunds.

The 2015 Judge: Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Born in Donegal in 1952, Matthew Sweeney is based in Cork currently, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timişoara and, for a long time, London. His latest poetry collections are Horse Music (2013), The Night Post (2010), and Black Moon (2007). Several books prior to that include Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002). Bilingual collections of Sweeney’s work came out in Germany and Holland in 2008. Earlier translations appeared in Mexico, Romania, Latvia and Slovakia. Death Comes for the Poets, a collaborative novel written with John Hartley Williams, was published in 2013. Two pamphlets are appearing in 2014 – The Gomera Notebook (Shoestring) and Twentyone Men and a Ghost (The Poetry Business) – and Bloodaxe will publish a new collection, Inquisition Lane, in 2015.

 

It is planned to have a rotating judge each year. Past judges have included Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur, Leanne O'Sullivan and Patrick Cotter. The judge will read each and every entry themselves; in many other competitions entries are screened and longlisted by preliminary readers, not so for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize.

 

 

Fees and Deadlines

 

The competition will open for entries each autumn. To be notified about competition news, sign up for our newsletter or join our Facebook page. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. (Postal entries from outside of Ireland and the UK must be paid by Paypal. No cheques, cash or postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, please. Additionally, we cannot accept postal orders from the UK) Closing date for entries is November 30th 2014. A result will be reached by late January 2015, with a shortlist published on our website at that time. The winners will be contacted individually and announced publicly during the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2015. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for details on how to enter.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged anonymously, the entrant's name and contact details, along with the title(s) of the poem(s) submitted must be on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please quote the receipt number and the email address payment was issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your name should not appear on the same page as the poem to ensure anonymity. No entry form is necessary.

3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. For postal entries from UK entrants, you may pay UK£5 per poem, or UK£20 per batch of five. Entrants outside of Ireland & the UK must pay by Paypal--the correct Euro amount will be deducted from your account or credit card in your own currency. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Withdrawn poems (for any reason) will not be eligible for refunds. Cheques and drafts from Ireland and the UK must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE. No cash. No postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland, please, as they cannot be redeemed outside of the country of origin. (Postal Orders purchased within the Republic of Ireland are a suitable form of payment.)

Our secure online payments are handled by PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account;
all major credit and debit cards will be accepted.

Number of Poems
 

To identify your payment:
  • Please note the Receipt Number that PayPal gives you on-–screen after completing your payment, and in your payment–-receipt e–mail, and include it in your e–mail submission of poems (or on your postal submission).
  • Additionally, only if your PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name on your e–mail or postal submission. No need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.

Our PayPal options allow payment for up to 5 poems at a time.

The PayPal Process

(N.B. PayPal change the appearance of their pages from time to time. The illustrations below were made in October 2013.)

When you click on the Buy Now button, you will be taken to the PayPal website. You will see something like this:

Paypal process 1

If you don't want to sign up for Paypal, click on 'Don't have a Paypal Account', which will allow you to pay directly by credit or debit card. After clicking, you'll see something like this:

Paypal process 2

Enter your credit/debit card and billing information, & click on the yellow button labeled 'Review & Continue' at the bottom. After you have finished paying, you will receive a receipt at the email address you enter at the bottom of the screen.

4. Closing date is 30th November 2014. Email entries to godcomp(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie. Postal entries must be sent to The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland (no postal/zip code).DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST, PLEASE. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.

5. A result will be reached by late January 2015, with a shortlist published on our website at that time. The winners will be announced at the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2015. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND signing up for the email newsletter, which will ensure that you will receive the results of the competition by email, whether your entry was a winner at this time or not.

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6. If you require acknowledgement of your postal entry, you must submit a self-addressed stamped postcard. SASEs for international entries should include money for IRISH stamps. Please do not include SASEs with American, British or other stamps foreign to Ireland. Instead you may add one dollar or pound to the total of your entry fee to cover the cost of postage.

7. The Judge's decision is final. Due to the large volume of entries anticipated, the judge will not be able to give feedback on an individual basis. We would kindly request that entrants refrain from emailing to check the status of their poems.

8. It would greatly assist us if you let us know how you heard of the competition (whether through mailshot, word of mouth, advertisements, newspaper, website, etc.) with your entry.


ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR EMAIL ENTRIES

Email entries should be submitted as follows:

1. Send your entry to godcomp(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie as a Word document (files ending with ".doc" or ".docx") or .rtf file.
2. Include the poem/poems and cover letter (containing your contact details & Paypal receipt number) as separate documents in the same email.
3. Pay your entry fee through Paypal (link will be posted below when the competition opens). Paypal accepts Mastercard and Visa and guarantees secure transactions and will deduct the fee in your own currency.

You don’t need a PayPal account; all major credit and debit cards will be accepted.

To identify your payment:

  • Please note the Receipt No that PayPal gives you on–screen after completing your payment, and in your payment–receipt e–mail, and include it in your e–mail submission of poems (or on your postal submission).
  • Additionally, only if your PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name on your e–mail or postal submission. No need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.

Our PayPal options allow payment for up to 5 poems at a time.

 
 

 

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Past winners of the Gregory O'Donoghue
International Poetry Competition

 

Judith Barrington
2013 winner:
Judith Barrington
John F Deane
Sandra Ann Winters
Suji Kwock Kim
2010 winner:
John F. Deane
2011 winner:
Sandra Ann Winters
2012 winner:
Suji Kwock Kim

 

Click here to view results of past competitions, including runners-up and commendations.


 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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Poetry International
Current poets:
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Southword Issue 26

Southword Journal

New issue,free to read online.

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014

 

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

Frank O'Connor Award

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

Now closed!
Thank you to all
who entered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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