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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AUG - OCT 2013
The Cork International Short Story Festival
18 - 22 September, 2013
Readings by Patrick McCabe, Michele Roberts, Julian Gough, Deborah Levy, Billy O'Callaghan and many more....
Announcing the winners of the 2013 Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story Competition
Molia Dumbleton--Illinois, USA
'The Way We Carried Ourselves'
Danielle McLaughlin--Co Cork, Ireland
View the runners-up & highly commended authors.
Announcing the winner of the
2013 Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Award!
Tea at the Midland and other stories
Click here for coverage by the Guardian (UK)
MAY - JULY 2013
Seán Ó Faoláin Competition now closed.
to everyone who entered!
Shortlistees and winners will be contacted directly in late August/early September. Subsequently, notice will be posted here on our website and on social media:
Due to the volume of submissions received, we regret that we cannot notify directly
authors of stories that didn't place in the competition. Instead, we recommend they sign up for our newsletter by entering their email address into the form here, where they will be notified of the results as soon as possible.: http://www.munsterlit.ie/#newsletter
Seán Ó Faoláin International
Short Story Competition
Click here for more info.
First Prize: €2,000 (*approx $2602.11/£1700.04), 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 other shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
*Currency exchange amounts via XE.com, calculated 10.04.13. If the winner is from outside Ireland, the amount paid will be the equivalent of €2,000, subject to market changes as determined by the bank in September 2013.
Poetry International Web - Ireland
The Munster LIterature Centre and editor Billy Ramsell produce the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Trevor Joyce, Bríd Ní Mhóráin
& Paul Perry
Announcing the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist
More about the award at www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net
Coverage of the Frank O'Connor Award at the Guardian.
Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Competition
We are pleased to announce the jury and longlist for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. A record seventy-five eligible entries were received this year. On the list there are One Swiss, thirty-one American, thirteen British, eight Irish, seven Canadian, four Australian, two Indian, two Nigerian, two Singaporean, two South African authors. The jury this year consists of non-voting chairman Patrick Cotter, the short story writer John F. Deane and editors Cathy Galvin & Brigid Hughes.
New Co-Sponsor: We are delighted to announce that the award has new co-sponsors. Joining Cork City Council as award funders are the Boole Library and the School of English at University College Cork. Their involvement means we can sustain the value of the award in a time when our country is facing severe economic hardship.
MARCH - APRIL 2013
Tutor: Mary Leland
Begins 23 April 2013
Course runs 6 weeks, 23 April - 28 May (Tuesdays, 7- 9pm)
Maximum participants: 11
Venue: The Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street, Cork
Tuition Fee: €120 (€100 concs.)
To Book: ring (021) 431-2955 or email info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie
Click here for course description
and tutor's bio note.
Applications now accepted from Cork writers for
Shanghai Writer's Residency
part of the Cork - Shanghai Twinning Initiative
Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday April 19th.
Click here for more information.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2013
The Munster Literature Centre regrets the passing of Nora Browne, former board member and long-time supporter of the literary arts in Ireland.
Details from Irish Examiner below
|BROWNE (Cork): On February 25, 2013, peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of Marymount Hospice, NORA M, Glasheen Road (retired Deputy Librarian, UCC and Member of Neocatechumenate), beloved daughter of the late Charlie and Elizabeth, much loved first cousin and special friend of Nora, Henry, Breeda and the late John and Connie and their spouses and families. Sadly missed also by her cousins in America and her many other cousins, neighbours and friends, especially Myrrha. Requiescat in pace. Reposing at Marymount Hospice Mortuary on today (Tuesday) from 5pm to 6pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, The Lough. Requiem Mass on tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St Finbarr's Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, in lieu to Marymount Hospice.
THE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
(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.
Congratulations to the 2013
Gregory O'Donoghue International
Poetry Competition winners!
1st Prize: 'The Conversation'
by Judith Barrington of Oregon, USA
2nd Prize: 'in the space between'
by Gerry Boland of Roscommon, Ireland
3rd Prize: 'Sashimi'
by Maya Catherine Popa of New York, USA
Visit the Gregory O'Donoghue competition page to view
the Highly Commended and Longlisted poems, along with statements by judge Thomas McCarthy.
It is with huge personal sadness that the staff of the Munster Literature Centre regrets the sudden passing of the poet and friend Dennis O’Driscoll. Dennis will be missed not only for his own wonderful poetry but for his immense personal generosity and friendship. Visit the Cork Spring Poetry Festival page to find out more about our plans to celebrate the memory of this well-loved poet.
Click here to read two poems by Dennis O'Driscoll in Southword Journal.
The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.
at the MLC
begins 21 October
10 - 13 February
Southword Issue 28
New issue, free to read online.
Fool For Poetry
& Virginia Astley
Fool for Poetry
Thanks to those
Short Story Festival
Short Story Award
World's richest prize
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council.
Seán Ó Faoláin
Thank you to