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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JULY - SEPTEMBER 2016
Cork International Short Story Festival
September 7th - 10th
The Cork International Short Story Festival's full programme is now up online. In recognition of these times of austerity many events are free and all the rest are priced at €5 each. A full set of tickets costs €55 and the first 30 to book the full set will receive a complimentary copy of Neil Jordan's seminal short story collection Night in Tunisia. As well as Neil the festival features Polly Sampson, Zsuzsi Gartner, Gerard Woodward, John Boyne, Alan Heathcock, Donal Ryan, many other well known names and as usual, brilliant new names you will never have heard of before but which will be common knowledge in the years ahead. There will be spotlights on the journals Banshee, Long Story Short, a Fiction Introductions Reading and the annual stimulating, controversial panel discussion. Zsuzsi Gartner's masterclass workshop is almost sold out but we have only just begun taking bookings for Alan Heathcock's four-morning workshop suitable for beginner and experienced alike. All details are here:
*PLEASE NOTE: the time listed in the front of the festival brochure for Aidan Mathews is incorrect. This reading will take place on Wednesday, 7th September at 8.30pm at St. Anne's Church (Shandon Bells).
Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship
Announcement of mentorship recipients
The mentorship bursaries have been awarded to Marie Gethins of Passage West, Cork, and David Brennan of Cork. The two runners-up are Eimear Ryan of Cork, and Micheál ó Siocháin of Charleville, Co. Cork.
Marie Gethins’ work has featured in The Irish Times, 2014/15/16 National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, NANO, Litro, The Lonely Crowd,Wales Arts Review, The Incubator, Firewords Quarterly and others. She won or placed in The Short Story, Tethered by Letters, Flash500, Dromineer Literary Festival, Kanturk Arts, The New Writer, Prick of the Spindle and 99fiction.net. Other pieces listed in From The Well, Boulevard Emerging Writers, Bath Short Story Award, Bristol Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story/Flash/Memoir, James Plunkett, Listowel Writers Week Originals, Inktears, Over the Edge, WOW! Award, and RTE/Penguin competitions. Marie is a Pushcart, Best of the Short Fictions, and British Screenwriters Award Nominee. She is completing her Master of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and lives with her family in Glenbrook, Cork.
In 2014 David returned to Ireland after living in Japan for 12 years. He currently lives in Cork. In the last year he has been short listed for the Doolin Short Story award, the Curtis Bausse Short story award and long listed for the Fish Memoire prize. He has also published stories and poems in Memoryhouse, The Ogham Stone, Crabfat and Jungle Crows (a Tokyo anthology). He is currently working on a collection of stories, a novel or two, and a few other things!
August issue of Southword Journal
Issue 30, August 2016
THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN SHORT
The 2016 deadline has now passed.
Thank you to everyone who entered! The longlist will be announced at the end of August.
First Prize: €2,000
(approx $2308/£1583 in May 2016), 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 more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication
in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (7 - 11 September 2016). The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.
Visit our competition page for more information and submission guidelines.
APRIL - JUNE 2016
Fool For Poetry Chapbook
Deadline: 31 May
1st & 2nd prize winners will each have their manuscript published, and will receive 50 complimentary copies of their chapbooks.
1st prize to receive €1000 & 2nd prize to receive €500.
The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".
How to Enter
Prize-winning 2015 Fool For Poetry Chapbooks
now on sale!
Now available for purchase are Tania Hershman's début poetry publication, Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open and Victor Tapner's newest work Banquet in the Hall of Happiness.
Visit our bookstore.
Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries
There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by 2016 Frank O’Connor International Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner. Eligible applicants must be resident in Cork city or resident in the county and contributing to the literary life of the city. Minimum requirements must be one fiction periodical publication credit. There will be no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply. Exceptions being writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC, who may not apply. A short list of as many as six candidates will be selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who will select the two successful candidates. Applications may be made via Submittable, through 29 May 2016.
APPLY FOR THE BURSARY THROUGH SUBMITTABLE:
Cork World Book Fest
19 - 23 April 2016
Events at Cork City Library & Triskel Arts Centre
Featuring events such as the launch of new short story collections by well-known Cork writers William Wall and Mary Morrissy, as well as introducing new talent Rob Doyle. Three Liberties Press authors will come to Cork: Caitriona Lally who is nominated as best newcomer nominee in the Irish Book Awards 2015 with Eggshells, Kevin Curran, author of Citizens and Jan Carson author of Children’s children. Kevin Barry will read his Cork story from the first volume of this new arts anthology of stories, essays, reportage, photography and visuals which ask the reader ‘how do you do what it is that you do?’” Leabhar na hAthghabhála, a fresh new collection of contemporary Irish-language poetry will debut on Thursday 21 at Cork City Library featuring contributors Louis de Paor and Biddy Jenkinson. While home in Cork Louis de Paor will lead a master-class on writing poetry in the Irish language. Other learning events include a creative writing workshop with Kevin Curran and professional clinics with agents, authors and publishers on Saturday 23 in Cork City Library. There is a feast of activity for younger readers with a whole day dedicated to Teen events Wednesday 20 April. Maeve Higgins will bring her unique brand of comedy to the fest Saturday 23 and discuss her book Away from home and loving it. Sort of. “Off you go”. On Friday night Cork City Library Kathy D’Arcy, Maureen O’Connor and Louise O’Neill will host event celebrating Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday. Wednesday evening Nuala Ní Chonchúir delves into her book Miss Emily which reimagines the private life of poet Emily Dickenson as told through the voice of her family’s Irish maid.
For the full programme see www.constantreader.ie/corkworldbookfest
Events at Cork City Library are free. Triskel events can be booked online at www.triskelartscentre.ie or by calling 021 4272022.
Telephone:+353 (0)21 492 4900, Fax:+353 (0)21 427 5684, Email: email@example.com
Fiction Workshop with Danielle McLaughlin
6 Sessions on Thursday Evenings, 7 - 9PM
March 31st - May 12th (No class April 14)
Price: €120 / €100 concessions. Class maximum: 10
More information on how to register.
Forward Prize Nominations
The Munster Literature Centre has nominated the following poems for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize
from The Irish Examiner
‘Perspective’ by Laura McKenna
’And What We Know About Time’ by Tania Hershman
’Of Love, Sappho Wrote’ by Leila Chatti
’The Invisible Man’s Blind Date’ by Michael Derrick Hudson
’At Guy’s Hospital’ by Jo Shapcott
‘Self Portrait in the Convex Bulge of a Hare’s Eye’ by Breda Wall Ryan
JANUARY - MARCH 2016
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
discontinued in 2016;
New short story opportunity to be announced!
The Munster Literature regrets to announce that the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is to be discontinued this year. 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 will soon announce a new opportunity in the world of short story writing. This new programme will be aimed at bringing accomplished international writers in contact with new and emerging Irish short story writers. Keep an eye on our website and social media for news!
Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize Results
These poems will be published in the April 2016 issue of Southword Journal
More information will be given at a later stage about the winners. but here quickly are the results of this year's competition. We realise many of you will want to submit elsewhere for December 31st deadlines and speedy delivery of this news will be beneficial.. There were almost 2000 poems entered so competition was stiff. But standards were so high I decided to increase the number of published "Highly Commended" poems from ten to twenty-five. I will publish a detailed judge's summation on my blog in the new year. In the meantime I would like to thank everyone who entered. We are a registered charity and your entry has helped us to keep Southword free for readers and provide publication fees for authors.
‘After Another Attempt at Eighteen’
by Leila Chatti, West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA
‘The Invisible Man’s Blind Date’
by Michael Derrick Hudson, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
‘Different Kinds of Life’
by James O’Sullivan, Cork, Ireland
Highly commended – in alphabetical order:
‘Sindhura, Andalusia’ by Amanda Bell, Dublin 6, Ireland
‘Of Love, Sappho Wrote’ by Leila Chatti, West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA
‘Gull Egg Season’ by Stephanie Conn, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
‘Flood’ by Marie Coveney, Monkstown, Co Cork, Ireland
‘A Stay in North Carolina’ by Kelly Creighton, Newtownards, Co Down, Northern Ireland
‘Our Recurring List of Heartbreaks’ by Jonathan Greenhause, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
‘Perfect’ by Michael Fleming, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
‘The End of St. Barbara’ by Eithne Hand, Ireland
‘A Calling’ by Eleanor Hooker, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Ireland
‘Loch na Fuaiche’ by Theophilus Kwek, UK
‘Aristotle’s Lantern by Anthony Lawrence, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia
‘Mary Daly’ by Simon Lewis, Crossneen, Carlow, Ireland
‘Solace at the P.O.’by Sandy Longley, Delmar, New York, USA
‘From a Hauptbahnhof Café in Berlin by Terry McDonagh, Swinford, Co. Mayo, Ireland
‘The Cure for the Burn’ by Paul McMahon, Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland
‘How to Construct the Hero of a Western’ by Jennifer Militello, Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA
‘As Much As A Letter’ by Emily Mohn-Slate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
‘Looking West from Iona’ by Valerie Nieman, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
‘Photograph, Painting, Poem’ by Mary O’Donnell, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
’10.30 to Severn Beach’ by Elizabeth Parker, Bristol, Avon, UK
‘A Little off the Top’ by Laura Jan Shore, New Brighton, New South Wales, Australia
‘Oranmore’ by Peter Stuart-Sheppard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
‘Call Her Ghazal’ by Devon Walker-Figueroa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
‘Taking Soup’ by Glen Wilson, Portadown, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland
‘Bloodsuckers’ by Mary Woodward, St Albans, UK
2016 Cork International Poetry Festival
Tickets now on sale,
with discounts on early-bird purchases.
Confirmed readers include Kyle Dargan, Paisley Rekdal, Ailbhe Darcy, Caitriona O'Reilly, Gerard Smyth, David O'Meara, Bronwyn Lea, Aidan Murphy, Thomas P. Lynch, Matthew Sweeney, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Michael Coady, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Liam Ó Muirthile, Paul Casey, Afric McGlinchey, Tomica Bajsic, Thomas McCarthy, Louis de Paor, Gerry Murphy, Deryn Rees-Jones and Tom Pickard.
Registrations for workshops filling quickly, and submissions
for emerging poets' reading now being taken.
Visit corkpoetryfest.net for more information.
The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.
Southword issue #30
Read the latest issue
of Southword here
Short Story Fellowship
being accepted for
Fool for Poetry
2016 winners announced!
at the MLC
Seán Ó Faoláin
2016 winners announced
Fool For Poetry
& Victor Tapner
Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Annually in spring.
Short Story Festival
Annually in September
Southword Issue 30
New issue, free to read online.