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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'Donoghue International Poetry Competition is now closed.


Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition


Thank you to everyone who entered!






Congratulations to Cork poet Marie Coveney,

Mary Coveney


shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award!


Click here to read poems by Coveney in Southword Journal.






New edition of Poetry International Web Ireland now up.



Patrick GalvinAilbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

                              Patrick Galvin photo © Billy MacGill


Click here to read poems by and articles about Patrick Galvin and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuig.










Leanne O'Sullivan wins the Rooney Prize




Click here to read more in the Irish Times.











The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Cork City-Frank O'Connor Short Story Award has gone to



Ron Rash, 2010 FOC Award Winner





Read the announcement on the Guardian books page.

Read the announcement at the Irish Examiner.


More articles & commentary on the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival and its participants:


Jen Hamilton-Emery's blog

Ben Greenman of the New Yorker

Belle Bogg's blog

The Irish Times on Robin Black

The Irish Times on Claire Keegan

Gerry Smyth's 'Loose Leaves' in the Irish Times

Irish Times on David Marcus Memorial Reading

Shortlist coverage in the Guardian.

Nelin's blog on his festival experience as the Seán Ó Faoláín prize winner.






The winners of the Sean O'Faolain Competition are:


Nikita Nelin 2010 Sean O Faolain Prize winner


First Prize: Nikita Nelin's 'Eddie'


Second Prize: Bernie McGill's 'No Angel'


Congratulations! Their stories, and those of the other highly commended authors (Dave Wilson, Shannon Cain, Serge Shea & Judy Crozier) will be published in the next issue of Southword Journal Online.


View more commended authors on the judge's long list at Tania Hershman's blog 'Titania Writes'.








TC Boyle

The Munster Literature Centre regrets to announce that, due to unforseen circumstances, TC Boyle will not be able to attend the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival. The official changes to the Thursday night readings timetable will be posted on our dedicated festival website soon.



View errata slip and other programme changes here.





Frank O'Connor Festival

Visit the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize page to view the newly announced shortlist.








Click here to visit our dedicated Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival website.


Frank O'Connor Festival






Southword Journal issue 18 is now online!


Southword Journal Online



Poetry from Paddy Bushe, Grace Wells, Dave Lordan, Barbara Smith (& more), fiction selection from Tania Hershman, as well as work in translation from Chinese writer Wang Zhousheng, plus reviews of Theo Dorgan, Landing Places, John Sexton, Eileen Sheehan & more!





Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival 2010

Provisional programme for September's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival posted HERE.










Shortlist for the 2010 Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award Announced


The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to unveil the shortlist for the 2010 Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. At €35,000 it remains the world’s richest prize for the form. It is awarded to what is judged to be the best, original collection of stories published in English in the 12 months preceding its award in September. This year we have the usual mix of veteran and debutante authors, although unusually, five of the six places this year have been taken by authors of one country: the USA. Another unusual feature is that as many as three of the books have been published by small presses. All of the shortlistees have agreed to come to Cork next September to attend the awards ceremony and to read from their books at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival.


Further information can be obtained from:

Patrick Cotter, Director,

The Munster Literature Centre,


++353 214312955 




The shortlisted books are as follows (in alphabetical order)




1. If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (Picador UK, 2010) by Robin Black



Robin Black Robin Black shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Award



Robin Black holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (Random House, 2010) is her first story collection. The book has also been brought out by six foreign publishers and translated into four languages.

Robin Black’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Southern Review, One Story, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. I (Norton, 2007). She is the recipient of grants from the Leeway Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirenland Conference and is also the winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition in the short story category. Her work has been noticed for Special Mention by the Pushcart Prizes on four occasions and also deemed Notable in The Best American Essays 2008 and The Best Nonrequired Reading 2009.  She is currently at work on a novel, also to be published by Random House and overseas. Since receiving her MFA, she has taught Advanced Fiction Writing at Arcadia University and worked extensively with individual students.  In 2010, she will be teaching at Bryn Mawr College. Click here to visit Robin Black's homepage.




2. Mattaponi Queen (Graywolf Press, 2010) by Belle Boggs



Belle Boggs shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor AwardBelle Boggs Shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Award



Belle Boggs grew up in Virginia and currently lives in North Carolina, USA with her husband Richard Allen. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine and is a writer and teacher. Mattaponi Queen (Graywolf Press, 2010) is her first book. Stories from the collection have appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, At Length, storySouth and Five Chapters. Boggs is also the winner of the 2009 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for fiction, selected by Percival Everett and awarded by the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers’ conference. Click here to visit Belle Boggs's homepage.




3.Wild Child (Bloomsbury, 2010) by TC Boyle


TC Boyle shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor AwardTC Boyle shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award



T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010) and When the Killing's Done (2011). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978. His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Farsi, Turkish, Albanian and Slovene. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney's, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children. Click here to visit TC Boyle's homepage.  




4.The Shieling (Comma Press, 2009) by David Constantine



David ConstantineDavid Constantine shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award



David Constantine is an award-winning poet and translator. His collections of poetry include Madder, Watching for Dolphins, Caspar Hauser, The Pelt of Wasps, Something for the Ghosts (shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize), Collected Poems and most recently Nine Fathom Deep (all Bloodaxe). He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Lighter than Air (Bloodaxe) won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. He is also author of one novel, Davies (Bloodaxe) and Fields of Fire: A Life of Sir William Hamilton (Weidenfeld). The Shieling (Comma, 2009) is his third collection of short stories, following Back at the Spike (Ryburn), and the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (Comma). He lives in Oxford, where he edits Modern Poetry in Translation with his wife Helen. Click here for more about Constantine at Comma Press.




5.Burning Bright (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ron Rash



Ron Rash shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story AwardRon Rash shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award



Ron Rash was born in South Carolina, USA, grew up in North Carolina, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. He is the author of prize-winning novels: One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight; and the New York Times bestseller, Serena, which was a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. His poems have appeared in over 100 magazines and journals, and he has published several collections. Burning Bright (HarperCollins, 2010) is the most recent of short story collections. Twice a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University. Click here to read more about Rash at HaperCollins.




6. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009) by Laura van den Berg



Laura van den Berg Laura van den Berg shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award



Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA at Emerson College. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, the 2009 Julia Peterkin Award, and the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College. Formerly an assistant editor at Ploughshares, Laura is currently a fiction editor at West Branch and the assistant editor of Memorious, an online journal of new verse and fiction. She has taught writing at Emerson College, Grub Street, and in PEN/New England's Freedom to Write Program. Her fiction has or will soon appear in One Story, Boston Review, Epoch, The Literary Review, American Short Fiction, StoryQuarterly, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV: Best of the Small Presses, among other publications. The winner of the Dzanc Prize, Laura's first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was published by Dzanc Books in October 2009 and was a Holiday Pick for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Program. She is currently at work on new stories and a novel. Click here to visit Laura van den Berg's homepage.







The 2010 Frank O'Connor Award shortlist has been decided and all shortlistees have now been contacted individually. The results will be posted on our website by the weekend.


Click here to view the 2010 longlist.






The 2010 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition now open!


First Prize: €1,500 (approx US $2000) and publication in the literary journal Southword. 

Second Prize: €500 (approx US $650) and publication in Southword.

Four other shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a fee of €120 (approx USD $150).


The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition 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 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival (15-19 September 2010).



Tania Hershman

2010 Judge: Tania Hershman

(Founder and editor of The Short Review)



Click here for more information at our competition page.






The 2010 Cork City-Frank O'Connor Short Story Competition Judges


Mary MorrissyMary Morrissy is the author of two novels, Mother of Pearl and The Pretender, and a collection of short stories, A Lazy Eye. She has recently completed a third novel called The Family Silver, based on the life of Sean O’Casey sister’s Bella and is at work on a second collection of linked short stories, tentatively titled Diaspora. She works as a journalist and teacher of creative writing, most recently as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington at George Washington University.




Nadine O'Regan, 2010 Judge of the Frank O'Connor Short Story Competition

Nadine O'Regan is The Sunday Business Post’s Books and Arts Editor, an occasional telly pundit with The View on RTE 1 and the presenter and producer of The Kiosk, the weekend arts show on Dublin station Phantom 105.2. Originally from Skibbereen, Co. Cork, she lives in Dublin. She is an English and Philosophy graduate of UCC and has an Mphil in Creative Writing from Trinity College.http://nadineoregan.wordpress.com/



Diane Reich, 2010 Judge of the Frank O'Connor Short Story CompetitionDiana Reich is former Orange Prize for Fiction Administrator, former Director of English PEN, and the founder and Artistic Director of Small Wonder, the only dedicated short story festival in the UK, held at Charleston in Sussex.








Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin receives Griffin Prize



Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin wins the 2010 Griffin Prize



Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's The Sun-fish and Karen Solie's Pigeon are the International and Canadian winners of the tenth annual Griffin Poetry Prize.

The Griffin Poetry Prize was founded in 2000 to serve and encourage excellence in poetry. The prize is for first edition books of poetry written in, or translated into, English, and submitted from anywhere in the world. In celebration of the prize's tenth anniversary, The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry doubled the annual prize money to a cumulative amount of $200,000 (which includes $10,000 for each of the shortlisted poets who participated in the Readings).

The awards ceremony, attended by some 400 invited guests, was held in the Fermenting Cellar at the Stone Distillery and hosted by Scott Griffin, founder of the prize, and Trustees Margaret Atwood, Carolyn Forché, Robert Haas, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson and David Young.

Celebrated poet Glyn Maxwell was the evening's featured speaker.

Judges for the 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize are the distinguished writers and poets Anne Carson (Canada), Kathleen Jamie (Scotland) and Carl Phillips (United States). They read almost 400 books of poetry, including 12 translations, received from 12 countries around the globe.

The judges are selected on an annual basis by the Trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry.



The Sun Fish by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin



On the previous evening, the shortlisted poets read excerpts from their books at a sold-out event for more than 1,000 people at The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall.

The 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist features collections by three Canadian poets - Kate Hall's The Certainty Dream, published by Coach House Books; Coal and Roses by the late P. K. Page (a selection of which was read by Toronto Poet Laureate and 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Dionne Brand), published by The Porcupine's Quill and Pigeon by Karen Solie, published by House of Anansi Press; and four international poets - John Glenday's Grain, published by Picador; Louise Glück's A Village Life, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's The Sun-fish, published by The Gallery Press and Susan Wick's translation of Cold Spring in Winter by Valérie Rouzeau, published by Arc Publications.

Also that evening, renowned American poet and essayist Adrienne Rich was honoured with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Trustee Carolyn Forché paid tribute to Rich and presented her with her award.

Trustee David Young presented each poet with a leather-bound edition of their book.

The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: A Selection of the 2010 Shortlist, edited by A. F. Moritz and published by House of Anansi Press, is now available at most retail bookstores. Royalties generated from the anthologies, published annually, are donated to UNESCO's World Poetry Day. As in past years, copies of the submitted poetry books are being donated to Corrections Canada.



Read sample poems from the Sun-Fish here.


Click here for more about the Griffin Prize.


Matthew Sweeney's review of the Sun-Fish





Joyce Russell, former Seán Ó Faoláin winner, takes the Francis MacManus Competition


Joyce Russell wins the Francis McManus Competition 2010


From the overall entry of 860 stories this year 25 stories were shortlisted – all of which will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 later this year. This year’s first prize winner is Joyce Russell from Bantry, Co. Cork with her short story Fishing For Dreams. The second prize was awarded to Silverfish by Eileen Lynch from South Circular Road, Dublin. The third prize was won by Sheila Mannix from Youghal, Co. Cork with her short story entitled Comfort. Speaking of the competition, Arts and Features Producer, Seamus Hosey, who has been involved in organising the competition since its inception said: “The Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition has been at the very heart of the creative process of keeping the Irish short story tradition vibrant and exciting. Over the past 25 years the stories broadcast by RTÉ Radio 1 have encapsulated and explored the changing face of Ireland, capturing its moods, passions and obsessions. The short story reveals the contemporary world that is too often obscured by current affairs.”






New Featured Poets at Poetry International:


Panchali Mukherji at Poetry International WebMark Roper at Poetry International WebAdam Wyeth at Poetry International WebLanda Wo at Poetry International WebJennifer Matthews at Poetry International Web


The Munster Literature Centre produces the Irish section of this prestigious poetry site. Current featured poets (Panchali Mukherji, Mark Roper, Adam Wyeth, Landa Wo and Jennifer Matthews) are from Landing Places, the new Dedalus anthology of immigrant poets. For further information, please visit the site at www.poetryinternational.org.







Check out new features on the MLC website:


Literary Limerick Pages at the Munster Literature Centre



Literary Limerick Page

Limerick Writers' Page





Announcing the 2010 Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award Longlist


Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to release the longlist for the 2010 Cork City - Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, now in its sixth year. The longlist is almost evenly split between women and men this year with 30 men and 28 women. The strength of the short story in the United States is reflected by that country’s overwhelming number of 23 longlistees. This year is also noted for a surge of entries from Asia, accounting for one fifth of all titles. There are three Irish nominees this year including Nuala Ni Chonchuir, the first author to be longlisted for the third time.


Household names in the running include novelist Louis De Bernieres, playwright and film star Sam Shepard, T.C. Boyle,  Michelle Roberts, David Means and short story specialist Helen Simpson.


The jury for this year consists of Irish novelist Mary Morrissy, Nadine O’Regan who is arts editor for the Sunday Business Post and Diana Reich, former Orange Fiction Prize judge and a curator of the Small Wonder short story festival in the south of England.


The Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award is the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for the form and is sponsored by Cork City Council. It is awarded to the best new collection of the year. Previous winners have included Haruki Murakami (Japan),  Jhumpa Lahiri (USA) and Simon Van Booy (UK). On two occasions the award has gone to an author for their first book: Yiyun Li (China) in 2005 and Miranda July (USA) in 2007.


A shortlist of six will be announced at the beginning of July. The winner will be chosen in September and receive the award at the close of the world’s oldest annual short story festival in Cork.


The Longlist


(In no particular order)



Author & Nationality





Temsula Ao (India)






Richard Bausch (USA)

Something is out there: Stories by Richard Bausch


Alfred A. Knopf


Martin Bax (UK)

Memoirs of a Gone World




Pinckney Benedict (USA)

Miracle Boy and Other Stories


Press 53


Louis de Bernières (UK)




Harvill Secker


Belle Boggs (USA)

Mattaponi Queen: stories


Graywolf Press


T.C. Boyle (USA)


Wild Child




O Thiam Chin (Singapore)


Never Been Better


MPH  Publishing



Kunzang Choden (Bhutan)

Tales in Colour and Other Stories


Zubaan – Penguin


Craig Cliff

(New Zealand)

A Man Melting


Vintage – Random House



Venita Coelho (India)

The Washer of the Dead


Zubaan – Penguin


Nuala Ní Chonchúir (Ireland)





David Constantine (UK)

The Shieling



Comma Press


Jameson Currier (USA)

The Haunted Heart and Other Tales


Lethe Press


Brian Joseph Davies (Canada)

Ronald Reagan, My Father


ECW Press


Deyan Enev (Bulgaria)

Circus Bulgaria

Portobello Books



Anne Finger (USA)

Call The Ahab

University of Nebraska Press



Patrick Gale (UK)


Gentleman’s Relish

Fourth Estate


Angelica Garnett (UK)

The Unspoken Truth

Chatto and Windus – Random House



Holly Goddard Jones (USA)

Girl Trouble

Harper Perennial



Perry Glasser (USA)


Dangerous Places

BkMk Press



Alyson Hagy (USA)


Ghosts of Wyoming

Graywolf Press



Dhruba Hazarika (India)






Mark Illis (UK)






Barb Johnson (USA)

More of This World or Maybe Another

Harper Perennial



Lorraine M. López (USA)

Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories


BkMk Press,


Thomas Lynch (USA)

Apparition and Late Fictions: a novella and stories


Jonathan Cape – Random House



Paul Magrs (UK)


Twelve Stories




Martin Malone (Ireland)

The Mango War: and other stories


New Island


Owen Marshall

(New Zealand)

Living as a Moon

Vintage – Random House



Donal McLaughlin

(Northern Ireland)

An Allergic Reaction to National Anthems


Argyll Publishing


Lori Ostlund (USA)


The Bigness of the world


University of Georgia Press


Manoj  Kumar Panda (India)

The Bone Garden and Other Stories




Wena Poon (Singapore)

The Proper Care of Foxes


Ethos Books


Dawn Raffel (USA)

Further Adventures in the Restless Universe


Dzanc Books


Mahmud Rahman (Bangladesh)


Killing the Water




Ron Rash (USA)

Burning Bright


Ecco; Harper Collins



Peter Robinson (UK)

The Price Of Love: And Other Stories


McClelland and Stewart


Anne Sanow (USA)

Triple Time

Pittsburgh University Press



Sarah Selecky (Canada)

This Cake Is for the Party


Thomas Allen Publishers


Bubul Sharma (India)

Eating Women, Telling Tales: Stories about Food


Zubaan - Penguin


Robert Shearman (UK)


Love songs for the shy and cynical


Big Finish


Sam Shepard (USA)


Day out of Days

Alfred A. Knopf



Anis Shivani (USA)

Anatolia and Other Stories

Black Lawrence Press



Louise Stern (USA)


Chattering: Stories




Kalpana Swaminathan (India)


Venus Crossing



Justin Taylor (USA)

Everything here is the best thing ever


Harper Perennial


Ruth Thomas (UK)


Super Girl

Faber and Faber



Laura van den Berg (USA)

What the world will look like when all the water leaves us


Dzanc Books


David T. K. Wong (China)

Chinese Stories in Times of Change


Asian Stories - Muse


Tiphanie Yanique

(US Virgin Islands)


How To Escape From A Leper Colony

Graywolf Press



Michele Roberts (UK)

Mud: Stories of Sex and Love


Little Brown


Helen Simpson (UK)

In-Flight Entertainment




Billie Livingston (Canada)

Greedy Little Eyes

Random House Canada


55 Hassan Blasim (Iraq)

The Madman of Freedom Square


Comma Press
56 David Means (USA)

The Spot


Faber & Faber
57 Xiaolu Guo (China)

Lovers in the Age of Indifference


Chatto & Windus
58 Robin Black (USA) if i loved you, i would tell you this Picador (UK)



  • 28 women/ 30 men
  • 23 Americans, 12 British, 6 Indians, 3 Canadians, 3 Irish, 2 New Zealanders, 2 Singaporeans, 2 Chinese, one each from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Iraq & US Virgin Islands.






Southword Supplement 17A now online.


Click here:

Southword Journal


Featuring the Gregory O'Donoghue winners and commended poets, a video interview with Yiyun Li, a video performance of a Paddy Bushe poem by Crazy Dog Augio Theatre, new work in translation by Su De and book reviews of new collections from Michael Coady, Ciaran O'Driscoll and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.





MARCH 2010


Writing Workshops--Spring 2010


Fiction with Vincent McDonnell begins 15.03.10

Poetry with James Harpur begins 24.03.10


Spring Writing Workshops 2010

Only €120/€100 conc. for 6 weeks!

Click on the poster for more information.






Book launch: Landing Places

Tuesday, 9 March 2010 at Cork City Library on Grand Parade

Wine reception begins at 6.30. All welcome.


Editors Eva Bourke and Borbála Faragó present a timely and important anthology of poems by sixty-six poets, both recent arrivals and first generation immigrants all over the world, who have made their homes in Ireland and who contribute to, challenge and ultimately broaden the definition of what is thought of as ‘writing from Ireland’.

The launch of the volume published by Dedalus Press is hosted in association with the Munster Literature Centre and the Cork City Library. A selection of Munster-based writers will read one of their poems at the launch, including Gabriel Ezutah, Matthew Geden, Joe Horgan, Emmanuel Jakpa, Chuck Kruger, Nyaradzo Masunda, Jennifer Matthews, Mark Roper, Jo Slade, Richard Tillinghast, Cliff Wedgebury, Grace Wells and Adam Wyeth.

Click here to learn more about the anthology at the Dedalus Press website.






The Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize Winners


First Prize: John F. Deane


John F Deane


Second Prize: Siobhan Campbell

'Clew Bay from the Reek'


Siobhan Campbell


Third Prize: Patrick Deeley


Patrick Deeley


The result was announced at the Spring Literary Festival on Wednesday, 17 February at 7.30PM in the Metropole Hotel. A video of John F. Deane's reading will be posted in the next issue of Southword Journal Online.




Visit our dedicated Cork Spring Literary Festival website here:


Spring Literary Festival


17 February - 20 February 2010





Spring Literary Festival 2010



February 17 - 20


Click on the programme for more information!



Click here to download the festival programme.

Click here to download the festival timetable of events.


View Cork Spring Literary Festival in a larger map 





The 2010 Gregory O'Donoghue Shortlist


Listed alphabetically:

Lauren K. Alleyne– New York, USA

Siobhan Campbell– Dublin, Ireland

John F. Deane– Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Deeley– Dublin, Ireland

Maureen Gallagher– Galway, Ireland

John Gerard– Cork, Ireland

Catherine Phil MacCarthy– Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Maddock– New Ross, Ireland

Pete Mullineaux– Galway, Ireland

Cristina Newton– Swindon, UK

Mary Anne Perkins– Richmond, UK

Jane Robinson– Enniskerry, Ireland

Cherry Smyth– London, UK


Please note that the prize-winners have been personally notified, and the result will be announced at the Spring Literary Festival.





Best Irish Poetry 2010 reviewed in RTÉ radio's Arena.


Best of Irish 2010


Click here to listen!





Southword Journal Online is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction for issue 18.

Click here for our submission guidelines and e-mail addresses, or follow the link below to read issue 17.













2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November




Cork International
Short Story Festival

October 12 - 16




2021 Publications

Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
& O'Donoghue Prize poems




Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner




Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner




Queer Love

Fiction anthology




YouTube Videos





O'Faoláin Short Story
Prize Reading Playlist




O'Donoghue Poetry
Prize Reading Playlist




How to Write Titles








Cork Events




Essays & Blogs




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