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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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Munster Literature Centre







Literary Websites


Consultancy Services

Writing Courses

Writing Competitions

Competition listings websites





Literary Websites


The Frank O'Connor Research Website-- a critical online research resource on Irish writer Frank O'Connor. The site serves as a high-standard source for primary and secondary material for academics and students. It also provides information on current UCC research projects on O’Connor.

Short Stops-- A resource website for contemporary short stories. Find short stories to read, find events where you can go and be read to, and to find places to send your short stories.




Anti-Laureate of the People's Republic of Cork (Cork, Ireland)--by Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter

Billy Ramsell (Cork, Ireland)--by the author of Complicated Pleasures

Quillfyre (Canada)--Written by a poet and member of the League of Canadian Poets published in Ottawa journals and online.

Tania Writes (UK)--By UK writer Tania Hershman, who is also a previous editor of Southword Journal and a longlistee in the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Women Rule Writer (Ireland)--By poet and writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir, who is also a previous editor of Southword Journal and a longlistee in the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.



Consultancy Services



Dave LordanDave Lordan

Writing Consultancy Service



Now offering manuscript appraisal, editing, and proofreading services for writers at any stage of their career who are working on a book project and/or cannot commit to regular class attendance. Please contact me for further details if you would like honest, constructive and professional feedback on your work. Rates are very reasonable.


Ring: 087 092 1117, email: dlordan@hotmail.com , or visit: www.davelordanwriter.com.






Afric McGlincheyPoetry Courses online with Hennessy-winning poet Afric McGlinchey

*One-to-one tuition
*Levels: beginners, intermediate & advanced

More details: www.africmcglinchey.com


Afric McGlinchey’s début collection, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, was published by Salmon in May 2012, and evokes her upbringing in Africa. Her poems have been published in Moth, the SHOp, Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, Acumen and numerous other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2011), was selected to read at the Cork Spring Festival (2012), and has been highly commended for several poetry prizes, including the Magma poetry award (2012) and the Dromineer poetry award (2011).  She won the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award in 2011. Afric lives in West Cork.



James Harpur Workshops


James Harpur

On the Right Lines

Writing Courses and Tutoring




Award-winning poet, translator and editor James Harpur is offering online poetry courses. They will be designed for beginner and advanced writers and include integrated modules on themes, form, reading and writing. He is also offering a tutorial service for poets and short story writers. For more information visit James’s website here.


Writing Courses



Ma Creative Writing UCCThe UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to develop their writing in a university atmosphere. The course as a whole encourages and supports a full exploration of the creative self while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis. All of our courses are embedded in Cork’s dynamic creative milieu, rooted in expert practice and taught by highly accomplished professionals. A rich variety of modules are available, including Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. Creative non-fiction options include innovative courses in Food Writing and Writing for Radio.

School of English , O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork. Ireland

+353 (0)21 490 2664/2241/3677




Creative Writing Ink


Cork-based company Creative Writing Ink offers online creative writing classes to writers around the world together with editing and critique services. Our courses include beginners, intermediate and advanced creative writing, poetry, screenwriting, writing for teenagers, writing for children and blogging.

Online courses are through email correspondence, so participants just need internet access. They will also receive weekly feedback on their work from their tutor. There is an editing service for anyone who would like feedback from an experienced editor. Interested parties can sign up to a free montlhy email newsletter which includes the latest publishing news, writing competitions and updates on freelance writing markets. You can sign up at www.creativewriting.ie

For further information, please visit www.creativewriting.ie, email info(AT)creativewriting(DOT)ie or call 087-2028310.







Writing Courses (for all levels) with Adam Wyeth

Adam Wyeth


The French poet Paul Valéry defined poetry as 'a language within a language.' American poet Kenneth Koch spoke of poetry as 'a language in which the sound of the words is raised to an importance equal to that of their meaning.' Each word has a little music of its own, which poetry rearranges so it can be heard. In Adam's exciting workshops you will delve deep into these arrangements, exploring the full arsenal of poetic tools– such as symbolism, repetition, figurative speech and persona – you need to become a fully fluent in poetry. Adam will combine reading poems with writing them and encourage both beginners and more experienced poets to listen for words that help a poem hang together.

The course will also introduce many poetic forms such as the sonnet, haiku and villanelle, and you will discover how contemporary poets continue to push the envelope of these age-old forms. Taking its approach from Paul Muldoon's advice to, 'lose your voice and write about what you don't know', the course will take you deeper into your unique poetic style where you will be encouraged to first learn the rules and then break them.

All this and lots more….

Each week you will receive a module with several exercises constructed by Adam and then receive personal feedback to encourage and help you move forward.

This workshop is individually tailored for each writer, beginners, intermediate and advanced level.
For more information about these workshops you can contact me adamwyeth@yahoo.co.uk




Competition Listings Websites


Ascent Aspirations

Canadian Authors Association--Ottawa

Competitions For Writers (Australia)

Just a Contest (USA & Canada)

Kudos Writing Competitions: Formerly Competitions Bulletin, these listings are a convenient, up-to-date and accurate means (every item double checked - where possible) to make use of all the information you need to know, allegedly: current UK writing competitions plus an increasing number of overseas contests. Also includes news items and information about markets, outlets and opportunities for all kinds of writing.

The Pulse (New Zealand)

Writers Reign (UK)





Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

Words Ireland

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



Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2018
judge Paul McVeigh


2017 Winner:
Louise Nealon

Read the winning story



View images from the Cork
International Poetry Festival


Preperations are underway
for the 2019
Cork International Poetry Festival
March 27-30




The 2018 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
is now accepting entries.
Deadline 30 June
Find out more.


Southword Editions

on sale in
our bookstore


including Fool For Poetry
winners, the New Irish
Voices series & more



The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

This year's winner is Rob Lipton
whose poem will be published
in the next issue of Southword

The competition will reopen
for submissions in
September 2018



Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

2018 Fellow:
Carys Davies



Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018






The Munster Literature Centre

Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

Tel. (353) 021 4312955, Email: munsterlit(AT)eircom(DOT)net

Irish Registered Charity No.12374