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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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Virgin Slate Writers Group--Cork City


Virgin Slate is a small group of amateur creative writers based in Cork. We started in October 2011 and meet about once a fortnight. There are no fees or anything; we’re just in it for the fun. Every two weeks the group meets (in a city centre pub) to discuss the various submissions and decides upon a theme for the following fortnight. We 'publish' our work in an ezine on Facebook. Each of our issues begins with a theme (a word or a phrase). We then have two weeks to submit a piece of writing on that theme. The writing can use any form and take the theme in any direction the author wishes.

New members are welcome to either join us in the pub or to submit entries by email or post.

Email us at: virginslate@gmail.com

Or follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VirginSlate or our list of back issues: http://tensepretence.com/





Cork Novel Writers – (email: corknovelwriters@gmail.com); is a forum for novel and novella writers; but not writers of erotica, children’s, poetry, short stories or memoirs. Prospective members should have written at least one chapter, and are committed to writing in the long-term. 

With a view of getting to know and establishing mutual confidence with one another, participants meet once a month. At meetings, participants should not expect to read out long passages from their work on hand. Particular issues, or difficulties, may be addressed; but detailed critiquing should be undertaken via correspondence.

Members, having a common subject interest, should form buddy relationships with others, and critique each other’s work through the medium of email. With the goal of improving grammar, spelling, characterization and general story style, participants’, respecting the confidentiality of other’s writing, are expected to give feedback, as well as getting it. 

Meetings are suspended for the summer months. Should anybody express an interest to take part in further meetings, please email: corknovelwriters@gmail.com  






Irish Language Writers in Limerick


The Limerick Writers' Centre are seeking writers in the Irish language to join our peer critique creative writers group to meet at our centre in 12 Barrington Street, Limerick once a month.

The aim of the group is to help intending authors to critique each other's work before submitting to publishers. The Limerick Writers' Centre also propose to publishing an anthology of both Irish and English written texts towards the end of the year and work produced by the group members will be invited to submit for publication.

The group will be facilitated by Gerald O'Carroll.
For more information and to express an interest in attending please contact us at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com Telephone 086 3519635 or 087 2996409.






Untitled Writers Group--Cork City


The ‘Untitled Writers Group’ is a new fiction writers’ group that has been recently established in Cork City. The group meets at Civic Trust House (Next to St Mary’s Church) at 7.30 PM, every second Wednesday.

The group provides an opportunity for fiction writers in the city to read extracts from their own work and to meet and discuss with other writers in a relaxed, informal setting.

For further information, contact Donal on 087-6221078 or email untitledwriters@gmail.com.





The Writers' Clinic: Limerick


The Limerick Writers’ Centre bring you ‘The Writers' Clinic’, an open clinic where aspiring writers, young and old, can bring their work and have it assessed face to face by our expert writing Doctor, Fred Johnston.  Fred will be in attendance the third Wednesday of every month at our off site venue in Leamy Art School and Gallery, Hartstonge St, Limerick where he will be happy to meet you and discuss your creative work. Make an appointment by ringing 087 2996409 or email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com

Prose, poetry in fact all types of creative writing will be assessed. You can visit just the once or he will act as your coach for you’re pet project and give you continuing support for as long as you need it.

There is a small administrative fee of €12.00 per visit.

So if you’ve always wondered why your writing is below par…then call today and see the Doctor!

Next Clinic: Wednesday June 15th. 2011 10.30am to 3.30pm.

About Fred Johnston.
Author and critic: founder of Galway's annual Cúirt literature festival, and founder of the Western Writers' Centre, Galway; was previously co-founder with Peter Sheridan and Neil Jordan of the Irish Writers' Co-operative in the 'Seventies.












*Please note that this may not be a comprehensive list and is updated on an ongoing basis. If you wish to be included on this page, or list another event on our website, please email the administrator (administrator AT munsterlit DOT ie).





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Southword Editions




2019 John Montague Fellow
Sandra Beasley


2018 Fellow Carys Davies

2019 Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship
applications now open

Deadline: 31st Jan 2019




The Cork International
Poetry Festival

March 19 - 23, 2019



The Cork International
Short Story Festival




The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Results February 2019



The Southword Fiction
Chapbook Competition

Results January 2019


how to pass

The Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story Competition

2018 winner How to Pass
by Louise Crimmins
will be in Southword 36



The Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

2018 winners
1st: Katie Hale
2nd: Regina Melveny




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Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland


Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey


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