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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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THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN SHORT
STORY COMPETITION

 

John Boilard, Seán Ó Faoláin Competition winnerPhotoPG O'Connor, winner of the Seán Ó Faoláin competition

 

First Prize: €2,000 (approx $2760/£1640 in April 2014), 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.

 

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. 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 (16 - 20 September 2014).

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat www.anamcararetreat.com is again awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner of the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Located just outside the colourful village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Anam Cara is a tranquil spot structured to provide support and sanctuary for people working in the creative arts. It offers private and common working rooms as well as five acres of walking paths, thirty-four nooks and crannies, a river cascades and a river island, gardens, and a labyrinth meadow. Editoral consultation is also available. The prize is valued at €700. (The dates of the residency will be arranged between the writer themselves and Anam Cara, and can be scheduled before or after the week of the Cork International Short Story Festival. Otherwise, the week can be scheduled for another time of the year, at Anam Cara's discretion.)

 

NEW: Win The Sean Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition and have dinner with Richard Ford and attend his Masterclass Talk.

When we say you can meet the literary stars at our short story festival in Cork we mean it. Aside from publication and €2,000 ($2650), the winner receives an offer of a week's residency in artists' retreat Anam Cara. From this year on the winner receives a Pushcart Nomination too. And if the winner chooses to come to Cork in September to receive the prize we'll put them up in a hotel for the duration of the short story festival (five nights) with full board and introductions to all the participating writers. Opening event this year is a reading by Richard Ford. This will be Richard's third time coming to the festival. He will be reading from new work at the festival and presenting Masterclass Craft Talk to the MA in Creative Writing Class at University College Cork which is closed to the general public.  

 

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Read the prize-winning and shortlisted
stories from the 2013 competition .

SOF Competition

 

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.
2. Judging for this competition is ANONYMOUS. The entrant's name and contact details (address, phone number) must be on a separate piece of paper. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Entries should be typed.
3. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of €15 or £15. You may submit as many entries as you wish. For non paypal payments only cheques or drafts drawn on an Irish or British bank can be accepted and must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE. Paypal link available below for payments in Euro. (Writers outside Ireland and Britain are encouraged to pay for their entries via Paypal, which will convert your own currency to Euro.)
4. Closing date is 31st July 2014. All non-email entries must be postmarked before or on that date (i.e. entries posted before or on the date will be accepted after 31st July provided they are sent via airmail). Entries must be sent to The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland (no postal/zipcode).
5. The winners will be announced at the Cork International Short Story Festival in Cork, 16 - 20 September 2014. The winner of the first prize will be invited to read their prize-winning story at the festival. 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.
6. If you require acknowledgement of your entry, you must submit a self-addressed stamped postcard. SASEs for international entries should include money for IRISH stamps. Please do not include SASEs with foreign stamps.
7. The Judge's decision is final. Due to the volume of entries we receive each year, the judge will not be able to reply individually to unsuccessful submissions. However, we will notify all entrants of the shortlist via our e-mail newsletter (click here to to subscribe). A shortlist will be posted on our website in September and the winner will be announced at the festival. Winners and shortlistees will be notified individually.
8. It would greatly assist us if you let us know how you heard of the competition (whether through mailshot, word of mouth, advertisements, newspaper, website, etc.) with your entry.


ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR EMAIL ENTRIES

Email entries should be submitted as follows:

1. Send your entry as a word document (files ending with ".doc"). Please ensure that you do NOT send PDF files.
2. Include the story and cover letter as separate documents in the same email.
3. Pay your entry fee through Paypal (see link below). Paypal accepts Mastercard and Visa and guarantees secure transactions. All Paypal payments are in Euro.
4. In the body of the email, list your name, address, short story title and Paypal receipt number. If you have paid using a credit card under a different name, or from a Paypal account using a different email address please include this in the body of the email as well.
5. Use the subject header "SOF 2014 Entry".
6. Email submissions to competitions(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

 

Submission Fee

 

 

 

WINNERS ANTHOLOGY

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Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers

 

More information about the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize print anthology here, containing the winning stories from the last 10 years of the competition.

 

 

Want to be the first to know the results of this year's competition? Sign up for our email newsletter! http://www.munsterlit.ie/#newsletter

 

 

 

 

Open for submissions from May to July annually. The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing. Click here to view winners and longlisted/commended authors from previous years, and access links to the winning stories.

 

More about the 2014 Judge

 

Judge: Author of Bloodlines, current fiction editor of Southword Journal and winner of the 2006 Seán Ó Faoláin Prize Joyce Russell.

 

Joyce RussellBloodlines by Joyce RussellJoyce Russell grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and in 1978 moved to Bantry in west Cork to live the self-sufficiency dream. She has won or been shortlisted on multiple occasions for the Sean O Faolain Short Story Award, The Real Writers International Award, and the START Chapbook prize, the Bridport Prize, the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and the FISH Short Story Competition. She is a founder member of Friends of the Earth Ireland and is co-author with her husband, Ben, of The Polytunnel Book.

 

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Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open to entries
until July 31, 2014

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Workshops

New: four day courses
on short stories, novels
and poetry.

 

 

Southword Publications
Anthologies & Translations

New Eyes on the Great Book

Newest publication:
New Eyes on the Great Book

 

 

Poetry International
Current poets:
Áine Uí Fhoglú, Catherine Phil MacCarthy
& Joseph Horgan

Aine Ui FhogluCatherine Phil MacCarthyJoseph Horgan

Irish section of this
prestigious poetry site
produced by MLC .

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

Southword Issue 26

Southword Journal

New issue,free to read online.

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014

 

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

Frank O'Connor Award

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
and
Cork City Council
.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

   
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