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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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Pigs' Feet, White Socks

& Hoovers

An anthology of ten years of winners of the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize 2003 -2012

 

 

Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers Anthology

 

Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers
Southword Editions
155 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-38-2
Price: €12, free p&p anywhere in the world.

 

 

 


 

In its ten years of existence the Sean O’Faoláin Short Story Prize has become one of the most prestigious international literary accolades. In recent years over a thousand entries are made annually from countries all over the world. In this book we bring together twenty stories from the first ten years chosen by judges who are accomplished short story writers themselves. Writers from Britain, Canada, Ireland and the United States are represented here in a multitude of styles and tones which demonstrates the plurality of the prize. Here you have writers of elegant restraint and wild abandon, the deadly serious and the deadly comic. You have Pigs’ Feet, White Socks, Hoovers and much else besides.

 

Past Winners of the SOF Prize

 

(Click here to view all shortlisted
& commended authors from past competitions.)

 

Sophie Hampton

2012 Seán Ó Faoláin winner Sophie Hampton

 


Sophie Hampton's 'White Socks and Weirdos' (2012)

P.G. O'Connor's 'The Haggard' (2011)

Nikita Nelin's 'Eddie' (2010)

Alexa Beattie's 'Cold Cut' (2009)

Julia Van Middlesworth's 'Daddy Dead' (2008)

Toby McGrath (2007)

Joyce Russell (2006)

James Moynihan (2005)

Jon Boilard (2004)

William Wall (2003)

 

 

   

2021 Competitions

Sean O'Faoláin
Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July

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Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31st August

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2021 Publications

Southword 40

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

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Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Queer Love

Fiction anthology

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YouTube Videos

Poetry-Films

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O'Faoláin Short Story
Prize Reading Playlist

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O'Donoghue Poetry
Prize Reading Playlist

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How to Write Titles

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Workshops

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Cork Events

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Essays & Blogs

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The Munster Literature Centre
   

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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955, Email: info@munsterlit.ie

   
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