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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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Chuck Kruger


Chuck grew up in the Finger Lakes of upstate NY. In protest against the Vietnam War, he and his wife, Nell, moved from St. Louis to Switzerland in 1966, where he worked as a teacher of literature at an international school. They purchased a farm on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, in 1986, where they moved permanently in 1992.

He’s won the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition ’03, The Dubliner Short Story Contest ’02; the “How do I love thee?” ’04 Poetry Competition (UK); the Shinrone Poetry Festival ’02; and the Cork Literary Review’s 2000 & 1998 Short Story Competitions. His poems have appeared in The Aisling (featured poet in ’02), Books Ireland, The Burning Bush, The Cork Literary Review, Matrix (NZ), Northeast (USA), Painted Bride Quarterly (USA), Poetry Ireland Review, Reality, The Recorder (USA), Revival, The SHOp, Southword, The Stinging Fly, west47, Wild Ireland.

In 2005 a second collection of his short stories, Between a Rock, was published by Bradshaw Books. In 2008 a collection of his poems, entitled Sourcing, was also published by Bradshaw. His book Cape Clear Island Magic, published by The Collins Press, was first issued in 1994 and reissued in ’95 and ’99; in 2008 the Cape Co-op published an up-dated version. He’s a regular on RTE’s Seascapes, Sunday Miscellany, and the Quiet Quarter (until it recently shut down). He was recently anthologised in Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus 2010).



The Man Who Talks to Himself


Author Links

Chuck Kruger Website

'Buzz and Squawk and So It Goes': Kruger poem in Southword

Chuck Kruger Biography (Artists Without Frontiers)

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival Homepage

Buy Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland



Words Ireland

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




The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

Deadline: 30 November




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

30 November 2017

Marie Helene Bertino
2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino




Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.




Fool for Poetry


Molly Minturn &
Bernadette McCarthy !


Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Louise Nealon!




Southword Editions

on sale in
our bookstore


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






Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here


Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September






The Munster Literature Centre

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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email

Irish Registered Charity No.12374