Welcome to the Munster
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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Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition now open!
Deadline: 31 May
1st & 2nd prize winners will each have their manuscript published, and will receive 50 complimentary copies of their chapbooks.
1st prize to receive €1000 & 2nd prize to receive €500.
The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".
How to Enter
Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries
There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by 2016 Frank O’Connor International Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner. Eligible applicants must be resident in Cork city or resident in the county and contributing to the literary life of the city. Minimum requirements must be one fiction periodical publication credit. There will be no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply. Exceptions being writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC, who may not apply. A short list of as many as six candidates will be selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who will select the two successful candidates. Applications may now be made via Submittable, through 29 May 2016.
APPLY FOR THE BURSARY THROUGH SUBMITTABLE:
The Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship
(Open for submissions in April through September annually.)
2016 Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner.
The call for submissions for the 2017 Fellowship will open in April.
The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the establishment of a new initiative aimed at benefiting short story writers: The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council (the municipal government).
During their twelve week stay the fellow would have contact hours with the creative writing department of University College Cork, and additional time mentoring two Cork writers. They will be welcomed into the literary social life of the city where they will have the opportunity to network with resident established writers. They would present a farewell public reading at the Boole Library of University College Cork. There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by the Frank O’Connor International Fellow.
Read more about the Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship.
Prize-winning 2015 Fool For Poetry Chapbooks
now on sale!
Now available for purchase are Tania Hershman's début poetry publication, Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open and Victor Tapner's newest work Banquet in the Hall of Happiness.
Visit our bookstore.
The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.
Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.
The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.
Fool for Poetry
31 May 2016
at the MLC
Fool For Poetry
& Victor Tapner
Southword Issue 29
New issue, free to read online.
Short Story Festival
Short Story Award
World's richest prize
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council.
Seán Ó Faoláin
Annually in spring.