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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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SOUTHWORD FICTION CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

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What to Submit  Entry Fee  *  Dates  *  Prizes  *  How to Submit

2019 Winners

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What to Submit:

10,000 -15,000 words which can consist of a novella, a long short story, several short stories, a collection of flash fiction, or a mix of stories and flash. Stories can have been published previously in anthologies or in web or print journals, but not in a stand-alone publication by the author.

 

Entry Fee:

25 Euro

 

Dates:

Submissions open: TBA Autumn 2019

Deadline: TBA

 

Prizes:

Two winning manuscipts will be selected; Best International Entry and Best Irish Entry.

Both will win a chapbook publication (made available internationally through Amazon), 20 complimentary copies of their chapbook, and advances of 250 euro each.

 

How to Submit:

Entries will be accepted through Southword’s Submittable portal only (to appear here when submissions reopen).

Nothing to identify the author must be included in the submitted manuscript document. All information about the contents’ previous periodical publication etc. will not be needed until the manuscript is selected for publication.

Authors are advised that the finished publications will not include illustrations. All entries will be read and judged anonymously by Southword Editions editor Patrick Cotter.

Submitted manuscripts can be in PDF, WORD or RTF format through Submittable only.

 

2019 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Competiton. Both chapbooks will be published in autumn 2019.

Best International Chapbook

A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner
( Yakima, WA USA)

Jill Widner

Jill Widner grew up in Sumatra, Indonesia, the setting of her novel in progress, A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell, where her father worked as a petroleum engineer in the 1960s. The three stories included in A Middle Eastern No are part of a collection of stories in progress set in Iran and Saudi Arabia, where her father worked throughout the 1970s. When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution was published in both The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal (University of New Brunswick) and Everywhere Stories: I (Press 53) in 2014. Yalda & Zhila is forthcoming in the May/June 2019 issue of Kenyon Review Online. Her fiction has also appeared in American Short Fiction; Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong); Kyoto Journal; North American Review; Shenandoah; Short Fiction (University of Plymouth Press), Wasafiri online, and Willesden Herald: New Short Stories. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Artist Trust and the Washington State Arts Commission, the Banff Centre, the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle, the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and VCCA-France. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently lives and teaches in Yakima, Washington.

 

Best Irish Chapbook

It's Not Me It's You by Brian Kirk ( Dublin, Ireland)

Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is a poet and short story writer from Dublin. He was shortlisted twice for Hennessy Awards for fiction. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem Birthday won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. Recent stories have appeared in The Lonely Crowd and online at Willesden Herald New Short Fiction, Fictive Dream and Cold Coffee Stand. His story Festival was longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/8. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.

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2019 Gregory O'Donoghue
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Deadline: November 30th

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