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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 EDITIONS

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Southword Editions is the publishing branch of the Munster Literature Centre. Publications include Southword, a literary journal published biannually (now published exclusively online), a series of chapbooks, various texts in translation and Best of Irish Poetry (a poetry anthology published 2007-2010). An index of available titles, along with information and prices, is available at our online bookstore.

   

COMPETITIONS, PUBLICATIONS, VIDEOS, OPPORTUNITIES, FESTIVALS

 

Seán O'Faoláin
Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July

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Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31st August

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Subscribe to Southword
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Southword Editions
Chapbooks 2020

The King of The Lam
Greg Delanty

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Satyress
Audrey Molloy

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Partruition
Heather Treseler

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MunsterLit Youtube
Every Monday & Friday

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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Essays & Blogs
In Praise of Celan

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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

   
Irish Registered Charity No.12374