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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The Munster Literature Centre will be closed from 22 December 2014 to 2 January 2015.
Wishing all our friends warmth and inspiration in the new year.
THE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
Competition now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered.
A result will be reached by late January 2015, with a shortlist published on our website at that time. The winners will be announced at the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2015. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND signing up for the email newsletter (form at the end of this page), which will ensure that you will receive the results of the competition by email, whether your entry was a winner at this time or not. We regret, due to the volume of submissions, that we are unable to personally contact everyone who entered.
The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.
1st Prize €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland*.
2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword
3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword
Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Read more about the poetry competition.
Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.
at the MLC
New: four day courses
on short stories, novels
Anthologies & Translations
New Eyes on the Great Book
Southword Issue 26
New issue,free to read online.
Short Story Festival
16 - 20 September, 2014
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
Thank you to all