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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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Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Tickets and workshops now on sale!

February 2015

Jo ShapcottMartina Evans


Early birds who purchase tickets online before 8 February can avail of a 22% discount
by purchasing an All Festival Pass for only 75 Euro.


We continue to accept registrations for workshops including a masterclass
with Jo Shapcott and poetry for beginners with Martina Evans.

Visit corkpoetryfest.net for more information.





Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Fool For Poetry Competition

now open for submissions! Deadline 31 May 2015


TWO winners to receive manuscript publication, 50 free copies,
and €500 cash, along with Forward Prize nomination
and consideration for Cork Spring Poetry Festival reading in 2016.

25 - 50 more will receive commendations.

How to Enter







The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.


Announcing the 2015 winners

These poems will be published in a future issue of Southword Journal.


1st Prize: 'Self Portrait in the Convex Bulge of a Hare's Eye'

Breda Wall Ryan

by Breda Wall-Ryan of Co. Wicklow, Ireland


2nd Prize: 'Love Meter'

by Caitlin Pryor of Texas, USA


3rd Prize: 'Radio Clash'

by Jane Satterfield of Maryland, USA


View the shortlisted and highly commended poems here.






Previous articles and information available on the Archives page.




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Writing Workshops
at the MLC


New: poetry courses
during Cork
Spring Poetry Fest


Southword Issue 27

Southword Journal

New issue,free to read online.




Cork Spring
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

11 - 14 February




Fool for Poetry


31 May




Southword Publications
Anthologies & Translations

New Eyes on the Great Book

Newest publication:
New Eyes on the Great Book



O'Donoghue Poetry

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 Winners
Thank you to all
who entered.



The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

September, 2015




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

through March

Frank O'Connor Award

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council




Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now closed!
Thank you to all
who entered.


Poetry International

Recent additions:

Peter Fallon,
Paula Cunningham
Conor O'Callaghan,
James Cummins
& more











The Munster Literature Centre


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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email munsterlit@eircom.net

Irish Registered Charity No.12374