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 GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
Now open for submissions!
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.
How to enter the poetry competition.
with Claire Keegan
Beckett Room, Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork
9 December, 2014
10am - 3pm. €50
Claire Keegan, previous adjudicator of the Frank O’Connor Award and Writer in Residence at UCC, is returning to run a fiction master-class. This lecture will examine text through Claire Keegan’s eyes. Participants will be asked to consider and reconsider the structure of a narrative. What does it mean to begin? What is an ending? And how is this reached? What is tension? And why does tension rise and fall – or not rise at all? Participants will explore character, dialogue, place – and the difference between a fine and a weak paragraph of prose. The day will hold a particular interest for those who read, write or teach fiction but everyone is welcome.
To book your place, please contact MLC: administrator(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie ; 021 431 2955
Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, internationally acclaimed, are translated into 16 languages and have won numerous awards. Walk the Blue Fields was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in The Guardian, 2010. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story. Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.” Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster was elected by readers as the best story published in that year in The New Yorker. She also has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops in four continents. She holds an MA and an M.Phil in Creative Writing.
“Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion. –Hilary Mantel
“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work.” -The New York Times
“Every single word in the right place and pregnant with double meaning.” - Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times
Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read.” – Richard Ford
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
Áine Uí Fhoglú, Catherine Phil MacCarthy
& Joseph Horgan
prestigious poetry site
produced by MLC
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