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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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LATEST NEWS

 

 

Submissions call!

Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship

Marie Helene Bertino

International writers who want to live and work in Cork, find out more here.

The Gregory O'Donoghue International
Poetry Competition 2018

Mark Wagenaar

Poets, find out more here about how to win a cash prize, writing retreat, publication, festival visit and more!

 

 

 

Culture Night Poetry Reading

Nano Nagle Place, 22 September
6pm - 9pm

Paul McMahonKathy D'ArcyLeanne O'Sullivan

Join the Munster Literature Centre on Culture Night this Friday for FREE poetry reading by fantastic local talent: Paul McMahon, Kathy D'Arcy, John Fitzgerald, Afric McGlinchey, Leanne O'Sullivan & Thomas McCarthy! Special thanks to Nano Nagle Place for providing the venue.

 

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Marie-Helene Bertino Reading at UCC

5.30pm, Friday 22 September

Marie Helene Bertino

The 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow, Marie Helene Bertino, will be reading at UCC on Cork Culture Night. The writing fellowship is a programme of the Munster Literature Centre, with sponsorship from Cork City Council.

 

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Announcing the winner of the 2017 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition!

1st Prize goes to "What Feminism Is" by Louise Nealon from Co. Kildare, Ireland. Her winning story, along with the second prize winner “Dear Miss Jacobs” by Paul Byall from Georgia, USA, and four shortlisted stories will be published in the winter edition of Southword Literary Journal. ("Cicada" by Dean Gessie, "One Last Chance at the Night" by Rory Duffy, "The Ballad of Apollo" by Daniel Shand and "Fast-forward" by Tatiana Duvanova).

Louise Nealon

Louise Nealon is a twenty-six year old writer from Co. Kildare. She studied English literature in Trinity College Dublin, and then completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast in 2016. She currently lives on her family’s farm where she divides her time between reading, writing and milking cows.

We are looking forward to having Louise read her winning story at the Cork International Short Story Festival.

More details about the Seán Ó Faoláin Competition here.

 

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Molly Minturn & Bernadette McCarthy have won the 2017 Fool For Poetry Competition!

Molly MinturnBernadette McCarthy

 

Molly Minturn of Charlottesville, USA has taken first place for her manuscript Not in Heaven, and Bernadette McCarthy of Cork, Ireland was awarded second place for Bog Arabic. Both poets will receive chapbook publication, 50 copies of their chapbooks and an invitation to read at the2018 Cork International Poetry Festival. VIEW LONGLIST & MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION HERE.

 

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

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Our Summer Poetry Workshop Series is now taking registrations. Details here

 

 

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.

 

New from Southword Editions!
New chapbooks by
John Fitzgerald
and Aidan Mathews

Available here


2017 Fool for Poetry
winning chapbooks
by John Mee
and Maya Catherine Popa

Available here

 

New Irish Voices
poetry chapbooks
by Roisin Kelly
and Paul McMahon


Available here

 

Southword

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Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition
2017

Workshops

Now accepting
submissions!

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now accepting
submissions!

 

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 


Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September

 

 

 

Southword Issue 30

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

 

 
 

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The Munster Literature Centre

   

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