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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

 

 

 

competitionFool For Poetry Chapbook Competition now open!

Deadline: 31 May

 

 

1st & 2nd prize winners will each have their manuscript published, and will receive 50 complimentary copies of their chapbooks.

1st prize to receive €1000 & 2nd prize to receive €500.

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

How to Enter

 

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Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries

Fiction Mentorship


There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by 2016 Frank O’Connor International Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner. Eligible applicants must be resident in Cork city or resident in the county and contributing to the literary life of the city. Minimum requirements must be one fiction periodical publication credit. There will be no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply. Exceptions being writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC, who may not apply.  A short list of as many as six candidates will be selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who will select the two successful candidates. Applications may now be made via Submittable, through 29 May 2016.

APPLY FOR THE BURSARY THROUGH SUBMITTABLE:
https://southword.submittable.com/submit

 

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The Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship

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Mentorship Bursaries

(Open for submissions in April through September annually.)

 

Zsuzsi Gartner

2016 Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner.
The call for submissions for the 2017 Fellowship will open in April.



The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the establishment of a new initiative aimed at benefiting short story writers: The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council (the municipal government).

During their twelve week stay the fellow would have contact hours with the creative writing department of University College Cork, and additional time mentoring two Cork writers. They will be welcomed into the literary social life of the city where they will have the opportunity to network with resident established writers. They would present a farewell public reading at the Boole Library of University College Cork. There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by the Frank O’Connor International Fellow.

 

Read more about the Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship.

 

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Prize-winning 2015 Fool For Poetry Chapbooks
now on sale!

 

Tania HershmanVictor Tapner

 

Now available for purchase are Tania Hershman's début poetry publication, Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open and Victor Tapner's newest work Banquet in the Hall of Happiness.

 

Visit our bookstore.

 

 

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

 

 

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Words Ireland

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

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now open.
Deadline
31 May 2016

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Danielle McLaughlin

Evening fiction
workshops
coming soon.

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Southword Issue 29

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in
autumn.

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

2015 Laureate:
Carys Davies

Carys Davies

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
and
Cork City Council
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Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Opens
May 2016

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 winners
announced!

 

 

 
 

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The Munster Literature Centre

   

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