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Join us for Cruinniú na nÓg, June 15th

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg on June 15th, The Munster Literature Centre celebrates the art of storytelling through puppetry at Elizabeth Fort. Featuring puppetry television star Dominic Moore, who was part of the original Morbegs team and whose puppet character Basher Bacon first appeared in public on the RTÉ children’s show The Swamp

Performance Times:  2.30pm-3.15pm  |  4pm-4.45pm




Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
Deadline June 30th



Youtube Playlist of Prize-readings



Seán O'Faoláin Short Story Competition
Deadline July 31st



Youtube Playlist of Prize-readings



John Montague International Poetry Fellowship
Deadline August 18th




Sara Maitland appointed the 2019 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow


2019 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow
Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland has been appointed the fourth Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow. Maitland is a British writer of religious fantasy, her work having a magic realist tendency. She has published seven novels and seven collections of short stories. Ms. Maitland will reside in Cork for three months in an apartment and receive a monthly stipend. She will contribute to the programme of the Cork International Short Story Festival, teach at the Creative Writing Department at UCC and mentor two local emerging writers. The fellowship is devised and managed by the Munster Literature Centre and generously funded by Cork City Council. Find out more about Maitland at her website.



New Chapbooks Available in Bookstore




Leanne O’ Sullivan Announced as the Inaugural Winner of The Farmgate Market Café National Poetry Award



Gregory O'Donoghue Prize Results

The winning and shortlisted poems are featured in issue 36 of Southword

First Prize

Argument of Situations by Shangyang Fang (Austin TX, USA)

Shangyang Fang


Second Prize

László Kovács and His Sons Cross the Border by Ron Carey (Dublin, Ireland)

Ron Carey


Third Prize

At the Torturers’ Convention by Chloe Wilson (Victoria, Australia)

Chloe Wilson

Read about the winners, shortlisted poets and commended poets here



Southword Fiction Chapbook Prize Results

The two winning chapbooks will be published in autumn 2019.


Best International Chapbook

A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner ( Yakima, WA USA)

Jill Widner


Best Irish Chapbook

It's Not Me It's You by Brian Kirk ( Dublin, Ireland)

Brian Kirk

Read about the winners here



The 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow is Sandra Beasley

montague fellow



Winners of the 2018 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

1st Place: Assembly Instructions by Katie Hale


2nd Place: other gods by Regina O'Melveny


Find out more about these winning poets & commended poets here



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2019 Seán O'Faoláin
Short Story Competition

Deadline: July 31st




2019 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
Deadline: June 30th




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The Cork International
Short Story Festival
Sept 25 - 28, 2019




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