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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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What to Submit  Entry Fee  *  Dates  *  Prizes  *  How to Submit

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What to Submit:

10,000 -15,000 words which can consist of a novella, a long short story, several short stories, a collection of flash fiction, or a mix of stories and flash. Stories can have been published previously in anthologies or in web or print journals, but not in a stand-alone publication by the author.

 

Entry Fee:

25 Euro

 

Dates:

Deadline for receipt of entries is October 31st 2018

Winners will be announced by January 31st 2019

Winning chapbooks will be published by April 30th 2019

 

Prizes:

Two winning manuscipts will be selected; Best International Entry and Best Irish Entry.

Both will win a chapbook publication (made available internationally through Amazon), 20 complimentary copies of their chapbook, and advances of 250 euro each.

 

How to Submit:

Entries will be accepted through Southword’s submittable portal only.

Nothing to identify the author must be included in the submitted manuscript document. All information about the contents’ previous periodical publication etc. will not be needed until the manuscript is selected for publication.

Authors are advised that the finished publications will not include illustrations. All entries will be read and judged anonymously by Southword Editions editor Patrick Cotter.

Submitted manuscripts can be in PDF, WORD or RTF format through this submittable page only.

   

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Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

 

Visit our Youtube channel
to view events from
previous festivals and more


Words Ireland

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

 

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 2018

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Judge Paul McVeigh

Read the 2017 winning story by Louise Nealon

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018

 

The Cork International
Poetry Festival

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Wednesday March 27-
Saturday March 30 2019

 

The 2018 Southword Fiction
Chapbook Competition
is now accepting entries.
Deadline 31st October

 

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The 2018 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
is now closed

 

 

Southword Editions
Chapbooks

on sale in
our bookstore

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including Fool For Poetry
winners, the New Irish
Voices series & more

 

 

The Gregory O'Donoghue
International
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

This year's winner is Rob Lipton
whose poem will be published
in the next issue of Southword

The competition will reopen
for submissions in
September 2018

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2018 Fellow Carys Davies

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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The Munster Literature Centre
   

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

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

   
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