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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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Gregory O'Donoghue

THE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
POETRY COMPETITION


 

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

 

About the Prize

The Judge

Submission Guidelines

Previous Winners

Southword Journal

 

 

About the Prize

1st Prize:
- €1000
- a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
- paid travel expenses (up to €600) and 4 nights accommodation in Cork city during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 20-23)
- publication in Southword Journal

2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword

3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword

Ten runners-up will bee published in Southword and receive €50 publication fee.

The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of less than 40 lines. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018 (midnight). Entries will be accepted from the 1st of August.

Cost of entry: €5 per poem or €20 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems please make more than one entry.

As the poem is judged anonymously, the entrant's name must not appear in the poem document or on the poem page.

 

Judge

Brian Turner’s latest book, My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir has been called “Achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful” by Nick Flynn and “a humane, heartbreaking, and expertly crafted work of literature” by Tim O’Brien. My Life as a Foreign Country is published by W.W. Norton & Company in the US and Canada, and by Jonathan Cape/Random House in the UK and Ireland. His two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007) and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010; Bloodaxe Books in October of 2010) have also been published in Swedish by Oppenheim forlag. His poems have been published and translated in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish.


Judges rotate annually. Past judges have included Matthew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur, Leanne O'Sullivan, Mary Noonan and Patrick Cotter. The judge will read each and every entry themselves; There is no preliminary screening process.

 

Submission Guidelines

Email entry:

Send to: godcomp@munsterlit.ie
Subject: "GOD entry 2018"
Attachments:

  1. The poems for submission with each poem in a seperate word document. (We cannot accept PDF format). Please use the title of the poem (or the first few words of the title) is the tile of each document. As the competition is judged anonymously, please do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document as this could lead to disqualification.
  2. A cover letter (separate word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include
    - Your name
    - Poem titles
    - Email address
    - Phone number
    - Postal address
    - Image of PayPal receipt or the Paypal transaction ID  number
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
    Please ensure that this information is in the attachment and not in the body of the email.
  3. Payment of the entry fee can be made through PayPal (see below)

Postal entry: please include:

  1. Submission manuscript (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript. Each poem should be printed on a seperate page with no back to back printing.
  2. Cover letter - see details above. Cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity.
  3. Payment: If you have paid through Paypal, just quote the Paypal transaction ID. Alternatively we accept cheques and bank drafts (see details below)
  4. Send to:
    The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition,
    The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House,
    84 Douglas Street,
    Cork, T12 X802
    Ireland
  5. Please DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
  6. If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope. We can confirm the receipt of international entries via email.

Paypal

- Paypal will deduct the fee in your own currency.
- As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter.
- You do not need a paypal account.

# of Poems

Alternative methods of payment (Postal entries)

  • Cheques payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE
  • Bank drafts
  • Other currencies: we can accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, and in Pounds sterling (£5 for one poem £10 for two, £15 for three and £20 for four or five).
  • Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  • Please note that we cannot accept cash payment


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Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 27-30, 2019). We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter (above) if you would like to be kept up-to-date with all competition developments directly.

Prize winnings will be subject to exchange rates valid on date payment is issued. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for five days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, an officially registered charity in the Republic of Ireland Charity. No. 12374. All entry fees received in this competition will be disbursed in prize money, judge's fee and to fund services the Centre provides to writers and readers.

 

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Previous Winners of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition


Mark Wagenaar
Leila Chatti
2018 winner:
Robert Lipton
2017 winner:
Mark Wagenaar
2016 winner:
Leila Chatti
Breda Wall Ryan
Maya Popa
Judith Barrington
2015 winner:
Breda Wall Ryan
2014 winner:
Maya Popa
2013 winner:
Judith Barrington
Suji Kwock Kim
Sandra Ann Winters
John F Deane
2012 winner:
Suji Kwock Kim
2011 winner:
Sandra Ann Winters
2010 winner:
John F. Deane

 

Click here to view results of past competitions, including runners-up and commendations


 

 

   

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The Cork International
Poetry Festival 2019

Wednesday March 20-
Saturday March 23 2019

 


The Cork International
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Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

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2018 Fellow Carys Davies

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

 

 

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 
 
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