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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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THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN INTERNATIONAL
SHORT STORY PRIZE

 

Word limit: 3,000 words
Closing date: 31st July (midnight)
Entry fee: €18 per story

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

1st Prize
€2000
Residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat
Publication in Southword 38

2nd Prize
€500
Publication in Southword 38

Four Runners-Up
€250
Publication in Southword 38


2019 Judge TBA

 

How to submit

Email entry

Send to: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie
Subject: "SOF entry 2019"
Attachments:

  1. The story for submission (Word document. We cannot accept PDF's). As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document.
  2. A cover letter (separate word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include
    - Your name
    - Story title
    - 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 €18 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.
  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 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story 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.

No. of entries

 

OTHER PAYMENT METHODS (Postal entries)

  1. Cheques payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE
  2. Bank drafts
  3. Other currencies: we can accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, Pounds sterling (£18 for each story or or US dollars ($22 for each story)
  4. Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  5. Please note that we cannot accept cash payment

Alternative methods of payment (Postal entries)

  • Cheques payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE
  • Bank drafts
  • Other currencies: We can also accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, US Dollars or Pounds sterling at a rate of £18 or US $22 for each story
  • Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  • Please note that we cannot accept cash payment

 

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About the competition
The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from March to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists and is sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.

If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize the centre will pay for hotel accommodation, meals and drinks at the Cork International Short Story Festival (September 23-25, 2019) - Ireland's only dedicated short story festival.

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat www.anamcararetreat.com is again awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner of the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Located just outside the colourful village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Anam Cara is a tranquil spot structured to provide support and sanctuary for people working in the creative arts. It offers private and common working rooms as well as five acres of walking paths, thirty-four nooks and crannies, a river cascades and a river island, gardens, and a labyrinth meadow. Editoral consultation is also available. The additional prize is valued at €700.

(The dates of the residency will be arranged between the writer themselves and Anam Cara, and can be scheduled before or after the week of the Cork International Short Story Festival. Otherwise, the week can be scheduled for another time of the year, at Anam Cara's discretion.)

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

 

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Shauna MackeySusan Maeir MoulMolia Dumbleton

Click here to learn more about O'Faolain winners in years past.

 

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PUBLICATIONS

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Southword Editions
Chapbooks

 

FELLOWSHIPS / BURSARIES

beasley

2019 John Montague Fellow
Sandra Beasley

 

davies
2018 Fellow Carys Davies

2019 Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship
applications now open

Deadline: 31st Jan 2019

 

FESTIVALS

fest

The Cork International
Poetry Festival

March 19 - 23, 2019

 

CISSF

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

 

COMPETITIONS

GOD

The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Results February 2019

 

SFC

The Southword Fiction
Chapbook Competition

Results January 2019

 

how to pass

The Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story Competition

2018 winner How to Pass
by Louise Crimmins
will be in Southword 36

 

FFP

The Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

2018 winners
1st: Katie Hale
2nd: Regina Melveny

 

 

VIDEO

Youtube channel


 

OTHER LINKS

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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