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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 SEAN O'FAOLAIN SHORT STORY PRIZE

All information regarding the 2012 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is available on the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize page.

 

 

Congratulations to the winning, shortlisted and longlisted writers in the 2015 competition.

 

1st Prize: Evelyn Walsh (Georgia, USA)
'White Rabbit'

2nd Prize: Dolores Walshe (Leitrim, Ireland)
'Small Yellow Sun'

Shortlisted Stories
(Listed in alphabetical order. These stories will be published
in a future edition of Southword Journal.)

Kevin Klinskidorn (Pennsylvania, USA). " Mind the line. Mind the line."
Miranda Luby (Victoria, Australia). "The corn coder's daughter."
Wayne Price (Aberdeen, Scotland). "Everyone's the Same Inside."
John Saul (Suffolk, UK). "Chelsea."

Longlisted Stories
(In alphabetical order)

Jan Carson (Belfast, Northern Ireland). "We've got each other and that's a lot."
Grace French (County Dublin, Ireland). " Diving for Dust"
Sarah Gilmartin (Dublin, Ireland). "Coastal Shelf"
Brian Kirk (Dublin, Ireland). "The Prize"
Jo Mazelis (Swansea, Wales). "The Twice Pricked Heart"
Anne O'Brien (Brussels, Belgium). "These Silver Fish"
John L. O'Donnell (Dublin, Ireland). "Young Woman With Unicorn."
Julia Prendergast (Victoria, Australia). " Everything that matters is silvery white."
Joanna Walsh (Oxford, England). "Two."

 

View winning and commended authors from

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2003 - 2007

 

 

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THE 2014 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS


First Prize

Susan Maier-Moul's 'Pleasure' (USA)

Second Prize

Kathy Conde's
'This is the place where it all breaks down: A family alphabet' (USA)

Runners-Up

Annemarie Neary's 'Remote Control' (UK)
Brian Petkash's 'Flood' (USA)
Ger Galvin's 'Crow' (IRELAND)
Julia Patt's 'Stealing the Ace' (USA)

 

Highly Recommended Stories
(Longlist in alphabetical order)

Dominique Cleary's 'Dopamine & Debussy' (IRELAND)
Jane Harrington's 'All God's Children Gonna Take a Ride' (USA)
Martin Keating's 'Six Thirteen' (IRELAND)
Lyn Di Iorio's 'Girl with Translucent Skin' (USA)
Trisha McKinney's 'Bicycle Wheel' (IRELAND)
Maura Pelletieri's 'Whale' (USA)
Pauline Ryan's 'Tablecloth' (AUSTRALIA)
Richard Scarsbrook's 'Blink' (CANADA)
Jill Widner's 'The Empty Houses' (USA)
Michelle Wright's 'Blur' (AUSTRALIA)

 

 

 

THE 2013 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

Molia Dumbleton

First Prize: Molia Dumbleton's 'The Way We Carried Ourselves' (USA)

 

More winning and commended writers from 2013

Second Prize

Danielle McLaughlin's 'The Others' (IRE)

 

Runners-up

Ariel Berry 'To the stranger in the corner drawing wings on a napkin with a felt-tip pen' (USA)

Kevin Doyle's 'We Should Be Beyond This' (Ireland)

Aoife Fitzpatrick's 'The Observable Universe' (Ireland)

Gaynell Gavin's 'Blue Hour' (USA)

 

Highly Commended

Joanna Campbell--Gloucestershire, UK
'When Saturday Stopped'

Tracey Iceton--Stockton-on-Tees, UK
'Butterfly Wings'

P.A. Gallagher--Belfast, Northern Ireland
'The Winner'

Ruth Joffre--Iowa, USA
'Three Sides Surrounded by Mountains, One Side by Water'

Aviya Kushner--Illinois, USA
'Miriam'

Sheila Mulhern--Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
'The Thaw'

Siobhan Murtagh--Co Kildare, Ireland
'Praying to Rubens'

Joseph Neal--New York, USA
'The Heavy Man'

Jill Widner--Washington, USA
'When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution'

 

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THE 2012 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

Sophie Hampton wins the 2012 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize

First Prize: Sophie Hampton's 'White Socks & Weirdos' (UK)

 

More winning and commended writers from 2012

Second Prize

Thomas Watson's 'Café at the V&A' (UK)

 

Runners-up

Ferdia Lennon 'Raskolnikov & I' (Ireland)

David Mohan's 'Aerial Meditations of the Slob Land's Only Prince' (Ireland)

Dan Purdue's 'Gecko' (UK)

Maree Spratt's 'The Graveyard Shift' (Australia)

 

Commended Authors

Ryka Aoki (USA) - Like Bits of Broken Glass
Simon Ashe-Browne (Ireland) - Three in a Bed
Anne Bentley (UK) - Heartwood
Pat Black (UK) - The Voracious Reader
Lucy Jane Bledsoe (USA) - Thaw
Cathy Marie Buchanan (Canada) - Bois de Boulogne
Cherone Duggan (USA) - The Fence
CJ Hauser (USA) - The Mechanicals
Michael Holloway (UK) - She Was a Fan of Edward G. Robinson”
James Martyn Joyce (Ireland) - Resurrection
Elise Kinsella (Australia) -  The Meaning of a Moment
Paul Lenehan (Ireland) - December Swimmers
Sarah C Linnane (Ireland) -  I’ve Been Thinking a Lot Lately
Sheila Llewellyn (Northern Ireland) - Dislocation
Andrew Meehan (Ireland) - Come to Bed
Sara Shumaker (USA) – Can’t Just Be What You Are
Tara West (Nothern Ireland) -  Unstoppable
David Wilkes (Ireland) - Late Style

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THE 2011 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

PG O'Connor wins Seán Ó Faoláin Competition

 

First Prize: P.G. O'Connor (Limerick, Ireland)--'The Haggard'

 

More winning and commended authors from 2011.

Second Prize: Laura Rock (Ontario, Canada)--'Woman Cubed'

 

Highly Commended Stories

Guy Barriscale (Donegal, Ireland)--'Jamesy'

Jeremy Castle (Tipperary, Ireland)--'The Smallest Window in the World'

David O'Doherty (Cork, Ireland)--'Post Office'

Martha Williams (Cornwall, UK)--'Wet Stones'

 

Commendations

AUTHOR NAME FROM STORY TITLE
Celeste Augé Co Galway, Ireland
DeeDee and the Sorrows
D. Bruton Borders, Scotland Not as Fast as Lightning boy
Madeleine D'Arcy Cork, Ireland Soft Shoes
Jackie Davis Gisborne, New Zealand Transference
Sharda Dean Hertfordshire, UK Free George Clooney in every box!
Samantha Hutton Victoria, Australia Boundless
Lenore Myka Massachusetts, USA Lessons in Romanian
Claire M. O'Neill La Spezia, Italy The Vegetable Man
Robert Peett Berkshire, England My Father's Eyes
Lilvia Soto Arizona, USA Tuesday's Tertulia
Rebecca Swirsky London, England Crossing the Line

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THE 2010 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

Nikita Nelin 2010 winner of the Sean O Faolain Prize

 

First Prize: Nikita Nelin's 'Eddie'

Read Nelin's blog on his festival experience as the Seán Ó Faoláín prize winner.

 

More winning and commended authors from 2010.

Second Prize: Bernie McGill's 'No Angel'

 

Highly Commended Authors

D.W. Wilson's 'Big Bitchin' Cow'
Shannon Cain's 'Nigerian Princess'
Serge Shea's 'The Capital of Thailand'
Judy Crozier's 'Sidetrack'

 

View more commended authors on the judge's long list at Tania Hershman's blog 'Titania Writes'.

 

Shortlisted Authors

In alphabetical order by author's surname:

 

'Falling' by Elizabeth Baines--Manchester, UK

'We Call this Living; or, Ghosts' by Mac Barrett--Brooklyn, NY, USA

'Red Flyer' by Tom Bryan--Kelso, Scotland

'Ramon' by Shannon Cain--Tuscon, Arizona, USA

'The Tale End' by Susan Kim Campbell--Marina Del Rey, California, USA

'Sidetrack' by Judy Crozier--Preston, Victoria, Australia

'I Want You to Say It' by Alyn Fenn--Schull, Co. Cork

'Mamma' by Julia Gwynne--London, UK

'On the Night South Africa is Effectively Eliminated from the World Cup' by Liesl Jobson--Plumstead, South Africa

'La Cumparsita at Paris Charles de Gaulle' by Claire King--Los Masos, France

'Afterlife' by Wes Lee--Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand

'Seeing Things' by Deena Linett--West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

'No Angel' by Bernie McGill--Portstewart, Co Derry, Northern Ireland

'You Would Feel Your Heart Fall Over' by Sarah Frost Mellor--Bristol, UK

'Sparrow' by Nora Nadjarian--Nicosia, Cyprus

'Eddie' by Nikita Nelin--Brooklyn, NY, USA

'Advice and Sandwiches' by P.G. O'Connor--Castleconnell, Co Limerick, Ireland

'Tarts' by Paul O'Reilly--Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

'Advice re Elephants' by Jonathan Pinnock--St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

'Boa Constrictor' by Analisa Raya-Flores--Los Angeles, California, USA

'The Opposite of Fog' by Sara Kay Rupnik--Richmond, Virginia, USA

'Sleeping with the Brothers Karamzov' by Terre Ryan--New York, NY, USA

'The Capital of Thailand' by Serge Shea--Brooklyn, NY, USA

'Man is Born to Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upwards' by Terese Svoboda--New York, NY, USA

'Big Bitchin' Cow' by Dave Wilson--Norwich, UK

'Ex-Boyfriend in Prison' by James Armour Young--Recife, Brazil

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THE 2009 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

Alexa Beattie, Sean O Faolain Short Story Competition Winner

First Place: "Cold Cut" by Alexa Beattie, CT, USA

 

More winning and commended authors from 2009.

 

David Mohan

Second Place: "My Friend Joe" by David Mohan, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 

2009 Shortlist

(alphabetical order)

"Snow" by Elaine Barnard, California, USA

"Harm" by Michael Copperman, Oregon, USA

"Southern Hospitality" Alyn Fenn, Co.Cork, Ireland

"The Mason's Tale" by Alec Solomita, MA, USA

"Holding On" Sheena Wilkinson, Co. Down, N. Ireland

Commendations

(In order of entry)

 

“The Shaman Can’t Call the Spirit Home” Benjamin Arda Doty, Mn, USA

“Scattered Teeth” Tabitha Roemish, Seattle, USA

“The Statistician” Richard Scarsbrook,Toronto, Canada

“The Fallen Cone” Sasha Margolis, Ohio, USA

“Nel Mezzo del Camin” James Moynihan, Cork, Ireland

“The Sky at Night” Robert Keaton Mac Donald, California, USA

“Giving Up” Gerry McCullough,  Northern Ireland

“The Girl in the Window” Brian Kirk,  Dublin, Ireland

“Island Shaman” René J. Navarro, Pennsylvania, USA

“The Girl at the Fair” Howard Petote, North Carolina, USA

“ Italian Lesson” Grace French,  Dublin, Ireland

“The Grind” Dónal Moloney, Waterford, Ireland

“Waiting for the Bullet” Madeleine D’Arcy, Cork, Ireland

“The Boys” Emily Firetog,  Dublin, Ireland

“Dancers” Andrew FoxDublin, Ireland

“Losing Amanda” Andrew Rodgers, North Carolina, USA

“Never, Ever bring this Up Again” Luke WoodsNew York, USA

“A Smudge of Color” Chris Nicholson,  New York, USA

“The Cost of Fuel” Kathryn Hively, New Jersey, USA

"Dilation" Beverly Parayno, California, USA

 

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THE 2008 WINNING & COMMENDED AUTHORS

 

Julia van Middlesworth
2008 winner Julia van Middlesworth. Photo ©2009 John Minihan.

 

JULIA VAN MIDDLESWORTH

Julia Van Middlesworth was named the winner of the 2008 Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition. She appeared in person at the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival to receive her award and read from her winning story, "Daddy Dead". Purchase Southword Journal #15, which contains the winning story, here.

 

More winning and commended authors from 2008.

Anna May Mangan received 2nd place in the competition.

 

2008 SHORTLIST

ELIZABETH COSTELLO (Dublin, Ireland)

NATALIE DIAZ (Arizona, USA)

BENJAMIN ARDA DOTY (Minneapolis, USA)

COLM KEEGAN (Dublin, Ireland)

GENINE LENTINE (San Francisco, USA)

ANNA MAY MANGAN (Wembly, UK)

TERESE SVOBODA (New York, USA)

CATHY SWEENEY (Bray, Ireland)

MICHELLE TANDOC-PICHEREAU (Cotes d'Armor, France)

JULIA VAN MIDDLESWORTH (New Jersey, USA)

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2003 - 2007 WINNERS

2007 TOBY MCGRATH

2006 JOYCE RUSSELL

2005 JAMES MOYNIHAN

2004 JON BOILARD

2003 WILLIAM WALL

 

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Words Ireland

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

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now accepting
submissions

 

Southword issue #30

southword

 

Read the latest issue
of Southword here

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

2016 Fellow:
Zsuzsi Gartner

Zsuzsi Gartner
Applications now
being accepted for
2017 residency.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

2016 winners announced!

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Pen

Short story
festival workshops
coming soon

 

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2016 winners announced

 

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 


Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September

 

 

 

Southword Issue 30

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 
 
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