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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 Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Fellowship
and mentorship bursaries

 

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Zsuzsi Gartner

2016 Fellow Zsuzsi Gartner

 


It was determined that the lead-in time between the establishment of the fellowship and the appointment of the first fellow in 2016 was too short for an open-call process so the 2016 fellow was a straight appointment by the Artistic Director, Patrick Cotter.  The prize-winning Canadian author Zsuzsi Gartner was the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow. Ms Gartner is the author of two highly-praised short story collections All the Anxious Girls on Earth (Key Porter, 1999) and Better Living through Plastic Explosives (Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2011). She also edited the short story anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow which contained specially commissioned new work by many of Canada’s leading writers. Ms Gartner has extensive experience as a journalist, of serving on literary juries, teaching creative writing in and outside universities and privately mentoring many of Canada’s prize-winning young novelists and short story authors.

 

2016 Mentorship Bursary Recipients

 

The first two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries were awarded to Marie Gethins of Passage West, Cork, and David Brennan of Cork City. The two runners-up were Eimear Ryan of Cork, and Micheál Ó Siocháin of Charleville, Co. Cork.

Marie GethinsMarie Gethins’ work has fea­tured in The Irish Times, 2014/15/16 National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, NANO, Litro, The Lonely Crowd,Wales Arts Review, The Incubator, Firewords Quarterly and others. She won or placed in The Short Story, Tethered by Letters, Flash500, Dromineer Literary Festival, Kanturk Arts, The New Writer, Prick of the Spindle and 99fiction.net. Other pieces listed in From The Well, Boulevard Emerging Writers, Bath Short Story Award, Bristol Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story/Flash/Memoir, James Plunkett, Listowel Writers Week Originals, Inktears, Over the Edge, WOW! Award, and RTE/Penguin com­pe­ti­tions. Marie is a Pushcart, Best of the Short Fictions, and British Screenwriters Award Nominee. She is completing her Master of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and lives with her family in Glenbrook, Cork.

 

David BrennanIn 2014 David returned to Ireland after living in Japan for 12 years. He currently lives in Cork. In the last year he has been short listed for the Doolin Short Story award, the Curtis Bausse Short story award and long listed for the Fish Memoire prize. He has also published stories and poems in Memoryhouse, The Ogham Stone, Crabfat and Jungle Crows (a Tokyo anthology). He is currently working on a collection of stories, a novel or two, and a few other things! 

 

They were chosen by Cork’s inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, Canada’s Zsuzsi Gartner, who will be taking up her position in Cork on September 1st  for three months. Ms Gethins and Mr. Brennan will have the chance to work on one-on-one with Ms Gartner.

“Both of these writers demonstrated a strong personal style and voice, as well as a subversive sense of humour,” said Ms Gartner. “They appear to be dedicated to exploring the short story form in its infinite variety of possibilities.”

“That said, it was such a tremendously difficult decision to chisel the superb short list down to only two writers,” she added, “although it wasn’t at all a chore at all to read any of the entries, which were deliciously varied and offered up a broad range of narrative delights.”

In fact, Ms Gartner found the applicants so accomplished that she wished to acknowledge two runners-up as well as encourage all the short-listed applicants to try again in 2017.

“I look very much look forward to my time in Cork, with its rich literary history, and, if the Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries are any indication, an exciting literary future. And the food, of course, I’m licking my lips thinking about the food!”

 

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Words Ireland

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

 

New from Southword Editions!
New chapbooks by
John Fitzgerald
and Aidan Mathews

Available here


2017 Fool for Poetry
winning chapbooks
by John Mee
and Maya Catherine Popa

Available here

 

New Irish Voices
poetry chapbooks
by Roisin Kelly
and Paul McMahon


Available here

 

Southword

southword

Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition
2017

Workshops

Now accepting
submissions!

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now accepting
submissions!

 

 

 

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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