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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 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

Judge

Submission Guidelines

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Previous Winners

 

About the Prize

1st Prize
€2,000
Residency (one week) at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
Hotel accommodation & board at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2020)
Publication in Southword 38

2nd Prize
€500
Publication in Southword 38

3rd Prize
€250
Publication in Southword 38

Ten runners-up
€50
Publication in Southword 38

 

The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. 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. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: 30th November, 2019 (midnight). Entries will be accepted from the 1st August.

Cost of entry: €7 per poem or €30 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 on poem pages / documents.

 

Judge

 

Kim Addonizio

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Kim Addonizio is an American writer whose dozen books include Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). Her New & Selected, Wild Nights, was published by Bloodaxe. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me.

 

Submission Guidelines

EMAIL ENTRY

Send to: godcomp@munsterlit.ie
Subject: GOD entry 2020

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) as the title 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 title(s)
    - 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 attached as a Word document and not in the body of the email.
  3. Payment of the entry fee can be made through the following payment portal:
No. of entries

 

POSTAL ENTRY

  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 with an irish postage stamp. We will confirm the receipt of international entries via automatic email response.

 

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.

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 (£7 for each poem or £30 for a batch of five) or US dollars ($8 for each poem or $35 for a batch of five)
  4. Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  5. Please note that we cannot accept cash payment


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Further Details

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition was first held in 2010. It is an poetry prize for a single poem, open to writers from around the world from August to November annually. Sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, the prize is named in honour of the late Irish poet long associated with the Centre.

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 February 2020 and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2020). We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up to date with all competition developments directly.

If the winner chooses to come to Cork to collect their prize, the centre will pay for hotel accommodation, meals and drinks during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2020).

Prize winnings will be subject to exchange rates valid on the date payment is issued. 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.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre www.tyroneguthrie.ie is again awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a welcoming, home-like and trusted environment. The dates of the residency will be arranged between the writer themselves and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

 

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The winning and shortlisted poems of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2010 - 2018 can be read through Southword Online below. The Munster Literature Centre marked the return of Southword as an exclusively print publication with issue 35 in August 2018. The 2019 winning and shortlisted poems feature in issue 36, available here.

 

Winning poems available to read on Southword Online:

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 for results of past competitions, including runners-up and commendations

   

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2019 Gregory O'Donoghue
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