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Archived Announcements

  • Culture Night 2022: Catch a Culture Bus
    Based at City Hall on 23rd September, this year sees the return of the Culture Buses provided by Bus Eireann. Featuring Words in Motion – spoken word performances by Cork poets and writers, curated by the Munster Literature Centre, and supported by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. The special bus service will begin at […]
  • Episode 4 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 4 with Ciaran O’Driscoll is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Ciaran O’Driscoll lives in Limerick. A member of Aosdána, he has published ten books of poetry, including Gog and Magog (1987), Moving On, Still There: New and Selected Poems (2001), and Surreal Man (2006). His work has been translated into many languages. Angel Hour (SurVision, 2021) is his most recent full collection. […]
  • Charter for Inclusion
    In May 2021, Words Ireland commissioned a survey of Ireland’s writers, illustrators and literature sector workers which was led by Heather Maitland. Over 500 people responded. In October, a presentation of the headline findings took place online, including information on pay, conditions and diversity in Irish literature. This was followed in November by a 3-part […]
  • Apply for Mentorships in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction
    Eligible mentorship candidates must be currently residing in Munster. Candidates may apply to a maximum of two mentors, but no successful candidate can receive more than one mentorship. Mentorships will consist of four face-to-face, two-hour sessions between October – November 2022. Deadline for submission: 20th September 2022. Mentorship in Poetry with Thomas McCarthy Mentorship in […]
  • Submission Opportunity: Flash Fiction Introduction Readings for Munster Writers
    Open to writers living in Munster who have not yet published a full-length book of fiction (Novel, Short Stories, Novella, Flash, 100 pages or more.) Successful candidates will be one of five chosen to read from their work for ten minutes on the afternoon of Friday October 14th at the Cork International Short Story Festival. […]
  • Episode 3 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 3 with Jenna Clake is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Jenna Clake‘s debut collection of poetry Fortune Cookie won the Melita Hume prize in 2016, and was published in 2017 by Eyewear. It received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2018, and was shortlisted for a Somerset Maugham Award in the […]
  • Suji Kwock Kim: 2022 O’Donoghue Poetry Competition Judge
    Competition prize and submission details here. Suji Kwock Kim is author of NOTES FROM THE DIVIDED COUNTRY, which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Whiting Writers’ Award, Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize; […]
  • Episode 2 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 2 with Cameron Awkward-Rich is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of two collections of poetry: Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and Dispatch (Persea Books, 2019). His creative work has been supported by fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, and the Lannan Foundation. Also a scholar of trans theory and expressive […]
  • Episode 1 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 1 with Victoria Kennefick is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Victoria Kennefick‘s debut poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022 and was awarded the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year 2022. Most recently, it has been shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize […]
  • July 2022 Newsletter
    Plain text version of our newsletter sent on 25 July 2022. To keep up to date on future news about festivals, competitions, workshops and more: The dates for the 2022 short story festival are October 12th to 15th 6 Days to Go Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize Alan McMonagle 2022 Judge Alan McMonagle has […]
  • Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition now open for entries
    Our annual chapbook competition is now open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. The other winner may have previously published poetry books. Up to 25 other entrants will be […]
  • Southword Subscriber Competition Results
    Winners of our most recent free-to-enter flash fiction and poetry competitions for current subscribers to Southword will be published in issue 42 of Southword in June 2022. Winners of the Southword Subscribers Poetry Competition 1st place: ‘At the Thermopolium’ by Audrey Molloy 2nd place: ‘Thornley’ by Mark Corcoran 3rd place: ‘Sestina for a Lost Cow’ […]
  • A Gathering of Words: Cruinniú na nÓg
    A creative poetry workshop for 9-12 year olds with poet Niamh O’Connell, hosted by Munster Literature Centre & Nano Nagle Place, Saturday 11 June 2022 (12:00 – 13:30 IST) The aim of the workshop is to engage the children with poetry. Poetry is often believed by children to have strict forms and rhyming schemes. By […]
  • Announcing the winners of the 2021 Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition
    1st Prize: Earth’s Black Chute by Cian Ferriter(Dublin, Ireland) Cian Ferriter lives with his family in Dublin. He has been published in national and international poetry journals including Southword, Crannóg, Cyphers, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Wales and the Lonely Crowd. He won the Westival International Poetry Competition 2019, was a runner-up in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2020 and was […]
  • Tina Pisco is the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow for 2021
    Tina Pisco has been appointed the sixth Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow. Pisco has been a professional writer for thirty years, publishing novels, poetry and short story collections, a collection of newspaper columns, as well as comics, screenplays and internet drama scripts. She has taught creative writing all over Ireland and works as an editor […]
  • Basher Bacon performs new poems by Cork School Children for Crinniú na nÓg
    Basher Bacon (with help from Frank the dog) visited the Munster Literature Centre to read ten truly remarkable poems by Cork school children age 8 to 12 years old for Crinniú na nÓg, June 12th.
  • Submissions to Southword open
    Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published every spring and autumn by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Kim Addonizio, Tess Gallagher, Colm Tóibín and Vona Groarke. Our spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O’Donoghue and Seán […]
  • Cork Poet Laureate: William Wall
    The Cork Poet Laureateship is an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre, funded by Cork City Council. During a period of historic upheaval the laureateship is conceived as a project where a Cork poet can respond personally to themes and issues of public import affecting Cork City and County. These can be sporting events, current […]