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Archived Announcements

  • Southword 43 Launch, 2nd February in Waterstones Cork
    The launch of Southword 43 will take place in Waterstones, Cork at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 2nd February with poetry and short story readings from issue 42 and 43 of Southword. We hope you’ll join us!
  • Southword Open for Poetry, Fiction and Essay Submissions
    Poetry submissions are open until 28th February. Southword pays contributors €40 per poem. We welcome submissions of up to four poems per submission period.  *NOTE: We have now closed poetry submissions for Southword early as we have already filled out quota of fabulous poems which we’re able to take for our 2022 issues – we […]
  • Episode 10 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 10 with Paul Muldoon is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Paul Muldoon is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the most recent, Howdie-Skelp (2021). His other awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Griffin Prize, the 2015 […]
  • Bookshop closed 21 December – 9 January
    Book orders received between 21st December and 9th January won’t be processed until after 9th January as the Munster Literature Centre will be closed for Christmas. Orders received after the 16th of December can’t be guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.
  • Southword Open for Poetry Submissions
    Unsolicited submissions of poetry (for our autumn 2023 issue) are open now until 28th February 2023. Southword pays contributors €40 per poem. We welcome submissions of up to four poems per submission period. Further guidelines are available at our submission manager. We are also holding the Southword Literary Essay Competition until 28th February 2023, which must be […]
  • Alexander MacLeod will be the 2023 O’Connor Short Story Fellow
    The Canadian author Alexander MacLeod will be taking up the appointment of Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow in October 2023. Visit our fellowship page for more information about this fellowship. Alexander MacLeod’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail. His first collection of short stories, Light Lifting, was […]
  • Southword Literary Essay Competition
    Judge: Patrick Cotter 1st Prize:€1,000 8 Runners-Up:€500 All nine essays will be published over the course of 18 months (next three issues of Southword) The competition is open to original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500 ‒ 5000 words. We’re looking for personal, confessional essays which border on memoir ‒ gripping essays full of memories and feelings. […]
  • Episode 9 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 9 with Ishion Hutchinson is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, the Whiting […]
  • Fees-free Poetry Workshop
    For Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at Third Level The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at third level. On offer is a series of six, weekly, 90 minute, Zoom-delivered, workshops beginning […]
  • Episode 8 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 8 with Susannah Dickey is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Susannah Dickey grew up in Derry and now lives in London. She is the author of four poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017), genuine human values (2018), bloodthirsty for marriage (2020), and Oh! (2022). In 2019 she won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, and in 2021 she was […]
  • A Recital by the Lviv Poet Halyna Kruk, Nov 17th
    In Solidarity with the Ukrainian People and presented by the Munster Literature Centre St. Anne’s Church, ShandonTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH 7.30PM doors open 7.10pmEntry FreeFree Booklet of Poems for all Attendees(Note: no toilet at church) Halyna Kruk (born November 30, 1974) is a Ukrainian writer, translator, educator, and literary critic. Her surname also appears as Krouk. […]
  • Episode 7 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 7 with Dean Browne is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Dean Browne won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2021 and his pamphlet, Kitchens at Night, was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition; it was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2022. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Banshee, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, […]
  • Episode 6 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 6 with Molly Twomey is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Molly Twomey grew up in Lismore, County Waterford, and graduated in 2019 with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork. She has been published in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Mslexia, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She runs an […]
  • 2022 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition Results
    The first prize winner of the 2022 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, E.M. Hughes, will read his winning story on 15th October 2022 at the Cork International Short Story Festival. The first prize, second prize, and shortlisted stories will be published in issue 44 of Southword in summer 2023. Alan McMonagle, the 2022 […]
  • Episode 5 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now
    Episode 5 with Shangyang Fang is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and composes poems both in English and Chinese. While studying civil engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he realized his bigger passion lies in the architecture of language and became a poetry fellow at Michener Center for […]
  • 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. […]