Munster Literature Centre
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Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship

The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council. The fellowship follows on from the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and further demonstrates the commitment of the Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council to the short story community. Named for one of Cork’s most renowned writers, it acknowledges the special place the short story form occupies in the cultural history and contemporary practice of the city.

Benefits of the fellowship

The successful fellow benefits from the prestige of receiving a highly competitive international literary award which will not only allow the candidate to spend time concentrating on their own work, but also to acquire more experience in the delivery of workshops and seminars. The successful fellow also receives a stipend of €8000, in four monthly instalments of €2000.

Duties of the fellowship

The fellowship requires the writer to be available in Cork city for certain responsibilities such as readings, seminars and workshops and to find time to work on their own writing. Details of these duties are updated year to year.

Criteria for Selection

Fellowship applications are invited from writers working in English. Writers who work in another language whose work is published in English translation and who are fluent in English themselves are also welcome to apply.

The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length works of fiction published at the time of deadline, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The ideal candidate will be a writer respected by peers and experienced in the giving of writing workshops.

Former O’Connor fellows or any writer currently in receipt of another MLC monthly stipend are ineligible to apply.

Submission Guidelines

Candidates must supply through Submittable a single Word document consisting of

1) a literary CV

2) a letter explaining why they want the fellowship

3) brief details of their own current writing

4) a course outline for a four morning short story workshop aimed at writers, some of whom might already have periodical publication success, who wish to extend their technical abilities.

Selection Process

A shortlist of up to six candidates will be selected by the Creative Director of the Munster Literature Centre and subsequently assessed by a panel consisting of the Creative Director of the Munster Literature Centre, Aosdána member Thomas McCarthy and Professor Clíona Ní Riordáin of the New Sorbonne.

Previous Fellows

Tina Pisco
2021 Frank O’Connor Fellow

Alannah Hopkin
2020 Frank O’Connor Fellow

Sara Maitland
2019 Frank O’Connor Fellow

Carys Davies
2018 Frank O’Connor Fellow

Marie-Helene Bertino
2017 Frank O’Connor Fellow

Zsuzsi Gartner
2016 Frank O’Connor