The Munster Literature Centre

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager.

You'll find information below about Southword Journal, as well as the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship.

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the establishment of a new initiative aimed at benefiting short story writers: The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council (The municipal government). 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 international 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. Deadline for applications for the Autumn 2018 fellowship is November 30th 2017. The successful fellow will be informed by the middle of December. The long lead-in time is in order to allow high calibre candidates with regular commitments to apply. A full description of the benefits and duties of the fellowship, along with submission guidelines appears below during open submissions periods.

Fiction mentorship bursaries for Cork City and County residents

There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by the Frank O’Connor International Fellow. Eligible applicants must be resident in the city or resident in the county and contributing to the literary life of the city. Minimum requirements must be one fiction periodical publication credits. There will be no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply. Exceptions being writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC, who may not apply.  A short list of as many as six candidates will be selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who will select the two successful candidates. The application process deadline for mentorship bursaries is 29 May 2018.

Southword Literary Journal

Southword Journal is the literary journal published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Tess Gallagher, Colm Toibín and Vona Groarke. Poems and prose (in English and Irish) are considered between mid-January and March 15th each year for our summer issue. Poems in English are considered between July and September 15th for our winter issue; poetry, prose and literary criticism in Irish is also accepted during this time. From May through July, fiction writers may submit their work to the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, the winners of which will be published in Southword Journal.

Because Southword writers are paid, the amount of articles, poems etc. published is limited by budget. The managing editor has a large panel of reviewers to draw on and cannot consider unsolicited reviews. Publishers should take note that Southword’s limited review space is almost exclusively reserved for books by Munster-born and resident authors and books by other authors cannot be considered. We also regret we cannot guarantee to publish reviews of all Munster-interest books submitted. Munster authors who would like to be reviewed in Southword can email a query letter to reviews editor Patrick Cotter at director(AT) . Please do not send in your book until asked to by the editor.

Southword pays contributors €30 per poem and €120 per short story. Payment to writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad must accept payment through Paypal.

To read back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal at:

To purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 - #15) please visit our online bookstore:

To learn more about the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, running in late autumn, visit

To learn more about the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in spring/summer, visit

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail ( or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.